Cawston, Norfolk

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St Agnes Cawston 20080716-01.jpg
Church of St Agnes
Cawston is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area17.03 km2 (6.58 sq mi)
Population1,390 (2001 census[1])
1,640 (2011)[2]
• Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Civil parish
  • Cawston
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORWICH
Postcode districtNR10
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°46′01″N 1°10′01″E / 52.767°N 1.167°E / 52.767; 1.167Coordinates: 52°46′01″N 1°10′01″E / 52.767°N 1.167°E / 52.767; 1.167

Cawston is a village and civil parish in the Broadland district of Norfolk, England. The village is approximately 11 miles (18 km) north of Norwich on the B1145 road,[3] a route which runs between King's Lynn and Mundesley. Nearby towns are Reepham and Aylsham.


Cawston's name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and derives from the Old English for Kalfr's farmstead or settlement.[4]

In the Domesday Book, Cawston was recorded as being a settlement of 26 households in the hundred of South Erpingham. In 1086, the village was divided between the estates of King William and William de Warenne.[5]

Cawston was the scene of Norfolk's last duel, which occurred illegally in August of 1698 between Sir Henry Hobart of Blickling Hall and Oliver Le Neve of Great Witchingham. The duel was fought with swords and resulted in the fatal wounding of Hobart resulting in Le Neve fleeing to the Netherlands. Today, a memorial stone to the duel is maintained by the National Trust.


In the 2011 Census, Cawston was recorded as having a population of 1,640 residents living in 704 households.[6]

Catfield falls within the constituency of Mid Norfolk and is represented at Parliament by George Freeman MP of the Conservative Party.

St. Agnes' Church[edit]

Catfield's Parish Church is of Norman origin and is dedicated to Saint Agnes. St. Agnes' was heavily restored in the Fourteenth Century at the request of Michael de la Pole, the new lord of the manor. The church holds many good examples of Medieval stained-glass windows and several panel paintings depicting the lives of saints.[7]


Cawston railway station opened in 1880 as part of the Great Eastern Railway and closed in 1952 due to declining passenger numbers. The station building is now a private residence.


Local children attend Cawston Church of England Primary School which moved into its current building in 1953.[8] The school was awarded a 'Good' rating by Ofsted in 2016.[9]

Notable Residents[edit]

  • Matthew Fletcher- British fundraiser and student[10]

War Memorial[edit]

And, the following for the Second World War:


  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Civi Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, page 230 ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  4. ^ University of Nottingham. (2022). Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  5. ^ Domesday Book. (1086). Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  6. ^ Office for National Statistics. (2011). Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  7. ^ Knott, S. (2020). Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  8. ^ Cawston Church of England Primary School. (2022). Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  9. ^ Ofsted. (2016). Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  10. ^ (2006). 'Tributes to courageous Norfolk teen'. Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  11. ^ Savage, A. (2022). Retrieved November 23, 2022.

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