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Torpel Castle And Torpel

Hob Uid: 350156
Location :
City of Peterborough
Bainton
Grid Ref : TF1106005350
Summary : Ringwork and bailey with adjacent earthworks of a deserted Medieval village. Site of a manor house.
More information : TF 1106 0535 APs show a motte and bailey with adjacent steadings.(1)

Torpol manor is first mentioned in 1198 (3) and a hamlet is noted in 1276. No village tenants are listed in 1605 (2). The situation of the village and castle are confirmed on a late C16 map. (4) Manorial history (3)

An earthworks complex comprising a Ring motte with double bailey and adjacent amorphous remains of desertion. Surveyed at 1/2500 (5)

This appears to be the site of a manor house with adjoining
enclosures. It occupies a roughly rectangular field of about four
hectares and is surrounded by a bank up to 1.0m high. A break in the bank on the west side may be recent, but the entrance on the eastern side is probably original.(6)

Fragments of Medieval pottery, including Stamford ware, have been found in adjacent fields.

TF 1106 0535 Ring & Bailey (NR) (7)

TF 1105 0543 Torpel Manor. In a field lying at the end of West Road, Helpstone, but actually in Bainton parish are a series of earthworks which have been identified as being the site of Torpel Manor. The Central Electricity Authority in laying out a new line placed a pylon on part of the site. The four bases cut into a platform on which lies the earth covered remains of a long building which was found to be of stone. The pottery recovered during rescue work seems to indicate that by the 12th century occupation was established and that as far as this single building is concerned there was probably no occupation after some point in the 14th century. There was a little 16th and 17th century material which may represent activity on another part of the site (8)

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Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : APs (RAF CPE/UK/1932 2074/5)
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Source : The Victoria history of the county of Northampton: volume two
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hist & Ants Northants 1791 2 600-2
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Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : MS map of Northants Burghley Atlas (Attrib Lord Burghley) (Poss B M)
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FDC 23-JAN-69
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Source Number : 6
Source : Durobrivae : a review of Nene Valley Archaeology
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Page(s) : 28-Sep
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Source Number : 7
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:10000 1977
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Source Number : 8
Source : Northamptonshire archaeology
Source details : A Challands
Page(s) : 186
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Vol(s) : 13, 1978

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Deserted Settlement, Manor House, Ringwork And Bailey
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CB 223
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TF 10 NW 13
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TF 10 NW 13
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-01-23
End Date : 1969-01-23