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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.
Very cool. Goes from Swete, changed to Sweet, down to Clarke, down to Rudd, down to Riggins, to Smiddy, to Starkey, Duncan, then to Rockett. Small world.
Posted by Susan Rockett- Bentley on 19 February 2020
Please forward my condolences to John Barnes family
I wrote on your visitors page a few weeks ago that his late mother lodged with my maternal GRANDMOTHER in West Beckham. I am a great keeper of, or hoarder of, things and I have the letters he wrote when my mother died also copies of his books. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to pass on my condolences.
Posted by Jane Elizabeth Tooke on 31 December 2019
Just become aware my family originate from Caston and nearby Rockland St Mary
Grave of the Lakes are in the churchyard at Caston.
My Great grandfather came from London and became a funeral director.
Posted by Ray Lake on 24 November 2019
We are probably related Ray .. I'm decended from Charles Lake 1820 - 1848 son of Thomas Lake 1779-1847... Oddly my wife is decended from the Gooch family from the same village .. in fact Thomas lake's daughter Lydia Lake married Daniel Gooch so we share Thomas as he is 5 times Great grandfather to both of us !
Posted by steve mcgarry on 03 February 2021
Me Too
Daniel Gooch is my Great great great grandfather through his daughter Temperance 1840-1875
Posted by Robert Saxby on 21 May 2021
My mother's friend
Rose Barnes lodged with my maternal grandparents in West Beckham, when she was teaching at Bodham School (near Sheringham). After she married and moved to Caston, Rose continued to correspond with the family, usually at Christmas. I recall taking my late mother to visit Rose in the 1980's. I am now driving through Caston once a fortnight to visit another friend of my late mother, Joan Smith (from Great Dunham). Joan is currently residing at Thorpe House in Griston.
Posted by Jane-Elizabeth Tooke on 03 November 2019
My ancestors lived in Caston for over two centuries: Smith, Buckenham, Springall, Osborn, Hooke, Abby, Crook and Betts. Various branches kept the Red Lion and other pubs I believe.
Posted by Trudy Clark on 03 November 2019
James Petrie
We have just acquired a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I which was ordered new by James Petrie of Caston. Does anyone know where he got his wealth from or what his business was? The 2nd owner was Joseph Sieff of M&S - was the car sold due to Petrie's death? ANy help would be great. thanks Sue -
Posted by Sue Jones on 04 September 2019
Walker Family
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Family History
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Miss You All
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Caston Family
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Sir John de Caston
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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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Caston History
Posted on 28 September 2016
Caston online
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Transport survey
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