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Looking for Hayhoe Family History
I am an American, living currently in Seattle, Washington. I come from a family of 3 girls, all born and raised in Minnesota, and my father, Frederick Harry Hayhoe, was born in Caston, and emigrated with his parents, Alice Clark Hayhoe and James Hayhoe, plus his elder sister, Dorothy Hayhoe, when Fred was about age 13. I am not really sure of the date, but for years and years I have tried to locate Caston, and no one from England whom I have met ever seemed to have heard of it. I doubt that there may be anyone there now, nor any record of the Hayhoe family, but if so, I would dearly love to hear from you. I am in the process of trying to write a history of our nuclear Hayhoe family, and anything that could be added about the Hayhoes from Caston would be very appreciated.
Posted by Alice Hayhoe Crawford on 31 August 2014
Lower Stow Bedon
Being a baby of the war, I was fostered out and lived in Lower Stow Bedon from 1948/9 until 1956/7.
I have many fond memories and I am writing a family book for my children and grandchildren and would like to include a small map of the village of Lower Stow Bedon showing the various property boundaries particularly including the area from where the stream passes under the road just up from the Watton Road through to Sandy Lane.
If anyone has or knows of the existence of such a map - circa 1940 - 1950, I really would appreciate a copy, either scanned or hard copy.
Having looked extensively on the internet I have not yet been able to find one and would very much appreciate the help of your readers. Please contact me via the email address attached.
Thank you.
Colin Parker
Posted by Colin Parker on 29 August 2014
looking for Gilman graves in Caston
Hello - I am an American staying with a friend in Essex. I will be in Norfolk the weekend of August 22-24 looking for my ancestors graves. The gravestones might be too old to read - Edward Gilman in the 1500's,Robert, John and another Edward in the 1600's, possibly others, as they were prolific back then. I have already seen the ancestors in St. Andrew's Church in Hingham but would like to look even further back. Are there any maps of the cemeteries with names? Where are the cemeteries in Caston? Greatly appreciate any help.
Sincerely, Kathy Gilman
(I have written to you privately advising how to obtain further information regarding this Ed.)
Posted by Kathy Gilman on 10 August 2014
holidays at Caston
I always look at Caston on Line because all my childhood summer holidays were spent with my Aunt and Uncle Prebble who originally lived in Dukes Lane. I am still in touch with Jane and Roy (Greenwich Villa). I love the village, love the way it has kept it's old world charm and love the way it is looked after by the people who live there.
Posted by barbara ball on 07 August 2014
Autumn Craft Fair
I would like to say a big THANKYOU to everyone who helped make the Caston Autumn Craft Fair such a success, particularly Kay Farmbrough for organising a rota of helpers to man the refreshments all day, all those who gave an amazing variety of gifts for the Tombola, and Rita Miller who sold all the tickets for the Tombola. The final amount raised for the Village Hall Improvement Fund was £212.50, which included table fees, and the takings from the Tombola and Refreshments.

We shall be holding our Caston Spring Fair in March 2014.

Denise Bearne 01953 483961
Posted by Denise Bearne on 11 November 2013
May I please have details of the 15th March craft fair
Posted by maurice cornelius on 28 February 2014
CATOR Descendants
I am in search of any descendants of James and Anna Cator; in particular any descedent to son of above Arthur Samuel Cator bn 1886 Griston. who later married Georgian Knott in 1917. Arthur served in WWI, he died in 1940 at the young age of 54, however I am not sure where he is buried.
James and Anna + family lived in Caston as per
"A Caston Walk 1911".

I am not related but did find some information some years ago, which needs to be past on.

Tony, Local Historian.
Posted by Tony on 31 October 2013
Tony,
John Barnes has sent me a copy of your request regarding information about the Cator family. Unfortunately I do not have a family tree, but at no time do I ever recall any of my forebears mentioning Arthur, although my family lived in Caston. I was born there in 1944.
Cator is a common name in this area, some spell it Cater.
Regret on this occasion I cannot be of further help, if you have any further queries about the Cator family I may be able to help.
Posted by Barry Cator on 01 November 2013
A recent enquiry concerned the Cator family of Caston. Parents James and Anna (nee Bell) were from Caston and Griston respectively. There were five children, the older born in Griston and the younger in Caston.
1. William Cator, father of Leslie and Raymond. Lived in Home Farm Cottages, Northacre around 1950. Leslie Cator, a duck plucker, kept Caston Red Lion in the 1950s and later. He and Cissie had Barry (now in Watton) and Terry.
2.Arthur Cator, born 1886, known as Jack. Fought in WW One. Had a breathing problem and may have been gassed. Married Georgina Knott in 1917. Died (where?)aged 54 in 1940.
3.Harry Cator. Served in WW One. Died in Palestine 1917, but some evidence suggests he died later elsewhere. Remembered on Caston War Memorial.
4.Anna Cator, b ca 1895, domestic servant in 1911 Census.
5.Herbert George Cator, b late 1904. Married Ivy Davison,1936. Son David lives in Watton. Caston home was the present Clematis Cottage. James' widow Anna lived with them around 1950. She would place flowers on War Memorial in memory of Harry.
Other Cators in Caston are thought to be linked to Stow Bedon Cators.
Confusingly, a second Leslie Cator worked at Church Farm, Caston. An army man, he was at Dunkirk. He is linked to Stow Bedon Cators family.
Posted by John Barnes on 01 December 2013
Joe Milner
As an ex London Fireman I am trying to find out about the resting place of Joe Milner as he was my Chief Officer when I was a member of the LFB. I know he passed away in the village and know no more, any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Posted by Frankie Ward on 31 October 2013
Part of Joe's ashes are interned behind the east window in Caston's churchyard where a tablet is inscribed. There is also a seat on the memorial green dedicated to him. He passed away on the 13th January 2007
Posted by Webmaster on 31 October 2013
Joe & I moved to Caston on his retirement from the LFB. We spent 30 happy years here. Joe quickly became part of village life, served on the Parish Council for many years as well as the village hall commitee. We travelled extensively and Joe wrote a book, short stories, took up painting and riding. After his death I went to Burma and sprinkled some of his ashes as he was one of Wingates Boys. I left Caston in 2011.
Anne Milner
Posted by Anne Milner on 12 November 2013
Elsie Breeze
My dad, Cyril Breeze, wishes to point out that he is still very much alive at 89 and if anyone else knows him or his family he would very much like to hear from them.

Many thanks,

John
Posted by john Breeze on 26 August 2013
Elsie Breeze
Researching my family who lived in Caston and having read the excellent article about 'A Caston Walk 1911' my attention was grabbed by the section on The Chase.
My father lived in The Chase cottages in the early 20s with many of his relatives living there too. I'm trying to get him to relate everything he can remember about his childhood so I can write an article for your website.
In the early years of my research into my ancestry I did make contact with a lady who said that she knew a great deal about my family, but regretfully I did not manage to make contact with her again, her name was Mrs Goddard.
I see from the article and the 1911 census that the Goddards also lived in The Chase cottages, perhaps they were her relatives.
So may I use 'Caston online' to try and get in touch with Mrs Goddard so that I can ask if she has any memories of my Breeze family of The Chase Caston and in particular my grandmother Elsie Breeze who was born there.
And if there are other readers of your site who have information I would love to hear from them too.
In anticipation, many thanks and thank you for a great website.

John (who would love to live in Norfolk but has to make do with Kent).


Posted by john breeze on 26 August 2013
Dear John, I'm unsure which Breeze you are descended from but I knew Eddie (who died) and Dennis. If you e-mail me I'll send you "Caston in 1951". I'm in touch with Dennis. His parents were Arthur & Dorothy (Dora) Breeze. They had a daughter who died young. I think that Arthur & Dora later moved to one of the cottages at The Arch Corner. A second Breeze family lived next to Bernie Bailey for a time - Mr & Mrs Reggie Breeze and Pauline. John Barnes, 01689 853666. (Orpington, Kent.)
(You can email John by clicking on his name below. Ed.)
Posted by John Barnes on 26 August 2013
Old Neighbors
I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath from 1995-1998. My wife and I lived in Thyrne House, Hunter's Ride, Caston. We had wonderful neighbors whom I believe their names were Jill and Martin Smith. Thyrne House was our eldest sons first home. If anyone know of Jill and or Martin Smith, have them contact me. I would love to say hello!
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