Caister next Yarmouth


"CAISTER–next-Yarmouth is a large and widely scattered parish, in the incorporated hundred of East and West Flegg, county court district of Great Yarmouth, rural deanery of Flegg, archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich, East Norfolk, about 2½ miles north from Yarmouth. The church of the Holy Trinity is an old building, with nave, chancel, south aisle, and lofty square tower containing 1 bell. The register dates from about 1563. Anciently there were two parishes, but of St.Edmund church only part of the tower remains. The living is a rectory, annual value, according to commutation, £942 8s. 11¼ d., in the patronage of, and held by, the Rev. George William Steward of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Caister is supposed to be more ancient than Great Yarmouth, and takes its name from a Roman station, the foundations of which have been nearly obliterated by the plough." [Kelly's Post Office Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk (1865) - Transcription copyright © Brian Randell]


This is the Caister near Great Yarmouth. There is also Caistor St Edmund (or Caistor next Norwich). The spellings are different, but it is quite common for them to be used interchangeably.
References to Caister may also occur in texts about Gt Yarmouth.


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Flegg, 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 Trinity.

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1923 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Caister on Sea was in Flegg Registration District. Between 1837 and 1850, the district was called East and West Flegg.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Caister on Sea is in East Flegg Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
Description of East Flegg and West Flegg Hundreds
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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



Lifeboat Service

Caister Lifeboat
History, pictures, etc.
Tooke, Colin
The beachcompany: a history of the men who organised salvage and rescue work off the East Anglican coast in the 19th century, with particular reference to the longest surviving group, the 'Caister Company of Beachmen'.
[Caister-on-Sea, 1981]
Tooke, Colin
Caister: beach boats and boatmen. (Caister lifeboat services to 1933).
[0946148198, North Walsham, Poppyland, 1986]

Caister Castle

Caister Castle
Description, history, pictures, etc.
This is a link to an archived copy.
Barnes, H.D. and Simpson, William Douglas
Caister Castle.
[London, Society of Antiquaries of London, Antiquaries Journal, Vol.32 (1-2), January-April 1952]
Turner, Dawson
Sketch of the history of Caistor Castle, near Yarmouth: including biographical notices of Sir John Fastolfe and of different individuals of the Paston family.
[London, Whittaker, 1842]


Calvert, Dorothy; and Calvert, Laurence D.E.
Oh Caister!: Where are you now? : A true story of three generations in Caister-on-Sea (1918-).
[Toft Monks, Fine Publishing, 1989]
Tooke, Colin
Caister: 2,000 years a village.
[ISBN 0946148112, North Walsham, Poppyland, 2000]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG520123 (Lat/Lon: 52.649833, 1.724167), Caister next Yarmouth which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law