Our Latest News

November 5, 2019

Watch this space....

October 18, 2017

We are delighted to announce that, following a successful launch in Helpston, Torpel Manor: The Biography of a Landscape is now available.

Priced at only £12, this is a bargain for the work of dozens of people over five years, and printed in glorious full colour by Pet...

September 13, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Torpel Manor: the Biography of a Landscape will be published by the Langdyke History and Archaeology Group on 30th September 2017.  Come along to the launch if you can!

September 13, 2017

Many thanks again to Chien-Jyun Chiou, University of York.

August 23, 2017

Chien-Jyun Chiou, one of our digital heritage students at the University of York, has produced a couple of nice 3D reconstruction videos, to show how Torpel may have looked back in its medieval heyday.  Here's the first: take a look.

July 15, 2016

I wrote a little piece about our Torpel research for the national Day of Archaeology blog. Take a look: 


June 3, 2016

We would like to offer a big vote of thanks to everyone who came out to help with our fieldwork. Whether​ you helped clear the field for us, helped lay out tapes, tried your hand at surveying earthworks, molehills, gradiometry or resistivity, repaired our equipment, di...

March 20, 2016

We had a number of events  in July 2016, as part of the Festival of Archaeology. For more details, see here: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2592

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Our Latest Events

July 13th 2016

New Publication Coming Soon!

We are currently working on a book for you: Torpel Manor: The Biography of a Landscape.  Watch this space!

July 23rd, 2016

Public Viewing, Torpel Manor Field Interpretation Centre

We have events for you in July, as part of the Festival of Archaeology.  For more details, see here: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2592

Welcome to Torpel!

This is the public website for the Torpel Manor Archaeological Research Project. The project is an exploration of an enigmatic medieval fortification in Helpston (Cambs), the home of John Clare.


The project is a collaborative venture between the Langdyke Countryside Trust, the Helpston Archaeology Group, and the Department of Archaeology, University of York (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund).

Here you'll be able to find out about forthcoming events and recent activities, and look into the online archive of information that lies behind our publications.

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