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Bentley with Arksey was formed in 1866 by the grouping of the two townships of Arksey and Bentley. From 1875 to 1894 it formed part of Doncaster Rural Sanitary District, and from 1894 to 1911 was included in its successor, Doncaster Rural District.
Historically Bentley and Arksey civil parish was in the ecclesiastical parish of Arksey in the lower division of the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill.
Urban district introduction and abolition
On 1 April 1911 the civil parish was removed from the rural district and constituted a separate urban district. It was divided into five wards for election of members of the urban district council.
In 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972, municipal administrative areas throughout England and Wales were reorganized. Bentley and Arksey was combined with ten other authorities to form the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. Bentley and Arksey now forms an unparished area within the metropolitan borough. At the census of 2001 it had a population of almost 34,000.
- GENUKI on Bentley and GENUKI on Arksey. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
- The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Arksey provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
- A Vision of Britain through Time on Bentley and A Vision of Britain through Time on Arksey.
- A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps for what is now South Yorkshire, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
- Ordnance Survey West Riding 1888. The "Sanitary Districts (which preceded the rural districts) for the whole of the West Riding.
- Ordnance Survey West Riding South 1900. The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (the southern part of Bradford, the southern part of Leeds, the southern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the southern part of Selby, Goole Rural District, and all the divisions of Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield)
- Ordnance Survey West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.