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Exton, Rutland

Historical Description

Exton, a village and a parish in Rutland. The village stands on an affluent of the river Gwash, 5 miles ENE from Oakham station on the M.R., and -was known at Domesday as Exentune. The parish comprises 4072 acres; population of the civil parish, 651; of the ecclesiastical, with Horn, 674. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyRutlandshire 
Ecclesiastical parishExton St. Peter and St. Paul 
Poor Law unionOakham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1597.

Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Exton:



Church of England

SS. Peter and Paul (parish church)

The church of SS. Peter and Paul is an edifice of stone in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave with clerestory, small transepts, aisles, south porch and a western tower with lofty spire, containing 6 bells: the construction of the upper part of the tower is singular and unusual, since its battlemented parapet, with large embattled octagonal turrets at the angles, rises out of the lower stage of a broach spire, which in turn supports an octagonal embattled lantern, and from this springs the remainder of the spire, relieved by two tiers of dormers: on the north side of the chancel is a monument to Sir James Harington kt. ob. 1591, and on the south side others to Baptist, 4th Earl of Gainsborough, d. 21 March, 1750-1, Elizabeth (Chapman), his wife, and Thomas Noel esq. her second husband, d. 1790: in the north transept is a monument to Baptist, 2nd Baron Noel and 3rd Viscount Campden. ob. at Exton, 29 Oct. 1863: in the tower are memorials to Anne (Chichester), ob. 1627, first wife of Thomas, Baron Bruce of Kinloss and Earl of Elgin, and to Sir John Harington kt. of Exton, treasurer of the army of Henry VIII. at Boulogne, and Elizabeth (Moton), his wife; and one in the north aisle to Lieut.-Gen. Noel, 1766; the east window is a memorial to Charles Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough, of the second creation, d. 10 June, 1866; that within the tower being to the memory of the Hon. and Rev. Leland Noel M.A. hon. canon of Peterborough and vicar of Exton, d. 10 Nov. 1870; there are other stained windows: the church was restored in 1853 and the interior reseated: a new organ has been provided at a cost of £330: there are 345 sittings.

There is a Roman Catholic Church, opened in 1868, and dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury; it was built by Charles George, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough, and adjoins the Hall, with which there is communication.

There is also a Wesleyan chapel.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Exton from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Rutland is online.


Online maps of Exton are available from a number of sites:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Rutland, 1618-19 and The Visitation of Rutland 1681-2 are available to browse on the Heraldry page.

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE15
Post TownOakham