St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church Exton

St Peter’s and St Paul’s church Exton perches above the ever widening River Meon and away from the flood meadows

Exton means home of the East Saxons and it is quite possible that they built the first church on this site in the early C10th. The present church dates from the C13th with all the usual additions, including an unusual south weeping chancel, which is at a quite noticeable angle to the nave.

St Peter's and St Paul's church Exton
St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church Exton

It is home to two unusual monuments as well, the first the encrypted monument to Dean Young and the other an extraordinary headstone brought into the church for safe keeping, showing a man surrounded by his books and library of Chippendale style bookcases, greeting death.

St Peter's and St Paul's church Exton
Unusual Headstone Inside the Church

Opposite the church are lovely old thatched cottages, whilst below, the Meon in full flood rushes past this ancient building.

River Meon at Exton
River Meon in full flood at Exton
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