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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.

The homeless have a new benefactor in a Holt woman who is visiting music festivals in the region to collect discarded bedding and clothes to keep people warm this winter.

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It has been described as one of the most important cultural events in Norfolk, and Holt Festival’s outgoing artistic director said it had “great prospects” for the future.

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Conservation organisers and individuals are in a race against time to discover the special wildlife on North Norfolk’s coast.

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A pub that appeared to have the sword of Damocles hanging over it has risen like a phoenix from the ashes, and a new tearoom and deli are now being opened there.

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Little Daisy Pearson was just three months old when painful blisters started to inexplicably appear on her skin.

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What it’s like to grow up gay and working class in seemingly affluent north Norfolk.

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A new residential development in Holt will meet some of the demand for affordable homes, North Norfolk District Council’s cabinet member for housing, Richard Price said.

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High-street bank Santander has announced it’s closing its branch in Church Street, Cromer in September.

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Archery, street dance, and football are among a wide range of sports and activities on offer for youngsters during the summer holidays.

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Fears were raised that it was the end of an era when an annual arts festival in north Norfolk came to an end after 33 years.

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A holiday cottage operator has reported a bumper crop of summer bookings as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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A small leading lady will take to the stage opposite a tall leading man when the Mundesley Players starts its musical comedy run of ‘The Pirates of Pen’s Aunts’.

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The rise of a holiday letting business and importance of an online presence in the tourism industry will be the focus of a breakfast event.

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Youngsters in Sheringham were among those helped by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to carry out litter picks.

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It dates back to King John’s time - but this year the Aldborough fair in north Norfolk was a ‘no’ show.

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Have you seen this wanted man?

Friday, June 23, 2017

A man is wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

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North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb knows his first opponent in the Liberal Democrats’ leadership race should he stand.

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Patients and their families can now enjoy a peaceful haven at Kelling Hospital, near Holt, after new gardens were opened.

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North Norfolk Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb has received the backing of Queen legend Brian May, ahead of the General Election.

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Golfers are being urged to tee off in an event to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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Labour candidate for North Norfolk Stephen Burke has backed his leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for Theresa May to quit over police cuts, in light of the recent terrorist attacks.

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A brave member of staff at a petrol station in north Norfolk refused a man cash from the till and he left empty-handed.

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North Norfolk’s waste contract is up for grabs with the authority looking to make savings on the current arrangement.

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A social housing provider has secured a £20m funding package to support plans to build 700 new homes, comprising flats and houses, in Norfolk over the next four years.

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The Labour candidate for North Norfolk is predicting a “bleak” future for many older people should the Tories win on June 8.

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Electricity has been generated for the first time at the Race Bank offshore wind farm, off the north Norfolk coast.

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The last of Norfolk’s eel catchers will reminisce about their lives in a film premiere being shown as part of a series of free events.

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James Wild, North Norfolk Conservative parliamentary candidate, today formally launched his campaign in Cromer with party activists before a day of canvassing voters.

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A action photograph of kayaking won Karen Spence the novice prize in north Norfolk.

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This will be a familiar sight on the roads of North Norfolk this month.

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Twenty-three residents at a north Norfolk care home, which was placed in special measures after being rated inadequate, have just days to find alternative accommodation after it unexpectedly announced it was closing.

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The Liberal Democrats held their own in the county council elections in North Norfolk, while the UK vote collapsed.

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A law student from north Norfolk has been named the Open UniversityLaw Student of the Year 2016 at a special event in Westminster.

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It’s been revered by generations of pupils as a painting of Sir John Gresham, the founder of the Holt school that bears his name.

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Thousands of people - plus a few dogs - have been heading to polling stations in North Norfolk to cast their votes in the county council elections.

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The Labour Party has named Stephen Burke as its candidate for North Norfolk at the June 8 general election.

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A north Norfolk church has been targeted by lead thieves for the second time in about eight weeks.

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A pro-EU pressure group plans to support Liberal Democrat North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb at the general election.

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A report into shopping habits in north Norfolk has revealed mixed results with some town centres faring well and others in need of improvements.

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Did you know that one of the infamous Cambridge spies went to Gresham’s in Holt?

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North Norfolk’s Kerri Clarke, 32, has been training hard ahead of the London Marathon.

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A man who last conquered the London Marathon over 10 years ago is to run again following the unexpected death of his wife.

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A new free event in north Norfolk spotlighting the county’s finest food, arts, crafts and drinks proved successful and far exceeded its organiser’s expectations.

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Work starts on 213 new homes in Holt

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Housing developer Lovell has started work on a £58m development comprising 213 new homes in Holt.

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Two people have been injured in an incident on a bus which was travelling between Norwich and Holt.

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A much-needed new car park in Holt has moved a step closer with builders set to start work soon at the Cley Road site.

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Norfolk’s finest food, arts, crafts and drinks producers will be showcasing their wares at a new free event in north Norfolk.

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North Norfolk will be represented by eight fewer district councillors in future under boundary review recommendations.

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Passengers in north Norfolk will soon be able to travel on a set of four restored suburban coaches following the completion of a £250,000 project.

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A north Norfolk school has been praised by a government minister of state for its high standards in reading.

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The Duke of Kent chose the warmest day of the year so far to be shown around an outdoor learning centre in north Norfolk.

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Work has been completed in north Norfolk to help save a rare species of butterfly after a grant from a local supermarket.

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A north Norfolk district councillor is stepping down, after devoting 22 years to tackling local issues ranging from car parking to affordable housing.

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A long-running wind farm debate in north Norfolk is set to be dragged out further after a council announced plans to appeal against a decision made by the Planning Inspectorate.

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A Boden hat tried on by the Duchess of Cambridge is being auctioned for charity.

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A charity shop which was opened by the Duchess of Cambridge is celebrating its first birthday on Saturday, March 18.

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Knifeman spotted in Holt cemetery

Monday, March 13, 2017

A cemetery worker was left shaken after being confronted by a knifeman in Holt.

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A former headteacher will talk about her career and her life at Holt library as part of an ongoing series of events called ‘My Norfolk, My Holt’.

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Two of the 12 national winners in the British Institute of Professional Photography awards come from north Norfolk.

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Emergency services were called to an address in Melton Constable in north Norfolk where a sudden death had occurred.

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An extra £100,000 has been given to three Norfolk councils to help ongoing work with hundreds of domestic abuse victims over the next two years.

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Taxpayers in Breckland still receive the cheapest rate of council tax in the county, according to district councillors - despite them voting for a 6.6 per cent increase.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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“He really adopted Norfolk and Norfolk adopted him.”

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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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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