From The Peterborough Cathedral Librarian

Dear William

I've searched through the documents that give the list of Cathedral holdings at Northampton and have come up with the following. Other documents for example Dean and Chapter accounts probably also contain relevant information but I have confined this list to those that mention Castor directly.

PDC FB 6 Maps of the Dean and Chapter Estates made c 1820s inc
10) Belsize estate Castor
11) Estimate for repairs of Belsize Farm Dickinsons Farm and Castor Manor Farm in Castor 1824
47) Northborough Manor Farmm inc Belsize Farm

X 5145 4 land tax Redemption Cetificates Dean and Chapter property in Peterbrorough, Castor, Maxey, Northborough and Longthorpe.

X 5145 5 Land Tax Redemption Certificate: Bishopric property in Werrington and Castor 1844 - 1847

X 5163 32 Correspondence re transfer of manors to the Eccleisiastical Commissioners 1933-1934 (Castor not metnioned specifically)

Box 3 4 4/4/1692 Inventory of goods of William Deacon of Belsis castor deceased

15 2 cases for opinion of counsel ... rights to timber of land let out by dean and Chapter in a) Castor Sutton and Ailsworth b) Belsize Farm

Box 5 71 16/9/[1577] Interrogatioies ... on behalf of Sir William Fitzwilliam in case between him and the Dean and Chapter defendents re fishing rights ...river tolls in Castor and Milton.

Box 9 = Amuunition Box 6 items 312 - 356 included various valuations and leases etc on Dean and Chapter lands in Castor and include item 332 Aug 1806 Survey of Castor manor farm & notes on former leases & parliamentary seventeenth century valuations. 356 Court Roll of Castor 23/5/1540.

415 1804-1805 valuation of Dean and Chapter timber at Belsize farm 1805

Box 16 = Ammunition Box 690/61 1829 Survey of timber Manor Farm and Belsie's Farm Castor

708-719 leases - indentures on farms in Castor and Alwalton in Alleyns farm (1818) various dates.

Account Rolls Box 1 14 1403 Account of Castor
Box 2 6 1446 Account of Castor

Peterborough Dean and Chapter Court Rolls 3 1363-1364 Castor 3/11/1363 & 11/4/1364
several refs to Courts/Hall Moots 4 1364 Hallmoots Caster 21 Nov, 6 1377 Court castor 16 April 1377, 9 1391 Castor 26 Oct. After 1391 Castor is not listed separately although records of courst continue until 1549.

A further court is listed in item 153 Sutton & Castor cum Ailsworth 14 Apr 1662 with a note that these are normally Bishopric Manors.

I hope that some of the above is helpful.

Best wishes

Catherine Keating

Also in as DATA BASE REF NO: P 1026


SEARCH RESULTS at Northants County Record Office 2003 re Castor


X 5145 4 land tax Redemption Cetificates Dean and Chapter property in Peterbrorough, Castor, Maxey, Northborough and Longthorpe:

6 Feb 1800 £11.8.9d Castor


X 5145 5 Land Tax Redemption Certificate: Bishopric property in Werrington and Castor 1844 – 1847:

1847 – 71 acres at Castor belonging to Bishop in lease to Joseph Spencer, James Webster, Charles Stapleton at Werrington


X 5145 5 Land Tax Redemption Certificate:

1844 For Glebe and title land for hamlet of Sutton, Bishop of Peterborough as Rector £8.12s

proprietor Bishop, occupier Charles Palmer


Castor Hopkinson Sundry Papers:

1855 Hopkinson was tenant of Dean and Chapter



ZB32/51/1 Bate/Dean & Chapter at Castor, Ailsworth and Sutton:

Land held under Dean & Chapter, by William Bate as their lesee: house, homestead and garden, Home Close, wood, Woodfield, Great Meadow


1634 Castor Rectory -Hatton Finch Papers


1827 Castor Mill:

Dean and Chapter re Castor Mill 3 April 1827; repair by lesee, Mr Simpson repaired Mill, Fitzwilliam rents therefore reduced by 120pa.


1857 letter  Ecclesiastical Commissioners dated 13 Feb 1857 re Castor Glebe

Peterborough Chapter re land, bate the late lesee;

Rev G Andrews, Rector of Castor to request Commissioners to sell plot of land no 89 on the Tithe Map, on which a cottage formerly stood, for the purpose of erecting a house and farm building for the Rectorial Glebe; the old farmhouse having been converted into a Rectory, on the division of the Living of Castor, its severance from the See of Peterborough, and the Rector becoming resident.


Camden re Castor – description:

“Avon or Nen, running under a beautiful bridge at Walmesford (Wansford), passes by Durobrivae, a very ancient city, called in Saxon Dormancaster, which took up a great deal of land on each side of the river in both counties.

For the little village of Castor, which stands a mile from the river, seems to have been part of it, by the inlaid chequered pavements found there. And doubtless it was a place of more than ordinary note, in adjoining fields (which instead of Dormanton they call Normangate, such quantities of Roman coins are thrown up…the Forty Foot Way, down to Water Newton, if one may judge, to have been paved with a sort of cubical brick tiles>”


Northamptonshire Notes and Queries (NNQ)

NNQ 1886 Vol 1, p 175: The Bp of Peterborough D Howland , consecrated 16 mar 1583-4, died at Castor 1600


NNQ 1890 Vol 3 p 17: Sergeant family tomb at Castor

   “         “     “            p 212 ; Chapel-of-ease at Ailsworth