Benetleiam, or Benetleia
The Hugh Tallemache, whom Mr. Kirby says, paid a fine to Ipswich, for freedom
from toll for himself and his villains, in this parish, in the time of King
Henry III., was, most likely, the same personage who held of the Crown the
lordship here, in the 25th of the following reign; and, in the 29th of the same
King, had summons, among the Knights of this county, to attend his expedition
This ancient family, which is of English extraction, has continued in an
uninterrupted male succession, in this county, from the arrival of the Saxons,
until the death of the late Right Hon. Wilbraham Tollemache, Earl of Dysart, in
1821; a period of more than thirteen centuries.
They were possessed of lands in this parish, long before the Norman conquest,
where, till very lately, was to be seen, in the old manor house, the following
"When William the Conqueror reign'd with great fame,
Bentley was my seat, and Tollemache was my name."
William Tallemache gave lands in Bentley, and Dodness, to the Priory of Ipswich;
which were confirmed in the reign of King John.
In the 29th of Edward L, William and John Tallemache, had also summons to attend
the King at Berwick-upon-Tweed, previously to his expedition into Scotland. This
John took the Black Cross, and his arms are now remaining in the Minster of
Sir Lionel Tallemache, of this parish, flourished in the reigns of Henry VI.,
and Edward IV. He married the heiress of ________ Helmingham, of Helmingham, in
this county; by which alliance he acquired that inheritance, which is still the
capital mansion of a collateral branch of the family.
Jane, daughter of ______ Scroop, of this parish, married Thomas Brews, Esq.,
father of Sir John Brews, of Wenham, in this county, and Topcroft, in Norfolk.
There were several manors, in Bentley, viz.: the manor of Bentley and Bentley
Church House; Bentley Fastolfe, alias Langstones; the manor of Dodnash
and Charles: they are supposed to have merged into one; and the present lord is
Charles Edmund Keene, clerk, of Swyncombe, in Oxfordshire.
The only CHARITY named in the Commissioners' Report for this parish, is a
rent charge of £2 a year, upon a premises called "the Church House Estate, "then
the property of Benjamin Keene, Esq., and bequeathed by Talmach Duke, in 1716,
to be distributed in
bread to the poor, by the ministers and churchwardens.
Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page