The History of Heacham Manor Hotel, North Norfolk

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The History

Heacham Manor was built in 1580, during the reign of Elizabeth I

It is reputed to have been the home of a ‘cell’ of monks of the Cluniac Order, who swore allegiance to the Abbot of Cluny, in Burgundy.

Over the years the manor became the main house for a local farm, whose occupants and farm managers included the families of the famous explorer Robin Hanbury Tenison and legendary cricketer Bill Edrich. Denis Compton is rumoured to have bowled at Bill on the lawn. The longstanding Norfolk Edrich family was so big and sporting they had their own cricket eleven.


The Legend

Perhaps the most famous visitor to the Manor was Pocahontas, the Indian princess who came to England in 1616 with her husband John Rolfe, whose family owned Heacham Hall, a few hundred yards away.

Local myth has it that Pocahontas planted the mulberry tree in the garden, no doubt with a seed brought from America… But factual proof is non-existent.