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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

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.

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

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.[