Holt is a quaint Georgian Market Town, 20 miles from Norwich and about 10 miles from Cromer, on the east coast of England. Holt is referenced in the Doomsday Book of 1086, which was the first survey of England, ordered by William the Conqueror. Back then, Holt had 5 water mills and 12 plough teams, and was seen as a busy thriving viable settlement.
Medieval Holt was destroyed by fire in May of 1708. In just 3 hours the town was destroyed, to the cost of £11,000. Donations came in from around the country and Holt began to rebuild, providing many of the Georgian style buildings still around today.
The Church in Holt was badly damaged in the fire, but was able to be rescued, and is the sole remaining Norman building in Holt, originally constructed in the 14th Century. It is believed that a church and services were founded at the same location as early as the 11th Century, but whatever remained was replaced by the church we see today.
We would later find out that the neighboring town of Gresham was the ancestral home of my Mum’s family, The Greenacres, before they moved north to Durham to find work in the collieries.