"EXNING, a parish in the hundred of Lackford, county Suffolk, 2 miles N.W. of Newmarket, its post town and nearest railway station on the Great Eastern line. It is situated near the Roman highway Icknield Street, and contains part of the town of Newmarket. This is said to have been the birthplace of St. Etheldred, by whom Ely Abbey was founded. The union poorhouse is in this parish. A rivulet passes through the parish, rather famous in the neighbourhood for its pickerel. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value with the curacy of Landwade, £465, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. The church is an edifice of ancient date, with tower and fine Gothic window. It is dedicated to St. Martin, and contains some traces of armorial bearings and inscriptions. The register commences in 1492. The parochial charities produce nearly £160 per annum, £80 of which are for church purposes, and the remainder for the benefit of the poor; Mr. Shepherd's being the principal benefaction. The Wesleyan Methodists have a chapel. Exning Lodge is the principal residence."
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)