Place:Fenny Bentley, Derbyshire, England

NameFenny Bentley
Alt namesBenedlegesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 69
Fenny-Bentleysource: Family History Library Catalog
Woodeavessource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.05°N 1.733°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoWirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Ashbourne Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Fenny Bentley is a small village and civil parish located close to Dovedale in the Derbyshire Dales District of Derbyshire, England. The population in 2009 (local estimate) was 305 reducing to 183 at the 2011 UK census. The population of the village has fluctuated slightly since the 19th century, with a peak in 1841 of 343 people living there.

It lies two miles north of Ashbourne, on the A515 road Buxton to Ashbourne Road. It is the most southerly village in the Peak District.

Sir Thomas Beresford, who died in 1473, is buried with his family in St Edmund's Church in the village. They were from a prolific family who lived in the area for generations, and owned much of the property and land there. It is suggested that everyone with the surname Beresford is descended from them and there are still reunions held in Fenny Bentley every spring as it is now the meeting place for the Beresford Family Society.

Cherry Orchard farm is located opposite St Edmunds Church. Previously known as Bentley Hall, it was once the home of the Beresford Family and at the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th century it was the home of Thomas Beresford as well as his wife and children.

Many of the residents of Fenny Bentley in the past worked at Tattersell Cotton Mill, which was located in Woodeaves, a nearby hamlet approximately 1 mile from Fenny Bentley. The mill was built in 1784 by John Cooper, and was originally powered by the Bentley Brook. Around 100 people were employed there, mainly for the Nottingham lace and cotton trade. In 1886, the mill was brought by Manchester cotton merchant Cornelius Tattersell, father of John Lincoln Tattersall (1865-1942) who was also employed there; he established a home in nearby village Thorpe, Derbyshire with his wife Lizzie Harland in 1893. In 1908, the mill ceased production but the warehouse was taken over in 1910 by William Nuttall. Originally from Melton Mowbray, he was the brother of John Nuttall, who was the owner of the Harlington Cheese Factory which made Stilton cheese until 1930.

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Fenny Bentley was originally an ancient parish in the Wirksworth Hundred of Derbyshire, England. It was an ancient parish without any subsidiary chapelries or townships.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became an urban district/became part of the Ashbourne Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan Derbyshire Dales non-metropolitan district.

Research Tips

  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) does not appear to cover Derbyshire geographically. A History of the County of Derby: Volume 2, edited by William Page is a part-volume covering the religious houses of the county. No further volumes have been found.
  • GENUKI main page for Derbyshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Derbyshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
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