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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.
Sincerely, Kathy Gilman
(I have written to you privately advising how to obtain further information regarding this Ed.)
We shall be holding our Caston Spring Fair in March 2014.
Denise Bearne 01953 483961
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.
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.
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.
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).
(You can email John by clicking on his name below. Ed.)
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