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Nostalgic East: Winding back the clock in the gorgeous 'Georgian' town of Holt

PUBLISHED: 08:35 01 April 2019

Back from the Falkland Islands Luke and Kirk Green who took first prize in the childrens fancy dress at Holt Carnival, 4 July 1982. Photo: Archant Library

Back from the Falkland Islands Luke and Kirk Green who took first prize in the childrens fancy dress at Holt Carnival, 4 July 1982. Photo: Archant Library

And as part of a Nostalgic East series running in the Eastern Daily Press, REBECCA MACNAUGHTON looks back at days gone by in the north Norfolk town of Holt.

The moving of Holt's signal box, April 1966
. Photo: Archant LibraryThe moving of Holt's signal box, April 1966 . Photo: Archant Library

The quintessentially English town of Holt may be famous throughout Norfolk for its Georgian buildings, but the history of the place dates further back than Georgian times.

A large amount of grand shops and houses that stand to this day were built after a large portion of the medieval town was burnt down in a fire in 1708.

Being a town filled with old buildings, the honour of being the very oldest is certainly a title worth shouting about. Byfords is believed to be the oldest building in Holt, with its cellar dating back to the 15th century. It has survived two fires, the aforementioned blaze in 1708 and another in 1906.

In more modern times the town is known for its large array of local shops and the Shell Museum in Glandford, which is a real highlight of North Norfolk.

Holt Farmers Club ploughing match, 2 October 1982. Photo: Archant LibraryHolt Farmers Club ploughing match, 2 October 1982. Photo: Archant Library

We have a variety of pictures of Holt through the decades here, including a quite brilliant one of a clan of Morris dancers in the town centre in 1984.

We also see various shots of the town centre, alongside the moving of a signal box in 1966 and some very well dressed kids at a fancy dress display in 1982.

Did you know?

On August 19, 1968 two Royal Air Force aircraft collided in the air above Holt after an electrical storm disabled the planes’ radar. A memorial stone hangs inside Saint Andrew’s Church dedicated to the accident.

Holt street scene, May 1972. Photo: Archant LibraryHolt street scene, May 1972. Photo: Archant Library

Holt town centre, 6 August 1960. Photo: Archant LibraryHolt town centre, 6 August 1960. Photo: Archant Library

St Andrews Church at Holt

, 15 May 1989. Photo: Archant LibrarySt Andrews Church at Holt , 15 May 1989. Photo: Archant Library

Monument on Obelisk Plain road sign at Holt,  17 May 1956 . Photo: Archant LibraryMonument on Obelisk Plain road sign at Holt, 17 May 1956 . Photo: Archant Library

Morris dancers at Holt, 23 June 1984. Photo: Archant LibraryMorris dancers at Holt, 23 June 1984. Photo: Archant Library

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