English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Arksey

Historical Forms

  • Benedleia, Beneslei, Beneslaie, Benelei 1086 DB
  • Benetleia, Benetlai, Benetley, Benetl' c.1185–1211 YCh Hy3 BM 1234 FF 1243 Fees
  • Benteley(e), Bentelay 1276 RH 1279–81 QW 1285 KI 1453 Pat
  • Bentley, Bentlay 1285 KI 1303 Aid 1416 YDvi 1822 Langd


'Glade or clearing overgrown with bent', v. bēonet , lēah . The compound occurs several times in YW.