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Farthingstone, St Mary

Farthingstone, St Mary

It will be primarily the late 19th century / 20th century stained glass that will draw you to this small medieval church at the centre of this handsome ironstone village.

The church itself was well restored in the mid - 19th century, note the forest of poppy headed pews some decorated with animals playing musical instruments. The stained glass is slightly later and commences with the east window by Swaine and Bourne, 1882 put up by the Grant family.

More interesting are the windows commissioned by Phillip Agnew, the owner of Punch Magazine, who lived at Littlecourt House, now sadly demolished, on the outskirts of the village designed for him by Walter Cave in 1905.

In the south nave window you will find, unusually for a church, a large allegorical figure of Flora standing amongst the sea of roses. This is to the memory of Agnew’s daughter put up in 1927 . Further towards the rear of the nave are windows to the memory of Agnew’s sons and grandsons as military knights - St Bars and St Galahad, and St Gareth and St Villars. These memorials to young men lost in the wars are particularly fine examples of that genre.

You will also find in the village Joymead, a garden that Agnew had designed in memory of his daughter complete with a cloister on it’s west side designed by W Talbot Brown in memory of his son.

Please refer to the Glossary for any terms in the text that you are unfamiliar with.

Contact & Opening Times

Farthingstone, St Mary, Farthingstone, Northamptonshire, NN12 8EZ|
[email protected]|

Opening Times

The church is normally open during daylight hours.


Contact Details

Church wardens:

Linda Mayne – 01327 361430

Betty Ore – 01327 361426

Email: [email protected]

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