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Coordinates: 52°39′04″N 1°43′59″E / 52.651°N 1.733°E / 52.651; 1.733

Caister-on-Sea is a seaside resort and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated on the coast, some 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Great Yarmouth.[1]

The civil parish has an area of 4.12 km2 (1.59 sq mi) and in the 2001 census had a population of 8,756 in 3,970 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Great Yarmouth.[2]

Caister-on-Sea has been recently officially classified as a small town, but it also holds the title of being the most populated village in the UK. It was formerly served by Caister-on-Sea railway station, which is now closed on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway.

The Scroby Sands wind farm of thirty 2–megawatt wind turbines is located 2.5 km from the shore at Caister.


Roman Site

The Romans arrived in Caister-on-Sea in the 1st century AD. The name Caister-on-Sea derives from the Latin castra meaning castle, and Caister-on-Sea was the site of a Roman fort associated with the Saxon Shore. To the west of the naval base, a civilian settlement, a vicus, was established. Most of the original site now lies under modern housing. A small section, managed by English Heritage, is open to the public.

The later, medieval Caister Castle is actually in the adjacent parish of West Caister.

Caister Lifeboat

Caister is the home to the only offshore lifeboat in the UK that is independent of the RNLI.[3][4] A lifeboat at Caister was first documented in 1791, being used by the Caister Beach Company to salvage ships wrecked on the sand banks offshore from Caister. Between 1856 and 1969 lifeboats at Caister were operated by the RNLI. The current lifeboats, the Bernard Matthews II (a Dutch-built Valentijn 2000 offshore lifeboat) and the Jim Davidson OBE (a semi-rigid inflatable onshore lifeboat), are run by the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service, a registered charity supported entirely by public donation.

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