See inside this historic ginger beer factory now for sale for £350,000
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A property which was onced owned by a renowned Victorian wine merchant in a Norfolk town is for sale.
Lees Terrace, New Street, Holt, was part of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic empire run in the late 19th century by Alfred Lee.
Over more recent years, the building was converted to residential and operated as six flats for tenants of the Holt and Neighbourhood Housing Society. It is over three floors with a small courtyard and a range of sheds.
Several buildings in this Lion Yard area of Holt were once used by Mr Lee to bottle his drinks. He was an entrepreneur of his time and even provided accommodation for some of his employees.
Mr Lee operated as a wine and spirits merchant from 1888 until 1933. The 1901 census showed he had premises in New Street and High Street, Holt with his brother William operating in Docking, near Burnham Market.
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As well as the non-alcoholic ginger beer, he made oatmeal stout, sold for two shillings and 6d for 12 bottles and was doing what so many drinks firms are doing right now – running a home delivery service. He offered deliveries to your door, free of charge, all the way from Cromer to Hunstanton and 18 miles inland.
Mr Lee built a wholesale warehouse complex in Holt in 1896 with the largest of the buildings measuring more than 100ft. In order to leave his mark, he had a series of stone plaques inserted at eye-level bearing engraved initials dedicated to himself and his family.
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Lees Yard was sold in 1971 to Michael Hill who details much of the history on the Holt Owl Trail website. He said: “I recently met a direct descendent of Mr Lee and have been corresponding regularly. There really is a most fascinating story waiting to be told, for Alfred Lee was one of Holt’s great entrepreneurs.”
The building for sale offers 4,500 square feet. From the top, you can see across the Glaven valley.
“The flats were all occupied up to the last 12 months and have not been re-let while the society looks to invest in more modern accommodation,” states agent Brown & Co.