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 was 305 reducing to 183 at the 2011 Census. It
lies two miles north of Ashbourne, on the A515
Buxton to Ashbourne
Road. It is the most southerly village in the Peak District.
1.1 St Edmund's Church
1.2 Beresford Family name
1.2.1 Cherry Orchard Farm
1.3 Tattersall Cotton Mill
4 External links
Population change in Fenny Bentley
Records show that a settlement has existed at
Fenny Bentley since
being mentioned in The
Domesday Book in 1086, when it was known as
Benedlege. Early records of The Church of St. Edmund date back as far
as 1240, with much of the available historical data that provides
information on the village being associated with the church and the
information recorded here. The introduction of the census in the
United Kingdom in 1801 means that more consistent information on the
parish and how it has developed over time is now available. The
population of the village has fluctuated slightly since the 19th
century, with a peak in 1841 of 343 people living there.
St Edmund's Church
Located in the centre of the village, St Edmunds is an Anglican church
that has been heavily restored since being built. Early records of The
Church of St. Edmund date back as far as 1240, which show that Fenny
Bentley was one of six chapelries attached to St Oswald's Church,
Ashbourne The north aisle was added in 1850, and in 1864, the spire
was added to the original tower. It has seating for around 200 people.
Some interesting features of the building are its 16th-century
traceried screens as well as the alabaster Beresford tomb located
there, which holds the bodies of Sir Thomas Beresford, his wife Agnes
and their 21 children, all shrouded.
Beresford Family name
Sir Thomas Beresford, who died in 1473, is buried with his family in
St Edmunds 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
Cherry Orchard Farm
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.
Tattersall Cotton Mill
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
and cotton trade. In 1886, the mill was brought by
merchant Cornelius Tattersell, father of
John Lincoln Tattersall who
was also employed there; he established a home in nearby village
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.
Stilton cheese was produced there until 1930.
On the outskirts of the village is the Leatherbritches Bentley Brook
Inn and Fenny's Restaurant, a traditional busy country Inn with its
own brewery. The brew house is established in the old washhouse and
coal store at the back of the Inn where real ales are brewed two or
three times each week.
Fenny Bentley lies on the southern edge of the Peak District, within
Derbyshire Dales, East Midlands. It lies approximately 3 miles
from Dovedale, a Dale that features riverside paths accessible for
Dovedale is centred on the River Dove in a Limestone
valley. The site is owned by the National Trust, and the area is
very popular with tourists, with the
Peak District claiming to be the
second most visited National Park in the world with 22 million
visitors per year, behind
Mount Fuji National Park in Japan.
Tourism plays an important role for the few businesses that have been
established in Fenny Bentley, such as the Coach and Horses inn which
lies on the main route through the village, appealing to visitors to
the area who may pass through on the A515
Buxton to Ashbourne Road.
Much of the agricultural land around
Fenny Bentley is pasture, the
growing of crops being rare. It is suggested that arable farming was
never widely practised in the area although this has suggestion has
been challenged, with fossilised traces of ridge and furrow being
discovered beneath grass covered meadows, in fields around Fenny
Bentley, Thorpe and Tissington.
Early census reports show that many of the people living in Fenny
Bentley in the past worked locally. The majority of males worked in
agricultural professions in the area, whilst the majority of females
were distributed between having no known profession or being employed
in the textiles industry, most likely to be the Tattersall Cotton Mill
and other similar locations within the region.
More recently, the population of
Fenny Bentley is seen as generally a
little older, with a mix of families with older children and retired
households. The income in this area is generally above average and
residents typically work in managerial positions, are well educated
and are likely to have paid off their mortgages. The average house
price in the area has decreased more recently, with the average price
for a detached house in 2010 being £344,290, compared to an average
in the first quarter of 2012 of just £267,833.
Fenny Bentley has very few transport connections, although being
within easy reach of cities such as
Sheffield by road, this
is the only transport access to the village. The nearest alternative
transport connections are slightly further afield, Matlock Bath
railway station is located 8.98 miles away, whilst East Midlands
Airport is 22.98 miles from the village. The nearest port is located
in Liverpool, approximately 57 miles from Fenny Bentley.
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