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Castor, Cambridgeshire

Castor today is a small village lying at c. 24m OD on the north-facing slope of a limestone ridge 8km west of Peterborough. It has been known since the nineteenth century that the village contains substantial Roman remains, possibly of a small town. A nunnery, founded at Castor in the seventh century, is thought to have been located near the present church and was reputedly destroyed by the Danes in 1010AD. Castor today is arranged either side of two approximately parallel streets, which diverge at the eastern end, possibly originally in order to respect a precinct enclosure around the area of the present church. More recent settlement extensions lie to the north, south and west of the earlier village core. To the west, Castor is now almost conjoined with the neighbouring small village of Ailsworth.

Local Information Websites

Castor Village Website

Castor & Ailsworth Neighbourhood Plan

Benefice of Castor

The CAMUS project - history of five villages

British History Online

Heritage Gateway


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Test Pit Pottery Distribution Map 2009-2011


Click to read the full report from the Castor Test Pit Excavations