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This visitor's page is here to allow you to make comments which can be contentious or complimentary; can be about the village, the parish council, the web-site or indeed any other matter of concern or interest to the village and villagers of Caston. How wonderful it is to see people from as far away as Australia and America write in but it's equally fantastic to hear from those still local to Caston and elsewhere in the UK.

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Pooley Family of Caston
I was so pleased to find this site today. I have been researching the Edward Pooley Family. He was an agricultural laborer who lived in Caston from 1861 to 1891. He was born in Letton in March of 1829, married Susannah Hall at Shipdham in 1849. I am a descendant of their daughter Ann Pooley b. 1857 at Shipdham. Ann Pooley Married William George Tennant at Shipdham in 1883 The censuses say that they lived at Chase (1861,1871) Dairy farm cottage 1881 and Chase Farm Cottage in 1891. Would these be the same place?
Jeanne Beauvais, Grandville, Michigan, USA
Posted by Jeanne Beauvais on 20 April 2016
I will try to reply to your enquiry in a few days' time. At present I am recovering from a prostate operation on Wednesday. I knew the Pooley family, and there are relatives still in Caston. Mary, daughter of the Ted Pooley I knew, died a few weeks ago. Do contact me directly.
Posted by John BARNES on 23 April 2016
Yes, these are the same location. This Pooley family lived in one of the Chase Farm Cottages, the one furthest west from the farm house. I have them there on my plan of Caston, 1891. They were still living there in 1901, both aged 73. The cottages were reached by an undefined track over a meadow. The cottages have been demolished. Sorry that I do not have a photo but I remember the cottages well. A descendant, Patrick (Paddy) Tortice lives in Caston.
Posted by John Barnes on 26 April 2016
Caston Family History and Contacts
My Grandfather's name is Kenneth Caston. My Great Great Great Grandfather came over from England to the New Found land America USA I would love to know my Caston family history that dates all the way back to the 1200 to the 1700 century's all the way back to King Henry the 1st when my ancestor fought side by side with King Henry the 1st and King Edward. Thank',my Facebook is Robert Caston in Denver,Colorado from New York Originally.
Posted by Robert W. Caston on 03 March 2016
Storm damage
Hello there,

I was wondering if anyone could give me any information about the storm that damaged Caston church. I don't know the exact date but it was around late 2002 - early 2003.

I'm doing a project on storms in the Norfolk area.

Many thanks,

Gemma
Posted by Gemma on 01 March 2016
Alison Skipper
HappyChristmas Alison, managed to track you to here. Love Julie.
Posted by Julie Buckner nee Poprdan on 17 December 2015
Contact with John Pemberton
A friendly hello from MELBOURNE to all at CASTON. John Pemberton replied to me on Caston-on-Line on 26th June 2012 with regard to our common ancestry with WALTER JOHN PARTRIDGE/DODGSON FAMILIES. Unfortunately I haven't been able to contact John Pemberton directly via email, so I wrote again on-line on 24/7/2013 giving as much information that I had about my Grandfather, E.R.W. PARTRIDGE. Obviously John has not been able to contact me as my email address was not displayed. Can John Barnes or Jane Horner help get us in contact? Are there families of my grandfather's brother WALTER ERNEST CLARKE PARTRIDGE around or relatives who have information on FLORENCE E.HOBBS (passed on in Nov 1941-possibly in SANDOWN, ISLE OF WIGHT)Florence married my GRANDFATHER, E.R.W. PARTRIDGE not long before when he was with his father W.H.PARTRIDGE- who had RETIRED from the Church in CASTON. W.H.P.(passed on-May 1938)at BRECKLES in SANDOWN. I believe FLORENCE had 2 sisters and nieces. They all lived on the ISLE OF WIGHT and are buried there I believe. Love to all and hope to get an email from someone this time round. Cheers, Edelweiss van Rooyen
Posted by Edelweiss Symons on 30 August 2015
Thank you for rescuing our cat
We would like to say thank you to the resident of Caston who found our cat 'Coco' apparently stuck in a fence on Thursday/Friday and took her to the PACT animal sanctuary. Your swift and kind action almost certainly saved her life. She was taken from PACT to a vet in Watton who, because Coco is micro-chipped, was able to contact us. She has spent the weekend under veterinary care, on a drip and given antibiotics and painkillers and now seems on the road to recovery. Once again, thank you for your kind-hearted action which has allowed Coco to recover from her traumatic experience and go from being near death to being able to come home this afternoon.
The Hunt Family.
Posted by The Hunt Family on 24 May 2015
Family history
Edmund and Susanna Land lie buried in the parish church. I am their gt gt grandson. Benjamin Henry Land and George Land also lie in the churchyard next to their parents. They are my gt gt uncles. Robert Land born Caston and died in Attleborough in 1885 is a gt gt uncle. My gt grandfather, Charles Land 1822 - 1863 was also born in Caston. The Lands lived in Caston, Griston,Stow Bedon, Rockland St Peter, Rockland St Peter. Many Lands emigrated in the nineteenth century and I have cousins in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada. I shall be delighted to exchange information with members. I know John Barnes well. Interested members can contact me via this website. My name is Neville Land, aged 70 years and I live in the West Midlands.

Thank you

Neville
Posted by Neville Land on 28 January 2015
Seen on ITV
I was born 1948 to a Clifford Caston in Machen. I was so proud to find this village when watching a program on ITV I now have to find out more as to my Maiden name the same as your village so glad you have this blog.
Posted by Susan Bunney (nee Caston on 21 January 2015
Searching The Past
As you can see, I bear the same name as the village although I am American and also African American. We are told that all Caston's in the USA are descended from Sir John de Caston. When I was stationed at RAF Bentwaters I lived at Yoxford. I went to the village of Caston to see what it looked like and I stood and looked at the old church trying to imagine what life was like in Sir John's day. I love England, and am proud to wear the Caston name. Two of my children were born there. I doubt that I shall ever see it again, but I feel a part of me is there forever.
Posted by James D. Caston on 02 December 2014
Wow, what a really nice message. Thank you James for getting in touch. It may appear surprising but despite this small village being the "birthplace" of the Caston name, there are far more by that name now in America than there are here. There's certainly no-one in this village by that name and generally very few in the UK by comparison as to the number in the U.S. The church to which you refer is the Church of the Holy Cross and while I'm uncertain as to when you were in the UK I can confirm it still stands today and both the church and the churchyard are well looked after.
Posted by Webmaster on 04 December 2014
The Sussams Family
Hello, I'm researching the Sussams family and am delighted to find reference to Charles Sussams in your Caston walk article. John, you also referenced Robert (or Bob) an RAF pilot - my grandfather! He died in 1977 when I was only 7 so I didn't know him (or my great grandfather) very well. If you have any personal memories about either of them, I would be exeedingly grateful to hear them. Thank you!
Posted by Kate Sussams on 06 October 2014
Jim and Gwen Bone
Posted on 23 September 2014
Looking for Hayhoe Family History
Posted on 31 August 2014
Lower Stow Bedon
Posted on 29 August 2014
looking for Gilman graves in Caston
Posted on 10 August 2014
holidays at Caston
Posted on 07 August 2014
Autumn Craft Fair
Posted on 11 November 2013
CATOR Descendants
Posted on 31 October 2013
Joe Milner
Posted on 31 October 2013
Elsie Breeze
Posted on 26 August 2013
Elsie Breeze
Posted on 26 August 2013
Old Neighbors
Posted on 03 July 2013
Missing Everyone
Posted on 29 May 2013
Great War Veterans
Posted on 18 April 2013
Barham and Tice families
Posted on 16 April 2013
Caston
Posted on 30 March 2013
Caston
Posted on 11 February 2013
Caston
Posted on 28 November 2012
Pride in Norfolk Award
Posted on 08 November 2012
The Barns Bridge House Farm Caston
Posted on 14 October 2012
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