"CASTON, a pleasant village, 3½ miles S.E. of Watton, has in its parish 513 souls, and 1509A. of land, mostly the property of Sir Edward Bowyer Smijth [sic], Bart., of Essex, and the Rev. B. Barker. The former 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) is a large fabric, with a tower and six bells. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £11.19s.2d., is consolidated with those of Rockland, All Saints, and St. Peter, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. B. Barker, of Shipdham." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Cawston and Coston.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Breckles, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to the Holy Cross.

Church Records

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms and Marriages.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Caston was in Wayland Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Caston Online
Description of the village, history, pictures, news, maps, etc.
Caston Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
Caston Post Mill
Description and history.
Caston Tower Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Caston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Caston is in Wayland Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Wayland Hundred
Description of Wayland Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Caston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Barnes, John S.
A history of Caston, Norfolk.
Part 1: The parish church, the Methodist church.
Part 2: The windmill, some village businesses, the common right, schools in Caston.
Part 3: Geographical factors, buildings and building materials, a general history.
[Orpington, 1977]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Caston Inclosure Act, 1812.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Caston, in the county of Norfolk.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1812]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL958976 (Lat/Lon: 52.540815, 0.885427), Caston which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law