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Air view of Venta Icenorum from the south. The defences and street plan are clearly visible, as well as the parish church in the south-east corner of the walled area (Mike Page)

Caistor is a town and civil parish situated in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. As its name implies, it was originally a Roman castrum or fortress.[1] 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 B1225 junction. It has a population of 2,601.[2] Its name comes from the Anglo-Saxon ceaster ("Roman camp" or "town") and was given in the Domesday Book as Castre.[3]

National Mapping Programme plot of all features visible on aerial photographs. Green - remains of ditches and pits showing as either earthworks or cropmarks. Red - earthworks or cropmarks relating to either banks or compacted surfaces (roads, floors etc.). (c) English Heritage & Norfolk County Council.

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Caistor is a town and a parish in the north of Lincolnshire, in the Wold Hills. It is 23 miles northeast of Lincoln and 11 miles southwest of Grimsby. The parish covers some 6,500 acres and includes the small hamlets of Hundon, Fonaby, and Audleby, as well as Caistor Moor. Canada sits about a half mile out on the old Grimsby Road.

A single gate lay in the centre of each side. The south gate was temporarily exposed during Professor Donald Atkinson's excavation campaign of the 1930s. We have some remarkable photographs of the excavation, although the results have never been fully published.

Excavations in the northern area of the town during 2010 (Will Bowden)

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Caistor Yarborough Academy is a mixed comprehensive school named in memory of John Edward Pelham, the 7th Earl of Yarborough. Being limited to 570 pupils it is much smaller than the average British school of this type. It has Arts College status under the English specialist schools programme.[citation needed] In 2012 the school became an Academy.

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.

Only about a half of the area covered by Venta Icenorum’s original street grid was enclosed by the defences. Although the 'extra-mural' areas could have remained in use into the 4th century AD, some of these may never have been densely inhabited, even before the walls were built. The best preserved section of the wall is the eastern half of the north face, where it is exposed to its full height of c. 7m and parts of the original wall-top walkway survive.

The community of Caistor sits upon a hill, at almost the highest point in Lincolnshire on a western spur of the Wolds. It has a fine old church, many springs gushing out of the chalk hillside and a history going back over two thousand years.

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Our family-run site is set within 7 acres of picture-perfect Lincolnshire wolds countryside.

The market is held on Saturday, so why not stop, take a break, and see for yourself what Caistor has to offer its visitors.

One of two unusual burials dating to the 4th or early 5th centuries found in the northern part of the town during excavations in 2009. This body seems to have been placed in a pit, rather than in a specially dug grave (Will Bowden)

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Caistor Lakes offers 3 well stocked fishing lakes for specimen carp with current records of a 42lb 2oz mirror carp and a 38lb common carp, a match lake with regular competitions, and a leisure lake for course fisherman. All operating on a day and night ticket basis. Totaling over 50 pegs catering for disabled anglers, all pools have drop off point for tackle, and graveled paths for ease of use, and full toilet facilities.

Audleby is a hamlet just north of Fonaby. It is recorded in the Domesday Book with 33 households, which at the time was considered[by whom?] quite large. Today it is listed as a deserted medieval village (DMV).[13] Audleby House on Brigg Road is a Grade II listed building.[14]

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.[11][12]

An illustrated colour guide published by the Trust is available from local booksellers. Davies, J.A., 2001. Venta Icenorum: Caistor St Edmund Roman Town (Norfolk Archaeological Trust)

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Humberside Airport is located a short distance to the north of the town.

For more information about Caistor Roman Town, visit the Norfolk Heritage Explorer website.

The purchase was funded with the aid of a package of grants from English Heritage, Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk Council. A programme of site management was established, both to permit public access and presentation and to ensure the highest possible standards of conservation of the monument from the standpoints of both archaeology and wildlife.

The town also featured in the BBC's production of 'Village SOS' when the Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre was created from a disused Methodist Chapel. In the very centre of the town another beautiful building has been converted into the 'Settlement' restaurant.

In 2010 the remains of a 4th-century Roman cemetery were found during the development of a new Co-op supermarket.[6][7][8]

Although Roman forces were withdrawn from Britain by the emperor Honorius in AD 410, the breakdown of Roman authority probably began in the 340s AD. Little is known of the fate of Venta and of its inhabitants, although coins of Honorius show that activity continued here after AD 400. However, this remained an important place during the Anglo-Saxon period which followed. Two large Early Saxon (5th–6th century) cemeteries have been located very close by.


For overviews of Roman Norfolk, and of Roman towns, please see the following. Davies, J.A., 2009. The Land of Boudica: prehistoric and Roman Norfolk (Norwich: Heritage/Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service) Gurney, D., 2005. ‘Roman Norfolk’, in T. Ashwin and A. Davison (eds), An Historical Atlas of Norfolk, 3rd edition (Chichester, Phillimore), 28–9 Wacher, J.S. 1995. The Towns of Roman Britain, 2nd edn (Batsford, London)

Important research and conservation work continues. Since 2009, a series of excavations conducted by the University of Nottingham, in partnership with the Trust and with South Norfolk Council, has started to provide fascinating new information about Venta. In 2011, the Trust bought an additional 55 acres across the river opposite the West Gate – a valuable addition to the large area already in its care.

The Eceni seem to have remained neutral during the main period of the conquest of Britain after AD 43, and may even have been Roman allies. However, a serious dispute with the Romans erupted in AD 61 on the death of King Prasutagus. His widow, Boudica, led a major rebellion. Before they were trapped and overwhelmed by the Roman army somewhere in the Midlands, the rebels had destroyed the cities of Camulodunum (Colchester), Londinium (London) and Verulamium (St Albans).

There is a war memorial at the corner of Market Place and South Street and a Roll of Honour on oak panels in The Church of Saints Peter and Paul. See them and the list of names at the Roll of Honour site.

The Roman town of Venta Icenorum is the Romano-British predecessor of the modern county town of Norwich. Founded during the AD 60s at Caistor St Edmund in the valley of the River Tas, immediately to the south of its confluence with the Rivers Yare and Wensum, this was the largest and most important Roman centre of northern East Anglia.

According to a local tradition, one of Jesus's 12 apostles, Simon the Zealot, came to England, where he is supposed to have been martyred somewhere in the vicinity of Casitor. He was reputedly crucified on the orders of a Roman procurator called Catus Decianus on 10 May AD61. (However, there are competing theories as to what became of Simon the Zealot.)[18]

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