Farthingstone shown within Northamptonshire
|Population||179 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|List of places: UK • England • Northamptonshire|
Farthingstone is a village in the district of Daventry in the county of Northamptonshire in England. It is close to the major trunk routes of the M1 junction 16, M40 motorway, and A5 road, in secluded location at the head of a picturesque valley,
The population at the 2001 census was 179.
The parish church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, dates from around 1250. It was extensively renovated in the 1920s by the Agnew family, owners of Punch magazine, as a memorial to family members killed in World War I. Since 2006, the parish has formed part of the Lambfold benefice, together with the parishes of Blakesley, Maidford, Litchborough and Adstone.
To the north-east of the village, south of Castle Dykes Farm, is evidence of a univallate hillfort and the buried remains of a Bronze Age barrow. This is a recorded national monument.. To the north of Castle Dykes Farm is Castle Dykes, a Norman motte castle with three baileys. In 1712, workmen digging on the site of the castle found a "room with a vaulted stone roof, and another room beneath and rudely carved stones with human figures on them"
Farthingstone was listed in the Domesday book as Fordinestone. Other medieval spellings include Fardenston, Ferdingstone, Fardingestun and Fardyngton. The village was given to the Earl of Moreton by his half-brother, William the Conqueror. The land belonged to the Fawsley Hundred.
There is an 18-hole golf course northwest of the village