Norfolk: Caston


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1864

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CASTON, a pleasant village, 3½ miles S.E. of Watton, has in its parish 510 inhabitants, and 1557 acres of land, mostly belonging to Lord Walsingham, Sir Wm. Bowyer Smijth, Bart., and George Barker and Machin Lake, Esqrs. Sir Wm. B. Smijth is lord of the manor of Caston Hall, but part of the parish is in the manors of Newlands, Griston, and Scoulton.

The Church (Holy Cross) comprises nave, chancel, and tower, with a clock and six bells; and is mostly in the early-decorated and perpendicular styles. It underwent repairs in 1839 and 1852, and is furnished with open benches, pulpit, and lectern of carved oak. In the chancel is a brass to Hy. Dover, Esq., and in the nave a tablet to the Francklin family.

The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £11. 19s. 2d., is now in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Walter John Partridge, M.A., who has a plain residence, a yearly tithe rent-charge of £517, and 52A. of glebe.

The School is attended by 50 children, and was built in 1839. It is chiefly supported by the interest of £1054. 0s. 5d., three per cent. annuities, purchased with £1000 left by the late Henry Dover, Esq., in 1855.

The Wesleyans have a small chapel here, built in 1818.

On the green is the base of a curiously carved cross, near which is an old farm house, said to have been an inn for the reception of pilgrims proceeding to Walsingham Abbey.

An allotment of 25A., awarded to the occupiers of 34 houses, in 1813, is let for £11. The Town Land, 2A. 35P., is let for £7, which is applied with the poor rates, and 1A., set apart for the repair of the highways, is let for £3 a year.

POST OFFICE at Jas. Osborn's. Letters despatched, via Attleborough, at 6 p.m.

         Bainbridge Fairfax           carpenter
         Barnes     Robert            bricklayer
         Chaston    Daniel            relieving officer and registrar
                                        of marriages, births, &c.
         Cooper     Jas. and Wm.      machine owners
         Crook      Mary Ann          beerhouse
         Drake      Isaac             tailor
         Hammond    Mary              pork butcher
         Hewett     John              painter, plumber, &c.
         Houchin    William           thatcher
         Murrell    James             victualler, Duke's Head
         Osborn     James             saddler & harness maker
         Palmer     Richard
                      Frederick, Esq.
         Parker     William           victualler, Red Lion
         Partridge  Rev. W.J., M.A.   Rectory
         Sayer      John              farm bailiff
         Sculfer    George            blacksmith
         Steward    Elizabeth         schoolmistress
         Sturman    John              pig dealer
         Thorpe     Misses
         Wymer      Edward            corn miller
            BAKERS.                      FARMERS.
         Gapp       James             Bailey     George
         Plummer    Samuel and        Cooper     Mary Ann
                      Joseph          Cooper     William
                                      Davey      William
            GROCERS & DRAPERS.        Davey      William, jun.
                                      Germany    James
         Bilham     James             Knights    Jonathan
         Cooper     James H.          Knights    Solomon
                                      Land       Edward
            SHOEMAKERS.               Parsley    William,
                                                   Church farm
         Brett      John              Pattrick   Richard
         Gooch      Edward            Turner     Ellis, Hall
         Houchin    James             Vassar     Charles
                                      Whitrod    James
            WHEELWRIGHTS.             Wright     William
                                      Wyer       Edward
         Banham     George
         Webster    James

See also the Caston parish page.

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June 2006