Catton can be found 3 miles north of the city on high ground and, like Costessey, is split into two: Old and New. Archaeological finds suggest Old Catton was inhabited as far back as the Stone Age, with further finds unearthing Bronze Age and Roman objects.
During the prosperous wool-manufacturing era, the wealthy merchants were moving from the city in search of grander properties to areas such as Catton. One such person was Jeremiah Ives, twice Mayor of Norwich and wealthy wool merchant. Guided by the architect William Wilkins, he built Catton Hall in 1780 and it was later landscaped, following designs by Humphrey Repton.
St Margaret’s Church has been at the heart of Catton since the 14th century, although parts date from the 19th century when considerable building work was undertaken. It wasn’t until 1979 that St Margaret’s gained a proper church hall, thanks to the fundraising of local groups and individuals.
Like all parts of Norwich, Catton’s population has grown considerably over the years. In 1911 it was recorded as 634 but by the 2011 Census its population had increased to 6,108.
Due to its proximity to Norwich, Catton is a popular residential area with good amenities including schools, medical practice, veterinary surgery, dental surgery and other privately-owned businesses. There are two public houses and excellent recreation grounds with good facilities. There are a number of sporting activities, clubs and societies in Catton, to suit a wide range of interests.
Notable residents from Catton include Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty, Sir Standish Hartstonge, 1st Baronet, judge and founder of a prominent Irish political dynasty and snooker player, Barry Pinches.