Historical Bentham

Historical Bentham

The earliest traces of occupation are to be found in Low Bentham. The Romans passed this way, for a section of Roman road has been discovered, as has an Anglo-Saxon cross on the site of the present church – proving the existence of a settlement in the 8th Century.

Over time it was the nearby community at High Bentham that developed to the thriving Market Town that it is today.

It is probable that the name “Bentham” is a derivation of the Anglo-Saxon words “bent” (rough grass) and “heim” (home). In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was the manor of “Benetain” and in Tudor times “Bentum”. The oldest existing building is Stonegate House within Low Bentham, whose deeds are dated 1609.

The photographs shown below are from the Collection of David Johnson, local historian and author, and are reproduced here with his kind permission.

The Collection contains images dating back to the late 1800’s and we intend to add more to this section of the website in the coming months.

Bentham Main St - Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee

Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations – Bentham Main St

Haymaking at Harrisons Calf Cop 1900

Haymaking at Harrison’s Farm Calf Cop 1900

Low Bentham Co-operative Circa 1904

Low Bentham Co-operative Circa 1904

Richard Butterfield at Bank Head with Tom and Dick Butterfield 1907

Richard Butterfield at Bank Head with Tom and Dick Butterfield 1907

Bentham Wanderers Footballers 1920's

Bentham Wanderers Footballers 1920’s

Coronation Day Celebrations 1953

Coronation Day Celebrations 1953

Locomotive 43295 at Bentham Station 1956

Locomotive 43295 at Bentham Station 1956