Castle Rising to North Wootton.
by Fred Cooke
Castle Rising History Group.
I wonder how many were aware that Castle Rising used to have a horse-
Castle Rising has not much top quality agricultural land because of its underlying geology. Much of the parish is located on Sandringham Sands, which look very like modern sand-
A record of sand being taken from Castle Rising to King’s Lynn is recorded in 1335 when the Dowager Queen Isabella, mother of Edward III resided in the Castle at Rising:-
“xxid. given for carriage of sand towards the east gates.” .
Older residents can remember that the sand-
I was alerted by John Smallwood of South Wootton, who had been told by Mr Towler a former resident of North Wootton that there used to be a horse-
The trackway was probably built sometime in the 1820s or 1830s because it is penciled in on a map of the Manor printed in 1815 and preserved at the Norfolk Record Office*. It ended at the edge of the Wash (as it was then). Presumably the sand was then loaded onto boats and shipped. This arrangement must have been short-
I had assumed that this event, if not the earlier one of the Marsh Cut, had put an end to the sand-
As mentioned earlier the Sand-
*Although it could be considerably older if the original mapmaker had neglected to draw it in. **Opposite the present day Golf Club.