Farthingstone is a delightful small village in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. Situated half way between Towcester and Daventry, the village has 79 houses, St Mary’s Church, the Baptist Chapel, The Kings Arms pub and a Village Hall which used to be the school. They also have the Joymead Memorial Garden and Cloister as a wonderful amenity for use by the Villagers.
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.
Farthingstone Village Hall
The Kings Arms
A friendly local village pub specialising in quality ales and foods. Between three and four real ales are available every week to be enjoyed in the relaxed atmosphere of the stone flagged bar with its large inglenook fireplace. Food is served every weekend on Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes when a variety of interesting lunches are available.
Dating from the 18th-century and Grade II listed, rebuilt after a fire in 1870 from stones left over from a nearby church refurbishment and has gargoyles peering down.
The garden is something special even to non-gardeners, a delightful sheltered and unusual garden, full of herbs, succulents and other unusual plants, available for customers to use when the weather permits.
The interior is traditional and cosy with stone flagged bar and its large inglenook fireplace and a relaxed atmosphere.
Even the decoration in the Gents is a feature not to be missed.
The food is simple but excellent offering specialities of British cheese and Loch Fyne fish.
Quiz night (Tuesday)
Once a month inter-village quiz on a Wednesday night
League Northants skittles every other Thursday
Kings Arms Library (in skittles room) – (donated books) 50p to Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Air Ambulance
Various other special events
Beers and Beverages
Ale range constantly changing
Real cider constantly on hand pump
Free of electronic music
Garden - a very special garden
Farthingstone Golf Club
Farthingstone Nomads Cricket Club