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Family history
We visited Caston village 06/1922 after discovering that my grandfather Percy Herbert Bowers and his sister Edith, my great grandmother Louisa Griggs (nee Bowers) married George Griggs herdsman/cowman and had two more sons Richard Robert 1910-1976 and Benjamin Robert 1909-1910. They lived in Church Farm Cottages around 1908. Maybe someone might have an old school photo with him in. It’s a lovely village. Sincerely Gary Bowers,Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire.
Posted by Gary Peter Bowers on 30 June 2022
Planning Application
I'd like to draw the attention of villagers to a planning application (3PL/2022/0472/F) submitted to Breckland District Council (BDC)on 21 April. There is no planning notice on site and a search on BDC's planning portal in the Location cell "Caston" does not pick this up either.
The application is to build a house on land at the rear of Homefield House, The Street, Caston. If this were to be approved then this would set a building line which WOULD POTENTIALLY OPEN UP THE ENTIRE FIELD TO YET ANOTHER ESTATE DEVELOPMENT.

Grounds to oppose this include
1. that the proposed building is stated in the planning application as being on land referred to as garden. In fact a large proportion of this plot is actually agricultural land and lies beyond the boundaries of the property 'Homefield House' and
2. that it would be a backfill development behind an existing proprty (Homefield House).
Posted by Leslie Nightingale on 03 May 2022
Fanny Rogers
thanks to Jane from Attleborough Heritage Group I am a little nearer to finding out about my Great Grand Mother, can someone tell me more about LMA House and if anything is known about it or how long she lived there are there parish records I can search hopefully someone can offer some light

Thank you
Posted by Tania Edgar on 01 November 2021
Family Mystery
Hi I’m part of the Attleborough Heritage Group and I’m trying to help a woman whose Great Grandmother died in Caston in 1939. The thing is nobody know why she was there. I have been given the address of LMA House Northacre Wayland. I was wondering if anyone knows what this address related to in 1939. The death certificate says she fell down the stairs in Caston on 1st December 1939. I’m also wondering if she is buried at Caston. Her name was Fanny Rogers. I was reading that wonderful history of Caston this morning by John Barnes. What a beautiful history.
Posted by Jane Doughty on 29 October 2021
She is buried in Caston but in an unmarked grave.
I will try and find out about LMA House.

Her name was Frances Rogers, born 19th May 1857, widowed by 1939.
It looks very much like Alma House (opposite the Old Black Horse)
Posted by Jane Horner on 29 October 2021
Thank you so much I will pass this on.
Posted by Jane Doughty on 31 October 2021
My Grandparents, George and Edith Banham(nee Webster) lived in a house in from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. They moved there after selling Park Farm at Rocklands st Peter. They moved to a bungalow in the street at Rocklands all Saints to a bungalow next to the village school. I have often looked up Northacre trying to locate their house,but so much has changed over the years, the house they lived in may not be there anymore.
Posted by Alan Gardiner on 10 October 2021
Gooch Family of Caston
My grandmother, Mary Gooch, was born in Caston in 1892, and the family ran the Northacre Prince of Wales inn. I would be interested in hearing from any members of the family still living in the area.

John Gapp

Alberta, Canada
Posted by John Gapp on 27 September 2021
Looking forward to visiting your village first week of May 2021. We’re staying in a Farm nearby for a week. We are coming from Cambourne.
Posted by Majid on 20 March 2021
Village Sign
Greetings. What a lovely Village. I would love to visit some day. I wonder if someone might explain the images on the Village Sign?

I am visiting your site because my Great Great Grandfather, John Rivett, was listed as a Police Constable in Hockham, but some of his children from his marriage to Susanna Noble, were baptized at Holy Cross in Caston.

I am in the state of Illinois, Land of Lincoln, in the US.
Posted by Terry Jackson on 12 December 2020
The farmhouse nearby was once a refectory for pilgrims on their way to the shrine at Walsingham, and so the sign depicts that scene. Hockham is some five miles away and a much larger village than Caston although we too had a village policeman at one time. Now we never see a policeman, other than with a speed gun, but then that also means there's no crime here and let's hope it stays that way.
Posted by Brian on 12 December 2020
Caston School 1935-44
Trying to update my family history on my mothers side, FINCHAM. Was hoping someone may have a photo of children at school around 1935-44 period.
Thank you.
Posted by Tony Brooks on 29 September 2020
Family History
My family (mother's side) was born in Caston. My grandparents surname was Saunders, Bill and Margery and first lived in a cottage near the bakery (where my mum, Iris and her brother John were born) they then moved to Coronation Terrace where my grandad then looked after the bowling green for many years. My Auntie Beatie and Uncle Fred (although I don't think they were blood related but looked after my grandad when he was a child apparently)?? lived in the bungalow located the closest to the windmill. I have very happy childhood memories of Caston as I used to stay with my grandparents a lot during the school holidays - the shop and post office, the pub which I was allowed to go in with grandad who always bought me a bottle of coca cola and a bag of crisps and playing with friends on the green in front of Coronation Terrace. Mr Pye used to be a very good friend of my grandparents and had lived in Caston all his life. Another relative was Peggy Skitmore who lived in the last bungalow on the left when heading to Attleborough .Happy days and treasured memories.
Posted by Julie Britton on 06 April 2020
I lived Caston for approx 2 years with mum, younger brother David and step father Rex Bamforth. We arrived in 1951 at the aged of 8yrs 6 months living in the bakery cottage next door to your grandparents. I remember them very well along with your mum and her brother John. We went to the village school with John who was a little older the me. I can remember him leaving and going to Watton I think. I remember watching grandad play football at Rocklands? and also play many cricket matches, Bamforth also played. Your nan had a greengage tree in her front garden which I visited quite often. Nan was a shoulder to cry on for mum who was having a few problems at the time. I came back to Norfolk in 1971 and made a visit to your nan after the man at the garage told me where they were. A week later I took mum to see her and many a story was told. There was a young child there who nan told to go and get grandad off the bowling - company has arrived. We go to Caston to walk several times a year, walking to Stow Bedon and back up the church road (I use to sing in the choir). We park the car where you used to play as a little girl, Coronation Terrace. Hope there is something of interest in this for you. Best wishes. Peter Shannon

Posted by Peter Shannon on 22 June 2020
Seems to be an ancestor of mine.
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My mother's friend
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James Petrie
Posted on 04 September 2019
Walker Family
Posted on 12 April 2019
Family History
Posted on 05 February 2019
Miss You All
Posted on 01 February 2019
Caston Family
Posted on 08 September 2018
Sir John de Caston
Posted on 08 September 2018
George King
Posted on 28 May 2018
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WW2 history
Posted on 02 December 2017
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Lost relative
Posted on 23 June 2017
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1951 walk round caston
Posted on 10 February 2017
Good to see
Posted on 12 December 2016
wheelwrights or scrapyard
Posted on 13 November 2016
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