"HOLT is a neat market town, pleasantly situated on rising ground at the junction of several public roads and on the Eastern and Midlands Railway (now constructing), 21 miles N.N.W. of Norwich, 12 miles N.W. by N. of Aylsham, 18 miles N. by E. of East Dereham, 4 miles S.S.E. of Blakeney and Cley, 10 miles W. by S. of Cromer, and 119 miles N.E. by N. of London. It is in Erpingham union, Norwich bankruptcy district, Norwich archdeaconry, and is the head and gives name to a hundred, a petty sessional division, a rural deanery, and a county court district. It has much improved of late years, and its population increased from 1004 in 1801 to 1535 in 1881; the area is 2991A. . . . From its high situation the town of Holt is remarkably salubrious. The Market Place and High Street contain many spacious and well-stocked shops, and the streets are well paved and are lighted with gas. . . . On May day, 1708, a great part of the town was destroyed by an accidental fire, which burnt with such fury 'that the butchers could not save the meat on their stalls.' . . . The CHURCH (St. Andrew) is an ancient structure in the Early English style, comprising nave with aisles and clerestory, south porch (used as a vestry), chancel, and square tower containing one bell and a clock. . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £11 17s. 3½d., is in the patronage of St. John's College, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Edward Brumell, B.D., who is also rural dean." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1883) - Transcription copyright © Juanita Hadwin]


Holt is also the name of the hundred and the deanery, so a reference to Holt could mean this parish, or this area of Norfolk.



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of Holt (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Holt.
See Thornage

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Holt, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.

Church History

(No author)
The Wesleyan Conference v. Cozens-Hardy and others.
A report of the proceedings in Chancery against the trustees and mortgagees of two Wesleyan chapels at Holt, in the county of Norfolk, before Vice-Chancellor Lord Cranworth, at Westminster Hall, April 16th, 17th, 23rd, and 24th, and May 7th, 1851; with an introduction by W. Cozens-Hardy, showing the origin, progress, and termination of the suit.
[London, John Kaye and Co., 1852]
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton
Holt Church (St Andrew), Norfolk.
[London, Home Words, 1956]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Holt was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Description, history and pictures.
Bunn, Rhoda
Holt and District: a portrait in old picture postcards.
[ISBN 1870708385, S.B. Publications, 1990]
Harrod, Mrs W. (editor)
Official guide to Holt and district, Norfolk. Designed and published by the Holt and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
[Holt, Rounce and Wortley, (19--)]
MacKeown, Martin
Holt and its environs.
[Harnser, 1981]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Holt which are provided by:



  • 1883: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
  • Holt and District Official Guide.
    [Holt Parish Council, Rounce and Wortley, 1934]
  • Holt Almanac and Directory, including Kelling and High Kelling, with street map.
  • Holt: Official Guide, Directory and Map: 1984-1985.
    [ISBN 0907005039, Wisbech, Charles N. Veal, Holt Town Council, 1984?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories




Historical Geography

Holt is in Holt Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Holt Hundred
Description of Holt Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Holt has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



(No author)
An account of the festival at Holt, given in commemoration of the happy return of peace, on the twelfth of August, 1814.
[Holt, J. Shalders, 1814]
Brooks, Peter
Holt: historical market town.
[ISBN 0946148015, Poppyland, 1982]
Hales, Jane
Ninety years in one house.
[ISBN 0948400471, Larks Press, 1996]
Hales, Jane
One thing and another.
[Wisbech, Veal, 1982]
Hales, Jane
Three centuries at Holt. Published for the Holt Society.
[Hunstanton, Priests Publications, 1968]
Radford, Lewis Bostock
History of Holt: a brief study of parish, church and school.
[Holt, Rounce and Wortley, 1908]

Land & Property

See Letheringsett
Parker, Graham
A History of Holt Hall - up to 1946.
(Including the families of Briggs, Hobart, De Nerford, Pemberton, Rogers, De Roos, Tomlinson and Vaux).
[Norfolk Education Authority, c1990]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG080387 (Lat/Lon: 52.905227, 1.090736), Holt which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 Holt became part of the Erpingham Union, and the workhouses were at Gimingham and Sheringham. These were replaced by a new workhouse at West Beckham in 1850.
  • Hales, Jane; and Yaxley, Susan
    "On the parish": recorded lives of the poor of Holt and district, 1780-1835.
    [ISBN 0948400226, Dereham, Larks Press, 1994]


Gresham's School
History, pictures, etc.
Lee, Peter John
A catalogue of the Foundation Library: (with notes and an historical introduction).
[Holt, Gresham's School, 1965]
Linnell, Charles Lawrence Scruton and Douglas, A.B.
Gresham's School, history and register, 1555-1954.
[Ipswich, 1955]
Simpson, James Herbert
Schoolmaster's Harvest: some findings of fifty years, 1894-1944.
(Gresham's School, including index).
[London, Faber and Faber, 1954]
Smart, Sue
When Heroes Die: a forgotten archive reveals the last days of the schoolfriends who died for Britain.
(Pupils of Gresham's School who died in World War 1, including index).
[ISBN 1859832563, Breedon, 2001]