Place:Caister next Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

NameCaister next Yarmouth
Alt namesCaister-on-Seasource: GENUKI, Wikipedia
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.647°N 1.724°E
Located inNorfolk, England     ( - 1926)
See alsoEast Flegg Hundred, Norfolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
East and West Flegg Rural, Norfolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1926
East Caister, Norfolk, Englandcivil parish formed from Caister next Yarmouth in 1926
West Caister, Norfolk, Englandcivil parish formed from Caister next Yarmouth in 1926
source: Family History Library Catalog

GENUKI states "This is the Caister near Great Yarmouth. There is also Caistor St Edmund (or Caistor-next-Norwich). The spellings are different, but it is quite common for them to be used interchangeably. References to Caister may also occur in texts about Gt Yarmouth."

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Caister next Yarmouth from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 (note the spelling from the 19th century gazetteer):

"CAISTOR-NEXT-YARMOUTH, a village and a parish in Flegg [registration] district, Norfolk. The village stands on the coast, near the river Bure, 2½ miles N of Yarmouth; is supposed, by some antiquaries, to occupy the site of the Roman Garianonum; has a post office, of the name of Caistor, under Yarmouth; and is a coastguard station. The parish comprises 2,832 acres of land and 215 of water. Real property: £7,290. Population: 1,203. Houses: 298. The property is much subdivided. A strong moated castle was built, about a mile from the village, in the 15th century, by Sir John Fastolf, a native, the capturer of John II of France, sometimes mistaken for the Falstaff of Shakspeare; and a lofty round tower and part of the north and west walls are still standing. An ancient free chapel stood on the manor as early as the time of Edward I.; and was erected into a college for seven monks or priests, either by Sir John Fastolf or by one of his successors; and some remains of it exist near the castle ruins. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £942. Patron, the Rev. G. W. Steward. The church is decorated and later English, and has a lofty square tower. There was formerly another church, with parochial jurisdiction, called St. Edmunds; but only a part of the tower remains. There are a chapel of ease, three Methodist chapels, a reading room, a national school, and charities £97."

In 1926 the civil parish of Caister next Yarmouth was abolished and replaced by two civil parishes named East Caister and West Caister.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI provides a list of references for Caister next Yarmouth or Caister-on-Sea. Some entries lead to free online transcriptions of registers and censuses.
  • GENUKI also advises that the following lists for Norfolk are to be found in FamilySearch:
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