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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

The success of the horsehair industry in Castle Cary was at least partly due to the availability of the hair as many horses were bred in the area i