Nothing much remains of Furtho village beyond a farm house and a few cottages - and the restored parish church dedicated to St Bartholomew. The church is 12th century, but much of what we can see today is the result of an extensive rebuilding around 1620, probably financed by Edward Furtho.
The building is of coursed limestone, with a mix of slate and tile roofs. It consists of only a nave, chancel, and west tower. The oldest part of the church is the south doorway, which may be late Norman and appears to have been reset, perhaps suggesting an earlier church on the site.
There are a mix of 13th and 14th century windows in the nave. The internal features include a 13th century piscina, tomb-recess and image-brackets. In the 14th century chancel is a marble memorial to Anthiony Furtho (d. 1558) and his two wives, as well as a monument to Edmund Arnold dated 1676.
Though the building looks peaceful now, it was not always so. During World War II the church was used as a storage place for documents by the Northampton Record Society. On one eventful occasion a bomb falling nearby destroyed all the windows. Near the church is a medieval dovecot, and the remains of the former village of Furtho can be discerned only as lumps and bumps in the surrounding landscape.
St Bartholomew's has not been used for regular services since 1935 and has now come into the hands of the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Furtho, St Bartholomew's Church
Address: Furtho, Northamptonshire, England, MK19 6NR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 10 miles south of Northampton off the A508. The church is in a farmyard along the track opposite Yardley Road between Old Stratford and Potterspury Lodge
Website: Furtho, St Bartholomew's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: John Jenkins, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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