Place:Bentworth, Hampshire, England


Located inHampshire, England
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Bentworth is a village and civil parish in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England, about northwest of the town of Alton, just west of the A339 road. It lies at the northern edge of the South Downs National Park, a region recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The parish covers a large area of , of which about seven per cent of it is woodland. Bentworth is the highest parish in Hampshire and contains one of the highest points in South East England at more than above sea level. According to the 2001 census, Bentworth has a population of 466. In 2013, Bentworth won the Hampshire Village of the Year Award.

Bentworth has a long history which can be traced to Saxon times, of which Roman remains have also been found in the area. After the Norman conquest in 1066, the manor of Bentworth was not named in the Domesday Survey of 1086 but was part of the Odiham Hundred. The village of Bentworth has grown in recent years, with the construction of several houses, as well as the post-Second World War development in Glebe Fields.

The parish contains several large houses, such as the pre and post-1832 Bentworth Hall, Burkham House, Gaston Grange and Thedden Grange. The estate of Bentworth Manor was split up as a result of various sales from the 1930s to 1950s. St Mary's Church, a Grade II* listed building, is at the centre of the village and has parts that date from the late 1100s.

The village has two public houses — the Star Inn and the Sun Inn — a primary school, and its own cricket club. Bentworth formerly had its own railway station, the Bentworth and Lasham railway station on the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway, until the railway's closure in 1932. The nearest railway station is now 3.6 miles (5.8 km) east of the village, at Alton.

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