Thatched cottages in Exton
Exton shown within Rutland
|Area||6.36 sq mi (16.5 km2) |
|Population||600 2001 Census|
|– density||94/sq mi (36/km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||85 miles (137 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Rutland and Melton|
The village includes a tree-planted green overlooked by the Fox & Hounds pub.
Further south, on the north shore of Rutland Water, stands what was the Barnsdale country house and is now the Barnsdale Hall Hotel and Country Club. Barnsdale was a large country house, built in 1890 as a hunting lodge for Earl Fitzwilliam by architect E. J. May. It is a Grade II listed building.
Exton Park is a large country estate which has been home to the Noel family (Earls of Gainsborough) for over four centuries. The present Exton Hall was built in the 19th century close to the ruins of the original Tudor mansion which had burnt down in 1810. The romantic Fort Henry, a pleasure-house in the elegant late eighteenth-century Gothick style overlooks lakes formed by the North Brook.
Church of St Peter and St Paul
The grand Anglican parish church of St Peter & St Paul lies within the park and contains an impressive collection of monuments including work by Joseph Nollekens. There is also a fine marble tomb by Grinling Gibbons, dating from 1685, showing Viscount Campden with his fourth wife, Elizabeth Bertie, and carvings of his 19 children. It is a large and impressive medieval parish church, built in the 13th and 14th centuries . The church spire was struck by lightning in 1843, causing a fire that melted the roof, shattered the windows, and destroyed the west end of the church. It was subsequently rebuilt by J. L. Pearson in 1852/3.
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