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Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk

Historical Description

Caistor-St-Edmund, a small village and a parish in Norfolk. The village stands on the river Tas, 2 miles N from Swainsthorpe station on the G.E.R., and 3 S of Norwich. The Venta-Icenorum of the Romans, their principal station in the country of the Iceni, was here, and Roman roads went hence to Brancaster, Cromer, Burgh-Castle, Dunwich, Bury, Cambridge, Colchester, and London. Substructions or traces of Roman buildings occur over an area of 30 acres, and Roman urns, bronzes, numerous coins, and other relics have been found. Ancient Norwich is believed to have been built of materials from the Roman structures here. It has a post office under Norwich; money order and telegraph office, Trowse Newton. The parish comprises 1070 acres; population of the civil parish, 137; of the ecclesiastical, 184. Caistor Hall is a plain mansion of white brick. The living is a rectory, united with the sinecure rectory of Markshall, in the diocese of Norwich; net yearly value, £325 with residence. The church, which is a small building of flint in the Early English and Decorated styles, stands within the old Roman enclosure, and has a few Roman bricks in its masonry.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorfolk 
Ecclesiastical parishCaistor St. Edmund's 
Poor Law unionHenstead 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictSouth Norfolk
Postal districtNR14
Post TownNorwich