Pulham is a dispersed and largely modern village located in the rich dairying country of the Blackmore Vale, with the church and its Georgian rectory stand apart from the village proper. The church of St. Thomas Becket dates largely from the 15th century with good 16th century gargoyles reset in the parapet. Inside it is mostly Tudor with fine corbels at the western end exhibiting a slight Renaissance influence. The superb 15th century niche in the chancel is not however in its original position. Parts of the north and south aisles were rebuilt in the 19th century. The font is Norman and the porch Tudor.

The area has a long history as was dramatically brought home to local farmer Simon Drake, who was planting his 187 acre farm in Pulham with a species of barley called "Golden Promise" when he got the surprise of his life. Shinning in the sunlight was a gold coin, still partially hidden by a lump of earth. Previously, he had spent years looking for a legendary treasure, hidden long ago on his parent's land, but never ever found a trace of it. He immediately began searching the area with his metal detector finding over 100 gold coins which had been buried in a now broken 15th century piece of pottery. These coins were half-nobles, and nobles dating from the reign of Henry V, Henry VI and Edward III. English monarchs during the 14th and 15th centuries. Since most of the coins were in perfect condition, experts believe that some of these may be rare examples of great value. Only a few of the coins showed light damage, caused by farm implements that broke the pottery container and scattered them about.

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