The town of Holt has a fascinating and diverse history following a devastating fire in 1708. In a matter of just three hours most of the medieval timber buildings in the town centre were destroyed. It is recorded that the fire was so intense that the butchers didn’t have time to rescue their meat from their stalls. Following the fire the town was rebuilt having received donations from all over the country.
Holt’s fine Georgian architectural influence is very evident today and the majority of buildings are listed and protected within a conservation area. The Holt Society was formed in 1966 by a small group of volunteers who cared deeply about the beauty of Holt and it’s heritage.
Today the membership of The Holt Society has grown to nearly 250 members and the group remains incredibly active with the ongoing preservation of the Georgian town centre. One of the most important activities of The Holt Society is to comment on planning applications as a consultee with the North Norfolk District Council’s planning authority.
(Modern Photograph: B. Dawson)