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Castle Cary


Content generated during research for Victoria County History Somerset Volume X.  More information is available on the VCH Somerset website

A coin hoard found in 2006 is a striking reminder of the terrible damage the Civil War did to ordinary people's lives.

Men from Castle Cary and surrounding villages fought in both world wars.

Schooling in Castle Cary and neighbouring parishes dates back at least until the 17th century although it was only in the early 19th century that e

Despite some early recusancy and nonconformity, dissent did not flourish in the area until the 19th century when it may have been encouraged by the

As Castle Cary grew and developed as a small industrial and market town, a number of shops and services provided for the needs of its inhabitants.

Castle Cary's market seems never to have been a success despite numerous charters and revivals.

Public houses were not only places to stay, eat or drink, but were also the venue for courts, parish meetings and entertainments of all kinds inclu

Linenweavers were recorded at Castle Cary in 1726 and 1728 and from the 1790s large scale production of sailcloth and twine, no doubt encouraged by

In 1762 the parish agreed, on the encouragement of the clergy, to provide a fire engine paid for out of the church rate with Ansford contributing.[

There was a great demand for knitted stockings from the late 16th century and many were produced by Castle Cary stockingmakers who employed large numb