The History Section of this website has been an attempt to utilise the archive material to do with Lyndon and the families that have lived there over the last three hundred years. We have recently made a start on putting everything in chronological order based on the Conant Family Tree.

The two families that have been most prominent in the life of Lyndon and played a leading role are the Barkers and the Conants and therefore we have included material that pre-dates their connection with Lyndon.

The Lyndon Estate in its present form was created over 300 years ago when it was purchased by Abel and Thomas Barker in 1663 for £9,400.00. A few years later work began on Lyndon Hall and the house was completed in 1677. In the 19th Century the Estate was inherited by Edward Nathaniel Conant from his Uncle The Reverend Edward Brown who was a cousin of Anne and Mary Barker, the last of the Barker family to live at Lyndon.

Lyndon remains an Estate Village, as it has been for centuries, retaining much of its charm and rural character and providing an almost unique place to live in the the 21st Century. It is surrounded by an agricultural estate extending to over 1000 acres.


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Richard Conant

Born 1548 died 1630 aged 82, married Agnes Clarke, born Colyton (daughter of John Clarke).

Family Tree

Robert Conant

Born Bicton, married Elizabeth Morris in East Budleigh 14 October 1607, born Devon. Robert died 1638, Bleton, Devon. Will proved 23 May 1638 A.C.E.


Roger Conant

Statue of Roger Conant

Born 1592, baptised 9th April 1592, married 11 November 1618, Sarah Horton at St. Annes, Blackfriars, London. Emigrated to Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1623. Ancestor of the Conant family in America. Will recorded in probate records of Essex County. Statue outside the Witches Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Died 19th November 1679 , aged 87.

Roger Conant

Family Tree

Conants in Canada

John Conant DD

Dr J C Conant

Born 18 October 1608 at Yeatanton, married Elizabeth Reynolds (daughter of Dr. Edward Reynolds). BA 26 May 1631. Fellow 1633-7. Rector 1649-62 Exeter College, Oxford DD 29 May 1654. Regius Professor of Divinity 1654. Vice-Chancellor Oxford University. Expelled as Rector of Exeter College, Oxford for non-conformity. Appointed Commissioner for review of the Book of Common Prayer 1661. Vicar of All Saints, Northampton 1670, Archdeacon of Norwich 1676. Preb Worcester 17 Nov 1681. D 12

Life of John Conant

The Old Hall


Anne Barker


Lyndon Hall


Mary Barker

Robert Conant

Born 1670 died 1756 aged 86, married Mary Medlicot. Citizen and merchant of London.

William Whiston

Rev. John Conant

Born 28 May 1706 died 2nd April 1779 aged 73, married 1733, Mary Wake, (daughter & co-heir of Rev. William Wake). 1st cousin of Archbishop Wake. Pembroke College Oxford BA 1727 MA 1730 Buried St. George’s Brunswick Square.

Thomas Barker

Front Cover

Sir Nathaniel Conant Kt.

Sir Nathaniel Conant

Born 10 Apr 1745 died 12 April 1822, married 1776, Sarah Whiston, (daughter of John Whiston). Police Magistrate, Marlborough Street, Chief Magistrate Bow St. Knighted 1813.

Sir Nathaniel Conant


John Edward Conant

Born 18 October 1777 died 13 October 1848 aged 71, married 1817, Catherine Brown, (daughter of Edward & Sarah Brown of Barn Hill Stamford). Commander RN. Police Magistrate Marlborough Street, 1817.

John Edward Conant

Edward Nathaniel Conant

Edward Nathanial Conant

Edward Nathaniel Conant was born on 15 May 1820. He was the son of Commander John Edward Conant and Catherine Brown. He married Gertrude Mary Proby, daughter of Reverend Charles Proby, on 27 August 1844. He died on 17 September 1901 at age 81.

Edward Nathaniel Conant was educated at Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire, England. He graduated from St. John's College, Oxford, England, in 1842 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and in 1845 with a Master of Arts (M.A.).
He was a practising barrister and held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) and Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.). In 1862 he inherited Lyndon Hall from his maternal uncle, Reverend Edward Brown. He lived at Lyndon Hall, Oakham, Rutland, England.



Newspaper cutting


Ernest William Proby Conant

E W P Conant

Born 7 March 1852 Westbourne Terrace baptised St.James Paddington died 14 August 1920 aged 68. Eton 1865. Oxford. Justice of the Peace Rutland. High Sheriff of Rutland 1907 . Married 12 July 1898 Eva Mildred Tryon eldest daughter of Lt. Col. Tryon of Bulwick Park. Buried Lyndon.


Aslackby Temple


Conants of America


Ted Conant

Sir Roger John Edward Conant Bt.

Roger Conant

Born 28 May 1899, London, married (1) 9 Nov 1920, divorced 1972, Daphne Lorraine Learoyd, born 16 May 1888, Huddersfield, (daughter of Alfred Ernest Learoyd) died 1976, Oakham, married (2) 21 Jul 1972, in Chelsea Register Office, Mary Buchanan (nee Worth), died c 1982. Sir Roger died 27 Feb 1973, London, buried: Lyndon. 1st Baronet, created 30 June 1954. Comptroller of the Household 1951-54 (Contemporary of Lord Tryon as Keeper of the Privy Purse). CVO 1953. MP Derbyshire - Chesterfield, 1931-35. -Bewdley, Worcs 1937-50. -Rutland & Stamford, Lincs 1950-59. Conservative Whip 1946-51

Leicester Record Office

Harry Betts

The Servants


Sir John Ernest Michael Conant Bt.

John Conant

Born 24 Apr 1923, at Lyndon, Farmer and Landowner, married (1) 16 September 1950, in Lyndon, Periwinkle Elizabeth Thorp, (daughter of Dudley Thorp) died 1985 married (2) 11 Jul 1992, Mary Clare Attwater, born 26 May 1945, Maracaibo, Venezuela, (daughter of William Edmund Madden). Eton College and Corpus Christi, Cambridge. High Sheriff of Rutland 1960.

Model Farm

Simon Edward Christopher Conant

Born 13 October 1958, Oakham, Farmer and Landowner, Lloyd's Underwriter, married Justine Sarah Preston 20 May 2000. Eton College and Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

Tower Appeal

Family Tree

Nathaniel Edward Charles Conant

N Conant

Born 25th July 2007 Leicester. St Mary & St John CEVA Primary School, North Luffenham, Rutland.

Witham Hall Preparatory School, 2013.

Lyndon Village