Erpingham (the Norfolk village) is the ancestral home of Sir Thomas Erpingham - a celebrated medieval soldier and politician, reputed to have led the victorious English archers at the Battle of Agincourt, and later acknowledged in Shakespeare's Henry V as a steadfast and loyal 'old hero'.
Sir Thomas was born and lived in the family Manor House - now long gone, but known to have stood in what is identified locally as 'Castle Field'.
A recent survey of the site revealed foundations of a large moated building, together with some intriguing artefacts from the period.
So the Manor Project - now better known as 'Erpingham Dig' - began, with the aim of raising sufficient funds to purchase the field, thereby securing it for future generations and allowing for more detailed archaeological work on the remains of what was undoubtedly an impressive building.
We hope to learn as much as possible about the man and his household, and ultimately to open the site for visitors, as a fitting tribute to Erpingham's most famous Lord of the Manor.
Professor Anne Curry, renowned expert on Agincourt and the life and times of Sir Thomas Erpingham, has generously given her support to the project, and agreed to be our Patron.
We are most grateful for any contributions, large or small, to help us achieve this lasting memorial to Sir Thomas in the place he called home. Do check our website (erpinghamdig.org.uk) whenever you can for news of progress, events and latest fascinating 'finds'!
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