"BENTLEY, a parish and liberty in the Odiham division of the county of Southampton, 5 miles to the N.E. of Alton, and 44¼ from London. Farnham is its post town. It is a large village, in Alton Union and County Court district, and has a station on the Alton and Farnham branch of the London and South-Western railway. Hops are grown in this district. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Winchester, of the value of £106, in the patronage of the Archdeacon of Surrey. The church, an ancient structure with tower, is dedicated to St. Mary. There is a Wesleyan chapel and National school. The produce of the parochial charities is £17 a year. Fairs are held here on the 25th January, the 22nd June, the Saturday in Easter week, and the 25th October. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]