St Michael, Farthinghoe, Northamptonshire

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Feature Sets (3)


Romanesque interest at St Michael's centres on the W tower; constructed of bands of ironstone and grey stone in its lower parts, and originally unbuttressed but with diagonal buttresses and a plinth course added. The top storey is of rubble and has 14thc. windows and a battlement. Inscriptions supply the names of two churchwardens and the date 1654, which must correspond to a restoration. 12thc. work surviving here comprises the W doorway and the tower arch, both extremely plain. For the rest, the nave is aisled with 13thc. arcades of three bays and a later clerestorey. The chancel is narrow with S chapel (now a vestry) as wide as the nave aisle and almost as long, and there are signs of a rood loft inside, and a stair turret for it in the angle between nave and chancel on the N side.


In 1086 Farthinghoe was reckoned among the lands formerly belonging to Earl Aubrey but then in the king's hands. A priest was recorded.

Benefice of Aynho and Croughton with Evenley and Farthinghoe and Hinton-in-the-Hedges with Steane.


Exterior Features


Tower W doorway.

Plain, continuous, single order.

h. of opening (ignoring modern step) 2.40 m
w. of opening 1.03 m

Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

Tower arch

W arch

Single order, round headed but depressed slightly on the S side. The embrasures are plain and square with plain hollow chamfered imposts.



  • G. Baker, The History and Antiquities of the County of Northampton. 2 vols, London, 1822-41, I, 624-26.
  • J. Bridges, The History and Antiquities of Northamptonshire. (Compiled from the manuscript collections of the late learned antiquary J.Bridges, Esq., by the Rev. Peter Whalley). Oxford 1791, I, 170-71.
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire. Harmondsworth 1961, rev. B. Cherry 1973, 212.
Exterior from NE
Interior to E


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SP 536 398 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Northamptonshire
now: Northamptonshire
medieval: Lincoln (Dorchester to 1085)
now: Peterborough
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Michael and All Angels
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Ron Baxter