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About Old Catton

The community and Parish of Old Catton lies about 3 miles to the north of the City of Norwich in the County of Norfolk, United Kingdom. It also sits on the eastern edge of Norwich International Airport.

Some say that Old Catton is now just a suburb of Norwich; having been largely joined up by a rapid expansion of housing development from Norwich. However, many people in Old Catton still regard it as a village and there is a strong sense of village and community life here. It remains a popular destination for people looking for somewhere to live, possibly due to factors such as good public transport links, plenty of green spaces and a good selection of schools and essential shops.

Old Catton covers an area of 233 hectares and has a population of 6,130 residents of which 4,853 are of voting age*.

Ever increasing volumes of traffic and road congestion is one of the biggest concerns for local residents and it will be interesting to see what effect the proposed Northern Distributor Road (NDR) and further expansion of Norwich International Airport will have on Old Catton in the years to come.


The earliest history of Old Catton seems to date back to the Stone Age, as evidenced by archaeological finds and subsequent discoveries point to Bronze Age and Roman habitation. But much of our documented history begins in 1086 with the publication of the Domesday Book. More detailed information about the history of Old Catton can be found elsewhere within this website, or by contacting the Old Catton Society.


Old Catton covers an area of 211 hectares (approximately 475 acres) and in 2001, it had a population of 5,934 people. In 2005, 5,013 of this number were registered as eligible to vote. The fact that so many people who live in Old Catton are of voting age would suggest that Old Catton is not a "young" place!

* Information source; Broadland District Council.  The population number is correct as of 2009 and the voter numbers are correct as of April 2013.