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.
The town of Caistor sits on a hill and is one of the higher points in Lincolnshire. If you are planning a visit, see:
By automobile, take the A46 Trunk Road north out of Lincoln or southwest out of Grimsby.
Hengist, a Saxon general, reputedly built the Castrum here after defeating the Picts and Scots. It is from that name that the town derives its name.
Shortly after World War I a War Memorial was erected near the Market Place. A cross on a shaft, standing on an octagonal base with eight panels and three steps, it honours the men who fell in the Great War.
The RAF opened an airfield here in September, 1940, as a relief airfield for RAF Kirton in Lindsey. Because of the hilly terrain nearby, the field was used primarily for training. The field was grass only.
The airfield closed in 1945.
The airfield reopened as a Thor missile base in 1959.
The missile base closed in 1963.
Neal THEASBY has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2012.
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.