Norfolk: Caston


William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883

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CASTON, a pleasant village, 3½ miles S.E. of Watton, and about 1½ miles N.E. of Stow Bedon Station, is in Wayland union, hundred, and petty sessional division, Attleborough county court district, Norwich bankruptcy district, Watton polling district of West Norfolk, Beccles rural deanery, and Norwich archdeaconry. It had 543 inhabitants in 1881, living on 1509 acres, and has a rateable value of £2762.

The soil mostly belongs to Lord Walsingham, Sir William Bowyer Smijth, Bart., George Barker, Esq., J.P., and Frederick Lake, Esq. Sir Willam 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 the 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 Henry 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., J.P., who has a plain residence, a yearly tithe rent-charge of £517, and 52 acres of glebe.

The School is attended by 90 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, now in the hands of the Primitive Methodists.

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 25 acres, 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 Mr. John Murrell's. Letters from Attleborough arrive at 8.45 a.m. and are despatched at 5.55 p.m., Sundays at 10 a.m. Watton is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office.

         Bambridge   James               builder & bricklayr
         Banham      Emanuel             farmer, Chase frm
         Banham      George              coachbuilder
         Barker      George, Esq., J.P.  Flaxmoor
         Barnard     William             farmer
         Barnes      Robert              farmer and bricklayer
         Bensley     Robert              beerhouse
         Bilham      John                shopkeeper
         Chapman     Arthur              blacksmith
         Cooper      Jas.                thrashing machine owner
         Crisp       John                travelling draper
                                           & vict. Red Lion Commercial Inn
         Davies      Rev. Arthur
                       Charles, B.A.     curate, The Curacy
         Downs       James               carpenter and builder
         Drake       Isaac               tailor and farmer
         Drake       James               cattle dealer and farmr
         Feltham     George James        farmer
         Garrett     Mrs Maria           shopkeeper
         Gooch       Edward              shoemaker & beerhs
         Gooch       Edward, jun.        carpenter
         Hewett      Jas.                painter, plmbr. & decoratr
         Houchen     Jas.                shoemkr. & vict. The Duke
         Houchen     William             thatcher
         Kenny       James               farmer
         King        Thomas              parish clerk
         Knott       William             farmer
         Layt        Isaac               pork butcher
         Lincoln     Thomas              farmer, Church farm
         Littleproud James               baker
         Littleproud Thomas              merchant and farmer, Waterloo farm
         Mace        Mrs
         Murfet      Wm. Morton          farmer, Caston hall
         Murrell     John                shopkeeper, newsagent and Post Office
         Osborn      Mrs Hannah & James  saddlers and harness makers
         Partridge   Rev. Walter John,
                       M.A., J.P.        The Rectory
         Sayer       John                farm bailiff to Rev. W.J. Partridge
         Thompson    George              beerhouse
         Webster     James               wheelwright
         Wyer        Edward              miller & farmer
         Yeomans     Elijah              builder

CARRIERS - John Rayner to Norwich, Wed. and Sat.; and John Dye from Rockland


In the first paragraph, for 'Beccles,' read 'Breccles.'

See also the Caston parish page.

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June 2006