The work a Caistor man has done in documenting the town’s history has been recognised with a road being named in his honour.
The Rev David Saunders, former Vicar of Caistor, has been responsible for researching, compiling and making the public aware of so much of the history of Caistor and has published 12 books on the subject.
And to mark this incredible contribution to the town’s heritage, one of the roads on the new housing development along Navigation Lane has been named Saunders Close.
“I put forward to the town council David’s contribution to the town should be recognised in some way and they were in agreement,” said Alan Dennis, chairman of Caistor Heritage Trust.
“We decided a road naming would be ideal and the developers were happy to accommodate.”
The road was officially opened and dedicated by Town Mayor Steve Millson
“On behalf of the people of Caistor Town I would like to thank you for all the hours of dedicated research and writing you have generously passed on to our current historian,” said Coun Millson at the short ceremony.
“To show our appreciation I would like to officially open this new road, Saunders Close, and dedicate it to you.”
And the Rev Saunders was delighted: “I am very grateful for the honour of having the close named after me. I enjoyed researching the story of Caistor and am continuing to do so with start of another book.”
Caistor Heritage Trust is undertaking a major project in digitising the work of the Rev Saunders.
“David approached me some years ago concerned as to what would happen to his work if something happened to him,” said Alan Dennis.
“Now, thanks to a grant from the Community Chest and Caistor Town Council, we have purchased a suitable scanner.
“We have completed a dozen files so far, but there are 120 in total, each with 200 plus documents, so it is a large-scale project.”
Once finished, the work will be available on a dedicated website.
“The 12 books which David has published so far have an astonishing amount of fascinating information and his contribution as a vicar of Caistor and historian deserve great praise,” added Mayor Millson.
“If anyone wants to have a good look back in time, David’s 2012 book ‘Caistor Market Place’ is well worth a read and has some wonderful photos and memorabilia. Throughout the books there is plenty of evidence of the importance and reputation of Caistor over the ages despite its relatively small size, something we can still boast today.”
“I have said on many occasions that Caistor punches well above its weight and has an ever growing reputation within and without the county ...winning prizes regularly in the process...the town centre renaissance we have seen over the last few years is testament to the commitment, enthusiasm, dedication and belief of special people such as David Saunders.
“On behalf of the people of Caistor Town, I would like to thank him for all the hours of dedicated research and writing he has generously passed on to our current historians.”