Manual Ref* NFnnSAT001 Show image 920

Great Fire of Holt, 1708

County Norfolk   District Council North Norfolk District Council 
Civil Parish or equivalent Holt  Town/Village* Holt 
Road Cross Street 
Precise Location On side of Norfolk Country Cottages Holt offices 
OS Grid Ref TG077387  Postcode NR25 
Previous location(s)  
Setting On building  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Children from Holt Primary School, in workshops led by Kate Alsop  Ceramicist(s)   

Commissioned by

As part of Salthouse Sculpture Trail by Norfolk Country Cottages 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling



Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Commemorative ceramic roundel

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Roundel  Ceramic  88cm diameter 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


Norfolk Country Cottages 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate
Inscriptions Great Fire of Holt, 1708 by Holt Primary School. Norfolk Country Cottages & Holiday Services 

Description (physical)

The colourful roundel is a reconstruction of Holt, with its many timber framed houses many with thatched roofs before the fire, which can be seen breaking out. 

Description (iconographical)

Part of the Salthouse Sculpture Trail, which was a new venture in 2008 by the North Norfolk Exhibition Project, responsible for the annual July Salthouse Art Exhibitions at St Nicholas. The waymarked paths link the church, Holt, Holt Country Park, and Kelling Heath in a walk of around ten miles, but which can be broken into shorter sections. The Salthouse Sculpture Trail includes a number of temporary works, but NFnnSAT 001-4 includes the first four permanent installations by local artists. The trail was sponsored by Norfolk Country Cottages, Arts & Business East. North Norfolk District Council, Norfolk County Council. On 1 May 1708 the town of Holt was devastated by a fire which destroyed most of the medieval town in the matter of three hours. The fire started at Shirehall plain and quickly spread through the mainly timber framed houses. The church was also badly damaged with its thatched chancel destroyed and the lead melted from the windows with the flames spreading up the steeple. Local reports of the time state that the fire spread so swiftly that the butchers did not have time to rescue their meat from their stalls on the market. The damage to the town was estimated to be in the region of £11,000, a massive amount of money at that time. After the fire the town received many donations from all over the country and the task of reconstruction began. 


Date taken:  11/8/2009
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  11/8/2009

Inspected by:
Richard Cocke

Sources and References

Information from John Millwood,Projects Director NNEP; Wikipedia/Holt accessed 12/08/2009 


Date entered:  12/8/2009

Data inputter:
Richard Cocke