Holt shown within Norfolk
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Holt is a market town and parish in the English county of Norfolk. Norfolk (ˈnɔrfək is a low-lying county in East Anglia, England, United Kingdom. In Biology a population is the collection of inter-breeding organisms of a particular Species; in Sociology The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using Latitude and Longitude London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. A civil parish in the United Kingdom is a unit of local government. The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government North Norfolk is a local government district in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of Subdivisions of England used for the purposes of Local government outside Greater London Norfolk (ˈnɔrfək is a low-lying county in East Anglia, England, United Kingdom. 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Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Norfolk (ˈnɔrfək is a low-lying county in East Anglia, England, United Kingdom. The town is 22. 8 miles north of the city of Norwich, 9. History Roman The Romans had their regional capital at Venta Icenorum on the river to the south which is near modern-day Caistor St Edmund 5 miles west of Cromer and 35 miles east of King's Lynn. Cromer is a coastal Town and Civil parish in the north of the English county of Norfolk. King's Lynn is a town and Port in Norfolk, England. Over the years the town has been known variously as Bishop's Lynn and Lynn Regis The town is on the route of the A148 King's Lynn to Cromer road. The A148 is an English A road entirely in the County of Norfolk. The nearest railway station is in the town of Sheringham where access to the national rail network can be made via the Bittern Line to Norwich. For the footballer see Teddy Sheringham Sheringham is a seaside Town (population 7143 in Norfolk, England Route The towns and villages served by the route are listed below Holt also has a station on the preserved North Norfolk Railway, ‘The Poppy Line’, of which it is the south-western terminus. Description The line which is just over long once formed part of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. For the military use of this facility see RAF Horsham St Faith Norwich International Airport, also known as Norwich Airport, is The town has a population of 3,550. In Biology a population is the collection of inter-breeding organisms of a particular Species; in Sociology  Holt is within the area covered by North Norfolk District Council. North Norfolk is a local government district in Norfolk, United Kingdom.
The name Holt is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word for woodland and Holt is located on wooded high ground of the Cromer ridge at the crossing point of two ancient by-ways and as such was a natural point for a settlement to grow. See also the disambiguation page Byway A byway in the United Kingdom is a minor secondary or tertiary road The town has a mention in the great survey of 1086 known as the Domesday Book. The Domesday Book (ˈduːmzdeɪ bʊk also known as Domesday, or Book of Winchester) was the record of the great survey In the survey it is described as a market town and a port with the nearby port of Cley next the Sea being described as Holt’s port. Cley next the Sea is a Village (population 376 on the River Glaven in Norfolk England, 4 miles north-west of Holt and east of Blakeney It also had five watermills and twelve plough teams and as such was seen as a busy thriving viable settlement then. This article is about a type of structure For other locational uses see Milldam. The plough ( American spelling plow; both plaʊ is a Tool used in Farming for initial cultivation of soil in preparation for sowing seed The first Lord of the Manor was Walter Giffard; it passed to Hugh, Earl of Chester, who then left it to the De Vaux family. By this time Holt had a well-established market and two annual fairs which were held on the 25th of April and the 25th of November. Over the years Holt grew as a local place of trade and commerce. Unfortunately the weekly market was stopped in 1960. Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 
On 1 May 1708 the town of Holt was devastated by a fire which destroyed most of the medieval town in the matter of three hours. Year 1708 ( MDCCVIII) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a The fire started at Shirehall plain and quickly spread through the mainly timber-framed houses of the town. The church was also badly damaged with its thatched chancel destroyed and the lead melted from the windows with the flames spreading up the steeple.  Local reports of the time state that the fire spread so swiftly that the butchers did not have time to rescue their meat from their stalls on the market. A butcher is someone who prepares various Meats and other related goods for sale The damage to the town was estimated to be in the region of £11,000.  which was a massive amount of money at that time. After the fire the town received many donations from all over the country and the task of reconstruction began.
With most of the medieval buildings destroyed in the fire the townsfolk set about rebuilding the town. The rebuilding made Holt notable for its abundance of Georgian buildings, that being the style of the day at the time when the town centre was rebuilt. Georgian architecture is the name given in most English -speaking countries to the set of Architectural styles current between 1720 and 1840 However, the town repaired and retains its Norman parish church, which is dedicated to St Andrew.
Holt is best known in the rest of England for being the seat of Gresham's School, a long-established public school founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham, originally for boys only but co-educational since 1971. Gresham’s School is an independent An independent school in the United Kingdom is a school relying upon private sources for all of its funding predominantly in the form of school fees Sir John Gresham ( 1495 - 23 October, 1556) was an English Merchant, Courtier and Financier who worked for King Henry Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. 
The school's alumni include Benjamin Britten, W. H. Auden, Lord Reith, Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, President Erskine Childers, Sir Christopher Cockerell, Donald Maclean, Sir Lennox Berkeley, Sir Stephen Spender, Tom Wintringham, Sir James Dyson, Stephen Fry, Ralph Firman, Sir Peter Brook, Sebastian Shaw, Sienna Guillory and Michael Cummings. Edward Benjamin Britten Baron Britten, OM CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976 was an English Composer, conductor, Wystan Hugh Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973 ˈwɪstən ˈhjuː ˈɔːdən who signed his works W John Charles Walsham Reith 1st Baron Reith KT GCVO GBE CB TD PC ( 20 July 1889 &ndash 16 June Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, OM, KBE, FRS (5 February 1914 Banbury, Oxfordshire, England – 20 December 1998 Cambridge Erskine Hamilton Childers (11 December 1905 &ndash 17 November 1974 served as the fourth President of Ireland from 1973 until his death in 1974 Sir Christopher Sydney Cockerell CBE FRS ( June 4, 1910 &ndash June 1, 1999) was an English Engineer Donald Duart Maclean (məˈkleɪn 25 May, 1913 Marylebone, London – 6 March, 1983 Moscow) was a British Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley ( May 12, 1903 &ndash December 26, 1989) was an English Composer. Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE, ( 28 February 1909 – 16 July 1995) was an English Poet, Novelist Thomas Henry (Tom Wintringham ( 15 May 1898 &mdash 16 August 1949) was a British soldier military historian journalist poet Sir James Dyson (born Cromer, Norfolk, England, 2 May 1947 is an English Industrial designer. Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957 is an English Humorist, Writer, Wit, Actor, Novelist, filmmaker Ralph David Firman Jr (born May 20 1975 in Norwich, Norfolk) is a Racing driver from the United Kingdom, who now Peter Stephen Paul Brook CH, CBE (born 21 March 1925) is a British theatre and Film director and innovator Sebastian Shaw (29 May 1905 – 23 December 1994 was an English stage, Film, Television and Radio Actor, as well as a director Sienna Tiggy Guillory (pronounced "Gil-ir-ee" (ˈɡɪlərɪ born May 31 1975 is an English Actress, and a former model. Arthur Stuart Michael Cummings MBE (born Leeds, Yorkshire, 1 June 1919, died London, 9 October 1997
Holt railway station, opened in 1887, was served by the Midland and Great Northern Railway. See also List of closed railway stations in Norfolk Holt railway station (North Norfolk Railway The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GN was a Joint railway owned by the Midland Railway (MR and the Great Northern Railway (GNR in eastern Most of this network was closed by British Railways in 1959 but the short section from Melton Constable railway station via Holt to Sheringham (services continuing on to Cromer and Norwich) escaped closure for a few more years - finally succumbing in 1964 when the branch was cut back to Sheringham (now the nearest national rail-head, served by frequent services to Norwich along the 'Bittern line'). Melton Constable railway station was a station in North Norfolk, opened in 1881 by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway. In 1965, within a year of the closure of this line, the North Norfolk Railway was formed to restore part of the line as an independent heritage steam railway. Initially it operated between Sheringham and Weybourne; later it was extended to the eastern edge of Holt. Until a few years ago, a horse-bus service, the "Holt Flyer", ran between the Railway Tavern in the town centre and the new railway station, timed to connect with trains. The horse-bus has now been replaced by a Routemaster bus. There are now plans to extend the railway back towards the town centre.
Holt has a successful and well-organized Rugby football club, formed in 1961. Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The club's first match was played against West Norfolk on Gresham's School playing field. Gresham’s School is an independent In the early days the team used the White Lion Hotel (now closed) for their changing rooms and hospitality. Hospitality refers to the relationship process between a Guest and a host and it also refers to the act or practice of being hospitable that is the reception and entertainment In 1967 the club was able to purchase nine acres of land on the eastern side of Bridge Road in nearby High Kelling. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. High Kelling is a Village and Civil parish in the north of the English County of Norfolk. The club began playing their home games at their new facilities in 1969. Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. At Bridge Road the club has three full-size pitches, six dedicated mini pitches and a clubhouse which was built in 1970. Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. There are changing room facilities for up to 100 players. The club has three senior sides, a junior side and mini rugby sides for age 6 through to 12 year olds.
Holt United Football Club has an even longer history than the Rugby Club. It was formed in 1894 and was a founder member of the North Norfolk and Norwich League, which began in 1895. Year 1894 ( MDCCCXCIV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common North Norfolk is a local government district in Norfolk, United Kingdom. History Roman The Romans had their regional capital at Venta Icenorum on the river to the south which is near modern-day Caistor St Edmund Year 1895 ( MDCCCXCV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year In 1927 the club joined the Norwich and District League and went on to win this league on five occasions. Year 1927 ( MCMXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. In 1935 the club was in the Norfolk and Suffolk League and did not suffer a league defeat until December that year, when they lost to Norwich City A at Carrow Road. Year 1935 ( MCMXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Norfolk (ˈnɔrfək is a low-lying county in East Anglia, England, United Kingdom. Suffolk (ˈsʌfək is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in East Anglia, England. PLEASE NOTE This section is the introduction Please do not add too much detail here Holt was the first amateur team to play at the newly-built Carrow Road ground. In 1985 Holt United left their ground at Jubilee Road, which was sold to finance the new Sports Centre complex at Kelling Road. For one season Holt played their matches at Gresham's School. Gresham’s School is an independent In 1986 the club moved to their new ground at the Sports Centre. Four years later they dropped into Junior football, which was a major blow to the club. During the past three seasons the club have remained in Division One of the Anglian Combination. At present Holt United run two sides, the first team and the Reserves playing in Division 6.
The Doctor Who Midsummer Invasion 2006
On Sunday 25 June 2006, Holt was "invaded" by Daleks. A Dalek (, ˈdɑːlεk is a member of a Fictional extraterrestrial race of Mutants from the British science fiction television Events 524 - Battle of Vézeronce, the Franks defeat the Burgundians Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. A Dalek (, ˈdɑːlεk is a member of a Fictional extraterrestrial race of Mutants from the British science fiction television The event was a celebration of BBC Television's classic science fiction series Doctor Who. Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The Doctor Who Midsummer Invasion attracted many fans of the ever-popular show to the town as well as some of its previous stars. Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. Midsummer may simply refer to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice Organised by Planet Skaro, a local sci-fi store that has subsequently closed, the highlight of the day was a Dalek parade through the town centre. A parade (also called march or marchpast) is a procession of people usually organized along a street often in Costume, and often accompanied by Fire
Several former Doctor Who actors came to see Holt be invaded. Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works The visiting celebrities included the sixth Doctor, Colin Baker plus Terry Molloy, best known for playing Davros, the creator and leader of the Daleks. A celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention The Sixth Doctor is the name given to the sixth incarnation of the Fictional character known as the Doctor, seen on screen in the long-running Colin Baker (born London, 8 June 1943 is an English Actor who is best known for playing the sixth incarnation of the Doctor Terry Molloy (born 1947 is an English actor known predominantly for his work on radio and television Davros is a character from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Deborah Watling, who played Victoria Waterfield alongside the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, also attended as did Barbara Loft, who was a child when she featured in the classic story The Mind Robber. Deborah Watling (born 2 January 1948, Fulmer, Buckinghamshire) is a British actress best known for her role as Victoria Victoria Waterfield is a fictional character played by Deborah Watling in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who The Second Doctor is the name given to the second incarnation of the Fictional character known as the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running Patrick George Troughton (25 March 1920 – 28 March 1987 was an English Actor most widely known in his role as the second incarnation of the The Mind Robber is a serial in the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in five All the stars were a real hit with the public when they signed autographs, photos and memorabilia in the High Street. High Street, or the High Street, is a Metonym for the generic name (and frequently the official name of the primary Business street
Some Cybermen were also in town as part of the Invasion. The Cybermen are a Fictional race of Cyborgs who are amongst the most persistent enemies of the Doctor in the British Science fiction television
Ken Wallis, who flew Little Nellie in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, was also in Holt meeting fans by his famous biplane. Colin Baker (born London, 8 June 1943 is an English Actor who is best known for playing the sixth incarnation of the Doctor The Sixth Doctor is the name given to the sixth incarnation of the Fictional character known as the Doctor, seen on screen in the long-running Wing Commander Kenneth Horatio Wallis MBE, DEng (hc CEng, FRAeS, FSETP, PhD (hc RAF (Ret'd You Only Live Twice (1967 is the fifth Spy film of the British James Bond series and stars Sean Connery as the James Bond 007 is a Fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve Novels and two Short story You Only Live Twice (1967 is the fifth Spy film of the British James Bond series and stars Sean Connery as the A biplane is a Fixed-wing aircraft with two main Wings The first powered heavier-than-air Aircraft, the Wright brothers' Wright Flyer
At The Feathers Hotel on Saturday 24 June, there was a meet-and-greet buffet which gave some fans a chance to mingle with the stars before the Invasion took place the following day. Colin Baker was unable to attend this exclusive event as he was starring in a play that evening. Colin Baker (born London, 8 June 1943 is an English Actor who is best known for playing the sixth incarnation of the Doctor A play, or stageplay, is a form of Literature written by a Playwright, almost always consisting of Dialogue between Fictional characters
The Doctor Who themed events proved very popular, the Sunday especially so, with over 10,000 people visiting the town. Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC.
Due to the success of the first Invasion, another science fiction themed event took place in Holt in 2007. On 30 June, between 10 am and 4 pm at the Church Hall, there was a Collectors Fair. Attendees at the fair included Mercedes Nogh (Rystall in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), Barbara Loft from The Mind Robber, plus Spencer Chapman (a Doctor Who set designer from the 1960s). Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi is a 1983 Space opera Film directed by Richard Marquand and written by George Lucas The Mind Robber is a serial in the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in five Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC.