History of Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton

Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton is in Exton.

After 10 May 1490 Alice Southill 1460-1490 was buried at Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton. After 05 Nov 1524 John Harrington 1480-1524 was buried with his wife. Monument Tudor Period. Dogs Head Crest. Bedesman and Lion at his feet. Esses and Roses Collar. Dogs chewing at her dress with Studded Collar. Probably Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent. Gabled Headress with Lappets. Chunky Lions Mane. Swirling Tail.

After 21 Feb 1581. Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton. Monument to Robert Keilway 1497-1581. Elizabethan Period. This memorial is attributed by Pevsner to Nicholas Johnson and by others to Nicholas Stone Sculptor 1587-1647. Made of various marbles, a large standing wall monument of 1580, richly decorated and with a recumbant and kneeling figures of the whole family, in an aedicule, capped by obelisk, arms, etc.

The inscription reads "Here lies Robert Keylway a distinguished esquire among civilians (whilst he lived), renowned for talent, learning and virtue, who loved retirement, lived as a Christian and died in the Lord on the 21st of February 1581 in the year of our Salvation, 1580, and the 84th year of his age. He left Anne (27) his sole heiress and only dearly loved daughter married to John Harrington of Exton, Knt (41), whom he had always affectionately loved as a son and friend, by which Anne (27) the said John (41) had during the life of the aforesaid Robert (84) two children, a son, Kelwey, who died Dec. 2nd, 1570, 21 weeks old, and lies buried here with his grandfather, and also a daughter Lucy (1) still surviving, and may God grant her a long life. To pay, therefore, a just tribute to so dear and affectionate a parent and to leave to posterity an evidence of their deep gratitude, the said John (41) and Anne (27) have raised this. Monument and dedicated to their father, Keylwey, and their son Keylwey (to their lasting memory if it so please God) and design it, if God will, as a sepulchre for themselves also".

Around 1590 Unknown Painter. Portrait of John Harington 1st Baron Harington 1540-1613. Around 1606 John Critz Painter 1551-1642. Portrait of Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford 1580-1627. Around 1615 William Larkin Painter 1582-1619. Portrait of Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford 1580-1627. Before 07 Dec 1680 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680. Portrait of Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford 1580-1627. 1612. Studio of Isaac Oliver Painter 1565-1617. Miniature Portrait of (probably) Lucy Harrington Countess Bedford 1580-1627. Oliver painted the woman's pearl earrings using Nicholas Hilliard's jewelling technique, which involved laying a raised blob of white lead paint with some shadowing to one side. This form was then crowned with a rounded touch of real silver that was burnished with, to quote Hilliard,

On 24 Jan 1592 James Harrington 1511-1592 (81) died. He was buried in the Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton. Monument to James Harrington 1511-1592 (81) and Lucy Sidney 1520-1591 (72). A large standing Elizabethan Period monument with 2 kneeling figures at a prie-dieu in a double aedicule. Wrought in various marbles and enriched with low-relief carving, strapwork etc. surmounted by obelisk, and arms. Stylistically similar to the monument to Robert Keilway. Possibly sculpted by Nicholas Johnson Sculptor -1624 or Nicholas Stone Sculptor 1587-1647 (5).

On 20 Mar 1627 Anne Chichester -1627 died in childbirth. She was buried in the Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton. In north aisle, a very classical monument for its date, black and white marble table tomb with shrouded effigy. The Chichester Crest being a Heron with an Eel in its mouth.

On 29 Oct 1682 Baptist Noel 3rd Viscount Campden 1611-1682 (71) died. Edward Noel 1st Earl Gainsborough 1641-1689 (41) succeeded 4th Viscount Campden. Elizabeth Wriothesley Countess Gainsborough 1646-1690 (36) by marriage Viscountess Campden. He was buried at Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton.

A huge monument in black and white marble, with a tall base on which stand obelisks, on balls capped by two black urns and a large open pediment. Within, are the Viscount and his fourth wife Elizabeth Bertie Viscountess Campden 1640-1683 (42) in effigy and various lowreliefs, depicting his previous wives and ninetenn children, in Roman dress, completed at least by Grinling Gibbons Sculptor 1648-1721 (34).

Around 1662 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680. Portrait of Elizabeth Wriothesley Countess Gainsborough 1646-1690. Around 1665 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680. Portrait of Elizabeth Wriothesley Countess Gainsborough 1646-1690. One of the Windsor Beauties. Around 1670 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680. Portrait of Elizabeth Wriothesley Countess Gainsborough 1646-1690.

In 1686 James Noel 1668-1686 (18) died. Monument to James Noel 1668-1686 (18) in the Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton.

On 28 Jul 1690 Baptist Noel 1658-1690 (31) died. He was buried at Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton.

On 21 Mar 1751 Baptist Noel 4th Earl Gainsborough 1708-1751 (43) died. Baptist Noel 5th Earl Gainsborough 1740-1759 (11) succeeded 5th Earl Gainsborough 1C 1682.

13 Nov 1771 Elizabeth Chapman Countess Gainsborough 1708-1771 (63) died.

In 1788 Thomas Noel 1705-1788 (83) died.

Monument in Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton sculpted by Joseph Nollekens 1737-1823 (13) in 1787.

On 13 Apr 1765 Horatio Mann 2nd Baronet 1744-1814 (21) and Lucy Noel were married at Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton.

On 17 Sep 1766 Lieutenant-General Bennett Noel 1715-1766 (51) died. He was buried at the Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton. After 07 Apr 1784 Elizabeth Adams 1715-1784 (69) was buried with her husband.

Monument sculpted by Joseph Nollekens 1737-1823 (29). A reclining female figure with a cornucopia, on a sarcophagus backed by an obelisk with medallions and putti.

On 10 Mar 1907 George Sholto Douglas Pennant 2nd Baron Penrhyn 1836-1907 (70) died. Edward Sholton Douglas Pennant 3rd Baron Penrhyn 1864-1927 (42) succeeded 3rd Baron Penrhyn of Llandegai in Carnarvonshire. Blanche Georgiana Fitzroy Baroness Penrhyn -1944 by marriage Baroness Penrhyn of Llandegai in Carnarvonshire.

Monument in Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton.

On 22 Aug 1918 Tom Cecil Noel 1897-1918 (20) was killed in action at Westrosebeke. Monnument in Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton.