Record Details

NHER Number:5772
Type of record:Building
Name:Holy Cross Church, Caston


The church consists of a west tower, nave and chancel. Construction is of flint and limestone with a rethatched roof. There is a two storey north porch, converted to a vestry. The chancel dates from about 1300. The rest dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, and there was a general restoration in the 19th century. Inside there is a large brass chandelier that is said to have been given to a Hertfordshire church by Charles I, and originally to have come from Hampton Court Palace. It came to this church in 1870.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 9593 9752
Map Sheet:TL99NE

Full description

Circa 1300, porch and some windows 15th century. Rethatched in the 1970s. Chancel is 13th century, the west tower 14th century in Decorated style.Perpendicular two storey north porch, converted to a vestry. Traces of a painted scheme. Pulpit is Jacobean. Benches 1839. Large chandelier, said to have been given to Cheshunt church (Herts) by Charles 1, and to have originally have come from Hampton court. Arrived at this church in 1871.
(S1) in file.
E. Rose (NAU) June 1990.

Note that the Ladbrooke print titled Caston is in fact of Coston church, Ladbrooke does not apparently include a print of Caston.
E. Rose (NLA), 2 August 2006.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FONT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PISCINA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOD SCREEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL9597 E-G.
---Article in Serial: Fawcett, R. 1980. A Group of Churches by the Architect of Great Walsingham. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt III pp 292-294. p 283.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1076784.
---Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1898. Hundred of Wayland. The Churches of Norfolk. Vol I. pp 59-62.
---Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 260-261.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: E. Rose. 1975. Building Report.. Building Report.

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