"BENTLEY, a parish in the hundred of Samford, in the county of Suffolk, 6 miles to the S.W. of Ipswich, its post town. It is a station on the Great Eastern railway at the junction of the Hadleigh branch line. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Norwich, of the value of 182, in the patronage of the Rev. C. E. R. Keene. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The parochial charities amount to 2 a year. In this parish is an ancient seat of the Tollemache family, who were settled here before the Norman Conquest. Here, too, was Dodnash priory, a small establishment for Augustine canons, founded by the ancestors of the Duke of Norfolk. At the Dissolution, when it was given to Wolsey, its value was 43."

"DODNASH, a hamlet in the parish of Bentley, incorporation and hundred of Samford, in the county of Suffolk, 7 miles S.W. of Ipswich. A priory of Black Canons formerly existed here; its revenue at the Dissolution was 42 18s. 8d."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003



Church History

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