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Population: 3,550

Nearby Towns: Cromer, Fakenham, Sheringham

Modern day Holt was shaped in 1708 when a fire destroyed most of the medieval town, and saw it replaced by the Georgian street scene that is part of its charm today.

Its famous independent school Gresham’s dates back even further to 1555, and boasts former pupils ranging from composer Benjamin Britten to bagless vacuum cleaner inventor Sir James Dyson

The town is a Mecca for shoppers due to its range of independent traders including department store Bakers and Larners.

On its doorstep is Holt Country Park and one end of the North Norfolk Railway heritage railway line.

Sir William Cubitt , Lady Cubitt and Hugh Harkett with the loco team, platform staff and guards: Pictures: Leigh Caudwell

Train crews and station staff at North Norfolk Railway were praised during a visit by the High Sheriff of Norfolk.

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Sheringham railway station. Picture: Ian Burt

One of the region’s most popular visitor attractions has secured another award for its work in bringing back mainline dining excursions.

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Parts of the comedy film Chick-Lit were filmed at the Hunny Bell. Pictures: Stody Estate

A north Norfolk pub frequented by Hollywood’s finest is seeking a new community-focused tenant.

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Bus in North Walsham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Tweets giving out false information from Sanders Coaches - claiming they are on strike - have been reported to Twitter.

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Wanted man- Paul Priestley: Police picture

A man wanted on recall to prison has connections with north Norfolk.

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People opposed to plans at NNDC meeting: Picture: David Bale

Cabinet members have decided to press ahead with proposals to develop four of the council’s assets in north Norfolk.

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North Walsham Velo members gather at the town's Market Cross before one of their Sunday morning rides. Picture: NORTH WALSHAM VELO

A cycling club set up two years ago in north Norfolk by friends who wanted to lose weight and get fitter now has some 120 members.

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Actor John Hurt in Cromer.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

“He really adopted Norfolk and Norfolk adopted him.”

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Protests against cuts to lollipop services: Pictures: Steffan Aquarone

Protesters gathered at a school crossing in Briston, near Melton Constable, yesterday against proposals to cut a lollipop service.

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The number 25 First bus at Castle Meadow, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

One of the county’s largest bus operators believes changes to the city’s road network have led to more than 350,000 new passenger journeys.

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Thornage Hall, which provides supported living accomdation for people with learning diffculties. Picture: ARCHANT

Thornage Hall, near Holt, will be able to provide a home for three more people with the completion of a £350,000 extension.

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Rural Life - Sheringham - High Street.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Buoyant holiday firms are anticipating a bumper 2017 as year-on-year booking levels soar.

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Campaigners David Hurdle and James Thomson are calling for better bus and train links in north Norfolk. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

While rail passenger numbers have increased 170 per cent at Sheringham over the last 17 years, the lack of links with buses is leaving many frustrated.

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Home-Start Norwich volunteers from the north Norfolk area. Picture: SENT IN BY HOME-START NORWICH

Volunteers are becoming increasingly important for vital charity services amid funding cuts.

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Bus company boss Charles Sanders has warned that his business could be driven out of Holt by problems with parking.

A bus company boss has confirmed he has already begun a search for new headquarters amid fears a lack of room to expand on its current site could force them to drive out of town.

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Holt mayor Duncan Baker is concerned there is not enough to do for young people in the town. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

Action to take down unsafe gravestones in Holt cemetery was necessary to prevent the risk of death or injury according to the town’s mayor

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Long line of buses on Red Lion Street, Norwich during roadworks. Photo : Steve Adams

The number of bus journeys taken in our region plummeted by two million in the space of a year, new figures revealed today.

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As work continues on the Norwich NDR, council leader George Nobbs unveils one of the new scheme boards near Postwick.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Fears have been voiced that the largest local authority-led road construction project in the country could wipe Holt off the map.

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The Grove - also known as the 'Castle' - in Holt.

Property editor Caroline Culot never imagined she would find a ‘castle’ right in the centre of Holt but it and a cluster of adjoining properties are now for sale with Strutt & Parker.

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Video: Restored sign puts Holt back on map

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Holt mayor Duncan Baker, left, and members of the town's WI join TV historian Neil Faulkner for the unveiling of the town's refurbished sign.

Its agriculture grew the English economy up until the Industrial Revolution.

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Holt town centre  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

It is a distinguished Georgian town well known for its many quaint courtyards and winding alleyways.

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Sponge Cakes business is expanding. Head of Sales Richard Fowler with some of their range.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Selling cakes is big business for a north Norfolk bakery which has secured deals with sports clubs, the royal palaces and attractions across the UK.

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Cornard and Sudbury band leads a previous parade through town.

The team reviving a north Norfolk town’s carnival is determined to prove the doubters wrong and restore it to its former glory.

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Carer holding hands of senior woman. Photo: Getty Images

Looking for work in the medical or carer sectors? There are currently 127 positions available across the county online at Jobs24.

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Opinion: Ten reasons to move to West Norfolk

Friday, June 17, 2016
The sunset on Hunstanton Beach in Norfolk.  Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Rural villages, rolling countryside and rich history are just a few of the things that make West Norfolk an ideal place to take up residence.

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Round the World Cyclist Joe Henry returns home after his year long journey, to the Krusty Loaf Bakery in Holt. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A year ago Norfolk baker Joe Henry rode out on his bicycle from Fring. Today he rode into Holt, 26 miles away, having passed through 30 countries and pedalled 18,000 miles in the intervening 12 months.

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Holt jewellery appeal

Police officers have released pictures of jewellery items which have been taken in a spate of burglaries in Holt.

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Updated: Teenager found dead in Holt is named

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Rebecca Haley: PIC: Submitted

An inquest opens in Norwich on Thursday into the death of a prefect at Gresham’s School in Holt.

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Norfolk Age UK dementia friendly communities coordinator Amelia Worley giving  a presentation at the annual Holt Town Meeting.

It has helped some of the most vulnerable forge connections and participate in activities the majority of us take for granted.

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New vehicles at C.T. Baker building suppliers. Left to right, Nick Baker, David Smith, Richard Ellithorne, Michael Baker (front), Paul Pamment, Mark Hobbs, Lee Hagen.  
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It has been trading for 246 years but is continuing to demonstrate a drive for success.

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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge opens the new EACH charity shop in Holt, Norfolk.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

An 11-year-old girl stole the show as she took the Duchess of Cambridge on an impromptu tour of the new EACH charity shop in Holt on Friday morning.

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Proposed housing development in Holt. Mark Ashwell (NNDC Planning Policy Manager) with Holt residents Sandra and Dick Copas at the development exhibition at Holt Community Centre.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Long-awaited work to pave the way for one of the biggest new housing developments in north Norfolk could finally get underway before the end of the year.

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Rebekah Hughes is 11 and has been receiving care and support from EACH at Quidenham since
2011.

The family of a schoolgirl with a life-limiting epileptic condition revealed a local charity has changed their life.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is the Royal Patron of EACH.

The Duchess of Cambridge will be in Holt next Friday to open a charity shop for the East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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