News: UPDATE - The next Parish Meeting will be on Friday 24th April 2024, this is the Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Parish Council Meeting.


The name comes from the Saxon heah and leah, meaning a high forest clearing. Once it was the centre of a vast estate. In the reign of King Stephen (1135 -54) it was given to the Gant family, later John of Gant, Duke of Lancaster, (1340 – 99) had a hunting lodge here and later Lord Wharton had a vast estate here and a hunting lodge, Park Hall which is now a farm. In days gone by it had a chapel, Post Office and shop, but is now a sleepy little village that delights visitors with its telephone box which is carpeted and always has fresh flowers displayed in it.

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