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Exning, Suffolk

Historical Description

Exning or Ixning, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands in an isolated part of the county, near Icknield Street, 1¼ mile from Burwell station on the G.E.R., and 2 miles NW from Newmarket, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Newmarket. The parish contains also the Newmarket workhouse. Acreage, 4987; population of the civil parish, 2757; of the ecclesiastical parish of St Agnes, 227; of St Martin with Landwade, 2420. The family of Shepherd had formerly a seat here, and St Etheldreda, the founder of Ely Abbey, was a native. Exning Hall is the residence of the Baird family. The living is a vicarage, united with Landwade, in the diocese of Ely; net value, £320 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. The church, which is an ancient building of flint and stone in the Early English and Decorated styles, has a tower, contains remains of brasses and armorial bearings, and is good. St Philip's Church, erected in 1894, is a mission church in St Martin's parish, about half a mile from Newmarket. There is a Wesleyan chapel. Shepherd's charity for the poor has £100, and other charities have £20. There is an estate, the proceeds of which are devoted to the church. Part of the town of Newmarket is hi this parish, Exton, a hamlet in Woodbury parish, Devonshire. Exton, a village and a parish in Hants. The village stands 1½ mile N by E of Droxford, and 5 NE of Bishops Waltham station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Bishops Waltham. The parish comprises 3567 acres; population of the civil parish, 285; of the ecclesiastical, 238. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church was rebuilt in 1847, and is in the Early English style.

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 CountySuffolk 
Ecclesiastical parishExning St. Martin 
Poor Law unionNewmarket 

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


The Cemetery of 2 acres was formed in 1886, at a cost of £1,200.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1558.


Church of England

St. Martin (parish church)

The church of St. Martin is an ancient structure of flint with stone dressings, in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, transepts, south porch with a small parvise over it, and an embattled western tower, containing a clock and 5 bells: the stained east window, erected in 1901, is a memorial to Mr. Mathew Dawson and his wife, and in the chancel are two ancient tombs, one of which formerly bore the brass effigy of a priest: both are destitute of inscription: the church was partly reseated in 1892, and now affords 500 sittings.

St. Philip's Mission church

St. Philip's mission church is an iron structure seating 150 persons.


Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

There is a Wesleyan Methodist chapel.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Exning from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Suffolk is available to browse.


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

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Suffolk papers online:

DistrictForest Heath
Postal districtCB8
Post TownNewmarket