Great Casterton

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Great Casterton
Saint Peter and Paul's Church, Great Casterton - - 732997.jpg
Saint Peter and Paul's Church
from the Old Great North Road
Grid reference: TF005090
Location: 52°40’10"N, 0°30’46"W
Population: 600  (2001[1])
Post town: Stamford
Postcode: PE9
Dialling code: 01780
Local Government
Council: Rutland
Rutland and Melton

Great Casterton is a village and parish in the East hundred of Rutland. It is located at the crossing of the Roman Ermine Street and the River Gwash.


The village is approximately three miles to the north-west of Stamford and adjacent to the county border with Lincolnshire (Kesteven). Just to the north is Tickencote.

The parish boundary, to the south and east, lies close to the village, and follows the River Gwash. Just west of the B1081 road bridge over the Gwash, it borders Tinwell. Just to the west of Ingthorpe (part of Tinwell), it borders Tickencote. The parish boundary crosses the A1 at the turn off for the village. The boundary then follows the A1 north, along the next hedge to the east (a field's width). It passes to the east of Tickencote Warren, and at Exeter Gorse it briefly borders Horn, then meets Pickworth. It passes to the south of Eayres Lodge, includes Woodhead, crossing Pickworth Road south of Taylor's Farm. West of Tolethorpe Oaks, it briefly meets Ryhall, then borders Little Casterton southwards, passing Frith Farm to the west and broadly follows the Danelaw Way. North of Little Casterton village, the boundary meets the Gwash.

The A1 road which follows the path of Ermine Street, ran through the centre of the village until the construction of the Stamford bypass in 1960; the former route of the Great North Road is now the B1081.

There is a very small nature reserve, Great Casterton Road Banks, to the south of the village containing examples of rare plants such as Sulphur Clover and Greater Broomrape.


Roman town
The Rectory and Parish Church in 1912

The earliest recorded settlement was a Roman fort circa AD 44.[2] A civilian settlement developed which was later a walled town and the defences are still apparent. Archaeological excavations have been conducted on the town, a villa near the Gwash and burials including early Anglo-Saxons. Two miles north of the town are the earthwork remains of Woodhead Castle, a mediæval moated ringwork with attached bailey.

The parish church, dedicated to St Peter & St Paul, is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.[3] The churchyard is entered through an arched war memorial remembering the dead of both World Wars. The benefice is shared with Pickworth, Tickencote and Little Casterton.


The village has both a primary school, Great Casterton Church of England Primary School, and a secondary, Casterton College. The remaining pub in the village is the Crown Inn.


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