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Galleries: Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk

I researched Caistor St Edmund when I was engaged to write a building history for Caistor Hall Hotel, who have used it in their displays and publicity.

Caistor St Edmund has been settled since before the Roman invasion. In land that used to belong to Caistor Hall lies the remains of a Roman town named "Venta Incenorum"; Marketplace of the Iceni. Venta Incenorum was established over the site of an earlier settlement of the native Iceni after their queen, Boudicca, led a lightening revolt against Roman occupation. Caistor St Edmund was also mentioned in the Domesday Survey conducted in 1086.

The historic church of St Edmund is named for a sainted English king who was martyred by Danish invaders in 870AD, and whose remains were held by the abbey at Bury St Edmunds, which was also named for him. The present church mostly dates from the 15th century, but replaced a wooden Saxon structure on the same site, and contains both Norman and Roman building materials scavenged from the local area.