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Encyclopedia > Holt, Norfolk

Holt is a market town in the county of Norfolk, England. The town has a population of 3,550[1]. It lies on high ground some 3 miles south of the North Sea coast at Cley and is 21 north-north-west of the city of Norwich. Holt is within the area covered by North Norfolk District Council. The market town is a medieval phenomenon. ... For alternative meanings see: Norfolk (disambiguation) Norfolk (pronounced NOR-fk) is a low-lying county in East Anglia in the east of southern England. ... The North Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, located between the coasts of Norway and Denmark in the east, the coast of the British Isles in the west, and the German, Dutch, Belgian and French coasts in the south. ... Cley Towermill stands at the edge of village, next to the coastal marshes and a network of drainage channels. ... Shown within Norfolk Geography Status: City (1195) Government Region: East of England Administrative County: Norfolk Area: - Total Ranked 322nd 39. ... North Norfolk is a local government district in Norfolk, England. ...

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Overview

The Market Cross at Holt, Norfolk.
The Market Cross at Holt, Norfolk.

Holt is best known in the rest of England for being the seat of Gresham's School, a long-established public school founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham, originally for boys only but co-educational since 1971. The school's alumni include Benjamin Britten, Wystan Hugh Auden, Lord Reith, Sir Alan Hodgkin, Sir Christopher Cockerell, Sir Lennox Berkeley, Sir Stephen Spender, Sir James Dyson, Stephen Fry and Sienna Guillory. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 752 KB) Summary Holt Market Cross Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 752 KB) Summary Holt Market Cross Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Gresham’s School is an independent, fully co-educational HMC boarding school set in the beautiful town of Holt in the North Norfolk countryside. ... Events Russia breaks 60 year old truce with Sweden by attacking Finland February 2 - Diet of Augsburg begins February 4 - John Rogers becomes first Protestant martyr in England February 9 - Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake May 23 - Paul IV becomes Pope. ... Sir John Gresham (1492 - 23 October 1556) was an English merchant and financier who worked for King Henry VIII of England, Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH (November 22, 1913 – December 4, 1976) was a British composer, conductor, and pianist. ... Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1939 Wystan Hugh Auden (February 21, 1907–September 29, 1973) was an English poet. ... John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith (July 20, 1889 - June 16, 1971), later Sir John Reith (1927-), then Baron Reith (1940-) established the British tradition of independent public service broadcasting. ... Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin (February 5, 1914 - December 20, 1998) was a British physiologist and biophysicist, who won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work with Andrew Fielding Huxley on the basis of nerve action potentials, the electrical impulses that enable the activity of an organism... Christopher Sydney Cockerell (June 4, 1910 – June 1, 1999) was a British engineer, inventor of the hovercraft. ... Sir Lennox Berkeley (May 12, 1903 - December 26, 1989) was a British composer. ... Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE, (February 28, 1909 – July 16, 1995) was an English poet and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. ... Dyson vacuum cleaner. ... Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, author, actor and filmmaker. ... Sienna Guillory (born May 31, 1975) is a British actress and model. ...


Holt is noted for an abundance of Georgian buildings, many of its medieval buildings having been destroyed in a disastrous fire in the year 1708. However, it retains its Norman parish church, which is dedicated to St Andrew. The Nave of Durham Cathedral demonstrates the characteristic round arched style, though use of shallow pointed arches above the nave anticipates the Gothic style. ... Saint Andrew (Greek: Andreas, manly), the Christian Apostle, brother of Saint Peter, was born at Bethsaida on the Lake of Galilee. ...


Railways

One mile to the east of the town centre is a terminus for the North Norfolk Railway, the other end of the line being at the sea-side resort of Sheringham. The former Holt town centre railway station was served by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, which closed in 1963. Until a few years ago, a horse-bus service, the "Holt Flyer" ran between the Railway Tavern in the town centre and the new railway station, timed to connect with trains. Sadly, the horse bus has now been replaced by a modern Routemaster bus. Terminal Station was also the name of a railway station in Chattanooga, Tennessee; see Chattanooga Choo Choo. ... The North Norfolk Railway -- also known as the Poppy Line -- is a heritage railway in Norfolk, England running between the coastal town of Sheringham and Holt which is further inland. ... Sheringham from the mound Sheringham is a seaside town (population 7143[1]) in Norfolk, England, west of Cromer. ... M&GNJR Badge The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GN) was a joint railway owned by the Midland Railway (MR) and the Great Northern Railway (GNR) in eastern England. ...


Sports & Recreation

Holt has a King George's Field in memorial to King George V There are 471 King George V Playing Fields[1] in the United Kingdom, all part of an enormous memorial to King George V, each of which is an individual registered charity[2]. This is the page for Norfolk. ... George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 - 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor, as a result of his creating it from the British branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. ...


The Doctor Who Midsummer Invasion

2006

Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, officially starts the Invasion.
Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, officially starts the Invasion.

On Sunday 25th June 2006, Holt was invaded by Daleks. The event was a celebration of BBC Television's classic science fiction series Doctor Who. The Doctor Who Midsummer Invasion attracted many fans of the ever-popular show to the town as well as some of its previous stars. Organised by Planet Skaro, a local sf store, the highlight of the day was a Dalek parade through the town centre. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (480x640, 70 KB)Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, officially starts the Invasion. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (480x640, 70 KB)Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, officially starts the Invasion. ... Colin Baker (born London, June 8, 1943) is an English actor who is best known for playing the sixth incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, from 1984 to 1986. ... The Sixth Doctor is the name given to the sixth incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... Daleks can refer to either: Plural of Dalek, the fictional robot; or Daleks (video game). ... BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known as The Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, fighting evil. ... Midsummer celebration, Ã…mmeberg, Sweden Midsummer, or Litha as it was known by the ancient Germanic peoples, refers the period of time centered upon the summer solstice and the religious celebrations that accompany it. ... United States Marines on parade. ...

The Dalek Invasion parade through Holt town centre.
The Dalek Invasion parade through Holt town centre.

Several former Doctor Who actors came to see Holt be invaded. The visiting celebrities included the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker plus Terry Molloy, best known for playing Davros, the creator and leader of the Daleks. Deborah Watling, who played Victoria Waterfield alongside the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, also attended as did Barbara Loft, who was a child when she featured in the classic story The Mind Robber. All the stars were a real hit with the public when they signed autographs, photos and memorabilia in the High Street. Image File history File links H34. ... Image File history File links H34. ... The Daleks (pronounced DAH-lecks; IPA: ) are a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the 1998 movie, see Celebrity (1998 movie). ... The Sixth Doctor is the name given to the sixth incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... Colin Baker (born London, June 8, 1943) is an English actor who is best known for playing the sixth incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, from 1984 to 1986. ... A fan with Terry Molloy at a Doctor Who convention in April 2006. ... Davros is a character from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, responsible for the genesis of the Doctors deadliest enemies, the Daleks. ... Deborah Watling (publicity portrait). ... Victoria Waterfield is a fictional character played by Deborah Watling in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... The Second Doctor is the name given to the second incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor Patrick George Troughton (March 25, 1920 – March 28, 1987) was a versatile and prolific British actor best known in his role as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long running British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who, which he played from 1966... The Mind Robber is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in five weekly parts from September 14 to October 12, 1968. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Main Street. ...


Some Cybermen were also in town as part of the Invasion. The Cybermen - 1966 vintage (from The Moonbase). ...


Ken Wallis, who flew Little Nellie in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, was also in Holt meeting fans by his famous biplane. Wing Commander K H Wallis MBE, DEng (hc), CEng, FRAeS, FSETP, PhD (hc), RAF (Retd) to give him his full title is one of the leading exponents of autogyros. ... The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond, also known as 007 (pronounced double-oh seven), is a fictional British spy created by writer Ian Fleming in 1952. ... You Only Live Twice is the fifth film in the EON Productions James Bond series and the fifth to star Sean Connery as British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond 007. ... Hs123 biplane. ...


At The Feathers Hotel on Saturday 24th June, there was a meet-and-greet buffet which gave some fans a chance to mingle with the stars before the Invasion took place the following day. Sadly, Colin Baker was unable to attend this exclusive event as he was starring in a play that evening. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Doctor Who themed events proved very popular, the Sunday especially so, with over 10,000 people visiting the town.


2007

Due to the success of the first Invasion, it has been strongly rumoured that another one will be taking place in Holt in 2007.


See also

Image File history File links Grasshopper-crest. ... Image File history File links Grasshopper-crest. ... Gresham’s School is an independent, fully co-educational HMC boarding school set in the beautiful town of Holt in the North Norfolk countryside. ... The list of closed railway stations in Britain includes the following. ...

External links

  • Gresham's School
  • Holt Town Council
  • Bakers & Larners of Holt
  • Holt - A guided tour in pictures
  • BBC Norfolk Online - Dalek Invasion gallery
  • BBC Norfolk Online - Real Player video footage of Dalek Invasion
  • YouTube.com video footage of the Dalek Invasion

References

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council, 2001. "Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes."

 
 

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