Place:Exton, Hampshire, England

Alt namesEssessentunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 123
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.983°N 1.133°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoFawley Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located before 1834
Meonstoke Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located after 1834
Droxford Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Winchester District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Exton is a small village and civil parish in the Winchester District (or City of Winchester) of Hampshire, England. The village lies in the South Downs National Park, on the west bank of the River Meon, immediately to the north of Corhampton. It is located two miles north east of Droxford and five miles northeast of Bishops Waltham. Its name first appears in 940 as East Seaxnatune, meaning "farmstead of the East Saxons".

The 13th-century church of St. Peter and St. Paul was heavily restored in the 19th century.

Exton has remained a small community for more than two centuries. In 1801 Exton's total population was 224, and although by 1901 it had grown slightly to 299, by 2001 the population had shrunk back to 230.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Exton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"EXTON, a village and a parish in Droxford [registration] district, Hants. The village stands 2 miles N by E of Droxford, and 5 NE of Bishops-Waltham [railway] station; and has a post office under Southampton. The parish comprises 2,464 acres. Real property: £2,640. Population: 257. Houses: 41. Exton Lodge is a principal residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value: 331. Patron: the Bishop of Winchester. The church was rebuilt in 1847, and is in the early English style."

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 3, chapter on Exton.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons
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