The town is linked to Pocahontas the
Indian Princess and in St. Mary’s Church there is a
memorial carved by a pupil of Rodin (Otillea Wallace) to
the Algonquinn Indian Princess ‘Pocahontas’. In the
memorial Matoaka Rebecka Pocahontas is dressed in the
fashion of the time Jacobean England early 1600s, with a
stylish trilby hat and large neck ruff.
The Royal Estate of Sandringham is eight miles away and the busier seaside resort of Hunstanton with its funfair, indoor swimming pool, sporting facilities and theatre just three miles away. Round the coast birdwatchers will find RSPB Snettisham with its wildlife spectacle of tens of thousands of wading birds.
Pocahontas has been immortalised by Walt Disney. Young Pocahontas saved the life of Captain John Smith by laying her head on his when her father Chief Powhten ordered the Captain to be clubbed to death, she was then only 12 years old. Some seven years later in 1614 she married a John Rolfe of Heacham Hall, who brought his bride back to England . Pocahontas was a social sensation at court with her exotic beauty. Unfortunately she lacked the immunity to the many diseases which where endemic in Jacobean England and she died some three years after her marriage aged 22. She left a son who returned to America and has since been claimed as the ancestor of many a famous family. Heacham Hall was destroyed during the second world war.