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    Heacham
    A story that surrounds the early 1600's links this pretty village to the Red Indian Princess, Pochahontas and her romantic marriage to the son of John Rolfe, Lord of the Manor of Heacham. This romantic tale is immortalised forever in the Disney film, Pochahontas.

    The oldest building in the village is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, overlooking the village green.

    The church dates back to 1230 and contains a memorial plaque in honour of Pocahontas, the Native American princess who saved John Smith and married John Rolfe, a 17th century English settler whose home in England was Heacham Hall. The hall itself burned down in 1899, but it is still possible to go fishing in the grounds.

    Heacham is at the heart of Norfolk's Lavender growing industry. In high summer the Landscape here is revitalised with differing shades of Mauve and Purple, and the air is heady with the richly intoxicating aroma of fresh Lavender.

    Heacham is a coastal village with two fine beaches and it is thought that settlers first came here as early as 3.000bc. One imagines the early settlers were drawn to the region because it was central for food, water and the meat to be taken from the thick forest. The settlers came and somehow survived but not a great deal is documented until around the 12th-century when the village appears to have taken it's name from Geoffrey de Hecham.

    There is evidence of passing historic ages, stone age, bronze age, the romans but the most outstanding tribute to Heacham's past is its magnificent Norman church.

    These day's it is the attraction of sun, sea and sand, with the added bonus of glorious field after field of heavenly scented Lavender that makes a trip to this village so worthwhile. Close-by is the Peddars way and Norfolk coast path and there are several interesting RSPB sites.

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