See Caistor St. Edmund for the Roman settlement in Norfolk or Caister-on-Sea for the town in Norfolk

Coordinates: 53°29′41″N 0°19′22″W / 53.4947°N 0.3227°W

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Caistor market place

Caistor shown within Lincolnshire
Population 2,601 (Parish)
OS grid reference TA1101
District West Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LN7
Dialling code 01472
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Gainsborough
List of places: UKEnglandLincolnshire

Caistor is a Georgian town situated in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. As its name implies, it was originally a Roman castrum or fortress. It lies at the north-west edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, on the Viking Way, and just off the A46 between Lincoln and Grimsby, at the A46, A1084, A1173 and junction. It has a population of around 2,600. Its name comes from the Anglo-Saxon ceaster ("Roman camp" or "town") and was given in Domesday as Castre.


Only a few fragments of the fourth century walls remain; for example, the original Roman wall is visible on the southern boundary of the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. The area occupied by the fortress is now classified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The church of St. Peter and St. Paul which is enclosed within the fortress has an Anglo-Saxon tower. The market square lies at the heart of a conservation area which contains 56, mainly grade II, listed buildings. In numerical terms, the number of listed buildings makes Caistor the most important Conservation Area in the West Lindsey area; many of the buildings are Georgian or Victorian. Notable buildings in the town include Caistor Grammar School, founded in 1633, and Sessions House, built in 1662.

In 2010, the remains of a 4th century Roman cemetery were found during the development of a new co-op supermarket.


Grammar School

Caistor Grammar School dates from the reign of Charles I. An Academy with a selective student intake, it has specialist school status for sports and humanities. Sir Henry Newbolt, author of Drake's Drum, was educated at the school.

Yarborough School

Caistor Yarborough School is a mixed comprehensive school named in memory of John Edward Pelham, the 7th Earl of Yarborough. Being limited to 570 students it is much smaller than the average UK school of this type. It has Arts College status under the English specialist schools programme.

RAF Caistor

Opened in 1940, RAF Caistor was built as a relief airfield for RAF Kirton in Lindsey, and also used for flying training from its grass runways. Closed in 1945, it later reopened as a nuclear missile base.

Between 1959 and 1963 Caistor was manned by 269(SM) Sqn. equipped with three Thor missiles. The site has now returned to agricultural use, and little remains of the military facilities.


Audleby is a hamlet just north of Fonaby. It was mentioned in Domesday Book as having 33 households, which at the time was considered quite large. Today it is listed as a deserted medieval village, or DMV. Audleby House on Brigg Road is a grade II listed building.


Fonaby is a hamlet and deserted medieval village just north of Caistor, mentioned in Domesday Book as having 18 households and three acres of meadow, and held by William I.


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External links

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