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Caister-on-Sea

Caister-on-Sea, which is also known colloquially as Caister, is a large village and seaside resort in Norfolk. It’s close to the large town of Great Yarmouth. Caister is a busy holiday destination on the “Golden Mile”, with its main attraction being its sandy “Georgian Beach”. It is also home to the Great Yarmouth race course.

The history of Caister dates back to Roman times. We know that sometime around AD 200 a fort was built here and was used as a base for a unit of the Roman army and navy. It didn’t have a long life as a fort though, since we know that it had been reduced following the construction of the Saxon Shore fort at Burgh Castle. This was on the other side of the estuary and in the latter part of the third century.

Trials And Times

During the 1950s, a building near the south gate was excavated to prepare for a housing development. The buildings found certainly did not appear to be very military and they included a hypocaust as well as painted wall plaster. There was also some female jewellery, which led to the notion that this building may have been an officer’s house, or perhaps was a ‘seamen’s hostel’ which, of course, is a polite name for a brothel. The site appears to have been abandoned in the fifth century, but 150 Saxon burials have been found to the south of the enclosure. These remains which excavated in the 1950s are now managed by English Heritage and are officially open to the public.

Since 1791, there has been an offshore lifeboat in the area. It was first used by a beach company to salvage ships which wrecked on the sand banks. Between the years of 1856 and 1969, lifeboats were operated by the RNLI.

In the 1901 Caister lifeboat disaster, nine crew members were lost while attempting a rescue during heavy seas. You can visit the Caister Lifeboat Station and learn all about the brave men who fought the sea to save ships and livelihoods as well as lives. While out and about, be sure to find yourself a spot to enjoy the best e-liquids on the market from Medusa Juice. Be it while you’re strolling along the windswept beach or having a pint at one of the local pubs, you will be glad you stocked up on the best deals you found at Medusa Juice. Visit one of the four outlets or order online.

Coming And Going

Caister-on-Sea is home to a Haven caravan and holiday park near the coast. The park is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom and it began as the “Great Yarmouth Social Club” back in 1906. During the 1950s and early 1960s, it used to be on both sides of the road. Opposite the beach was a dining room, paper shop, sports facilities and tourist chalets. These facilities were sold to a property developer who turned it into additional housing in the 1970s. In the 1980s, a brand new holiday camp was opened under the ownership of Ladbrokes, which was later sold to Warners during the 1990s. Today, Caister is also host to a National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Station.

While it has changed and evolved over the years, one thing remains constant and that is that the sunsets here are stunning and the village itself is a wonderfully peaceful place to spend your time enjoying Medusa Juice products, whether it be for a few hours, a few days or several decades.

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