Exton, Rutland

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Thatched cottages in Exton
Exton is located in Rutland
 Exton shown within Rutland
Area  6.36 sq mi (16.5 km2[1]
Population 600 2001 Census[2]
   – density  94/sq mi (36/km2)
OS grid reference SK924111
   – London  85 miles (137 km) SSE 
Unitary authority Rutland
Shire county Rutland
Ceremonial county Rutland
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OAKHAM
Postcode district LE15
Dialling code 01572
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Rutland and Melton
List of places

Coordinates: 52°41′24″N 0°37′59″W / 52.690°N 0.633°W / 52.690; -0.633

Exton is a village and civil parish in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England.

The Village[edit]

The village includes a tree-planted green overlooked by the Fox & Hounds pub.

In the south of the parish towards Rutland Water is Barnsdale Gardens which were created by Geoff Hamilton of the BBC television series Gardeners' World.

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.[3] It is a Grade II listed building.

Exton Park[edit]

Fort Henry, Exton Park
Main article: Exton Hall

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[edit]

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.[4] 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.

The church is a Grade I listed building.[5]



  1. ^ "A vision of Britain through time". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rutland Civil Parish Populations" (PDF). Rutland County Council. 2001. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Barnsdale, Exton". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Listing text

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