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Caistor Castle Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castor; Castram in Lindesia

In the civil parish of Caistor.
In the historic county of Lincolnshire.
Modern Authority of Lincolnshire.
1974 county of Lincolnshire.
Medieval County of Lincolnshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TA115013
Latitude 53.49659° Longitude -0.32064°

Caistor Castle Hill has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are no visible remains.


Castle Hill, Caistor. In 1143 Stephen fortified 'castellum meum apud Castram in Liudesia' and it stood a siege. Whether this refers only to a refurbishment of the Roman walled enclosure, or to a fortification on Castle Hill that might have used the whole or part of the enclosure as a bailey is not known, but the latter might account for the alignment of the W end of Church Street (Everson 1982). (PastScape)

Rickard cites post mortem inquistions for Joan princess of Wales, in 1385, and Thomas de Holland, earl of Kent, in 1397 for a castle in Caistor in Lincolnshire. What this holding was is unclear but probably the income from lands and a simple manor house, for a steward, somewhere in the parish, possibly at this site.
King records Castor as been suggested as the site of a medieval castle but rejects this as Roman only. The difficulty here is that the Latin name of the town Castram derived from the Saxon caester is readily confused with castle. However the 1143 document where King Stephen writes "quando noviter firmeravi castellum meum apud Castram in Lindesia" (when at my newly fortified castle at Castrum in Lindsley) is remarkably clear and the reason for King dismissing this is unclear.
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