Archives & Libraries

The Caistor Library is normally open 6 days per week and is located in a former Methodist Chapel at:

  • Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre
  • 28 Plough Hill
  • Caistor

The Library offers computer access and has a monthly Family History Workshop. There is a cafe downstairs.  This is a Community Library, primarily staffed by volunteers, and with limited County Council library support.


Business & Commerce Records



  • The Public Cemetery was formed in 1849 under a board of trustees and used principally by the non-conformist churches and chapels.
  • The Cemetery is on North Kelsey Road, just after Mallard Drive.
  • John FIRTH has a photograph of Caistor cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • Paul HARROP has a photograph of the parish chuchyard on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2016.


  • The parish was in the Caistor sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 630
1851 H.O. 107 / 2113 - 2115
1861 R.G. 9 / 2392
1871 R.G. 10 / 3420
1891 R.G. 12 / 2621 - 2622

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • The church was built in the reign of Henry III.
  • The church tower contains Saxon and Norman work.
  • The church was restored in 1856 and again in 1863.
  • Renee REDSHAW provides this history of the Gad Whip.
  • The churchyard was closed for burials in 1909.
  • Here are two photographs of the church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1584.
  • We have the beginnings of the church parish register extract in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Congregationists established a chapel here in 1842. The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel in 1842. The Primitive Methodists built their chapel in 1878.
  • For more information on these chapel records, see Non-Conformist Church Records.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Caistor sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

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.
  • The town has a town information page.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Town Sign on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.
  • See our touring page for area resources.
You can see pictures of Caistor which are provided by:






Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Caistor has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • This place was a Roman station and traces of masonary from that era can still be found.
  • The Saxon Vortigen is said to have married Rowena, daughter of Hengist, here in 453.
  • Caistor was a Royal Mint from 790 'til 1042.
  • Plague touched the town in 1590, but did not ravage it.
  • A great fire swept through the town in 1681, consuming more than half the buildings and leaving 45 families in poverty.
  • Market Day was on Saturdays.
  • A Police Station was built here in 1855.
  • The Caistor Gas Works was erected in 1856.
  • The Public Hall in High Street was erected in 1887.
  • Michael GARLICK has a photograph of the Caistor Lion Monument of 1897 on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016. The monument honors Queen Victoria's 60 years on the throne.
  • The Fleece Inn is in the hamlet of Canada, just off the A1173 trunk road. It is now a Montessori School.
  • Roger CORNFOOT has a photograph of the converted Fleece Inn on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2015.


Wikipedia tells us "Audleby is a hamlet just north of Fonaby. It is recorded in the Domesday Book with 33 households, which at the time was considered quite large. Today it is listed as a deserted medieval village (DMV). Audleby House on Brigg Road is a Grade II listed building."



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA117013 (Lat/Lon: 53.496551, -0.317644), Caistor which are provided by:


Medical Records

In 1937 the Poorlaw Union residents were all transferred to the Institution at Holbeach (part of the group of Institutions for the Mentally Defective covering the whole of Lincolnshire). Repairs and new structures were built and central heating installed. In January 1938 the Institution was re-opened. In 1948 the passing of the National Health Act brought the title of ‘Hospital’ into being, and it has been Caistor Hospital ever since. In the summer of 1990, 190 years from its inception, the doors finally closed.

Hospitals were not required to archive their records, however you may find accounting and photographic records in the archives.

Richard CROFT has a photograph of part of Caistor Hospital on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2007.

Richard CROFT has another photograph of Caistor Hospital on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2007. At that time, the buildings were quite derelict.


Military History

  • 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.

Military Records

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.


Names, Geographical

  • The ancient Britons called this place "Caer-Egarry".
  • Caistor is derived from the Roman word "Castra", meaning "camp" or garrison place.
  • When the Romans left and the Saxons inhabited this town, they called it "Tunnaceaster".
  • The name Caistor is pronounced by the locals as either "Kay-yes-ter" or "Ker-yes-ter".
  • In old records you may see the name as "Caster" or "Castor".

Names, Personal


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township and parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Caistor is governed by a Town Council. You may contact them regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family hisotry searches.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Caistor petty session hearings held in the Court House on the fourth Wednesday of each month and nearly every Saturday.
  • A House of Industry was built on the west side of town in 1800 to employ the chronic poor under the Gilbert Act.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1814.
  • With the Poor Law Amendment Act reform of 1834, this parish became the centre of the Caistor Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 861
1811 1,051
1821 1,253
1831 1,377
1851 2,166
1861 2,141
1871 2,012
1881 1,867
1891 1,788
1901 1,567
1911 1,544


  • The Free Grammar School was founded in 1630 by way of the will of Francis RAWLINSON, the church rector. A subsequent endowment was made by William HANSARD.
  • Jo TURNER has a photograph of the Old Grammar School on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2015.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.