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Heacham Location: Norfolk, East Anglia, Eastern England, United Kingdom.

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (Census 2011)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A village and well known vacation destination boasting some wonderful beaches, Heacham is found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the town and port of King's Lynn. Heacham has a population of approximately four thousand seven hundred people and is probably most widely known for its historic links with the Indian Pocahontas, who wedded a tobacco grower called John Rolfe, who originated from Heacham. Heacham is also well regarded for its fields of lavender, harvested here by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to Heacham in nineteen thirty two.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to become fashionable as a seaside resort in the 19th century, after the establishing of the railway line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton at the beginning of the 1860s. This also led to the Jubilee Bridge being erected in the eighteen eighties replacing an older timber bridge. The village is just as popular today as a tourist resort, with both the South and North Beach replete with caravan sites.

The seashores at Heacham are placed on the eastern shores of The Wash, meaning it's one of the rare beaches in the east of England where the sun sets over the sea instead of over the land.

A History of Heacham: It is almost certainly around five thousand years since the first settlements manifested in the area around Heacham, and the unearthing of Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts, shows evidence of this. Habitation persisted in the area thru the Iron Age and into the times of the Romans, though it was in all probability not till the fifth century that the 1st real village was founded there. The name "Heacham" is quite possibly taken from the title of a local Lord during the 1300s, Geoffrey de Hecham, however there isn't any solid evidence that this is a fact. Still another possibility it was named after the close by River Hitch.

Registered in the Domesday Book (1086) as being part of the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village during that time was made up of 143 households (fairly sizeable for this time) and the manor was controlled by William of Warenne. At the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066 Heacham was ruled by 2 Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was afterwards controlled by a group of Cluniac Monks, until after the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The eldest existing structure in Heacham is the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, built in the Norman style and is dated twelve thirty, one of its bells is actually still earlier than the church itself, dating from around 1100, meaning it is one of the earliest bells still in existence in England. The village sign in addition to a tablet inside the church remind the villagers of the historic ties with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who wedded John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. She was only twenty two when she passed away 3 years later, but she gave birth to a son, Tom, who later on went back to America. The hall endured for many years but was ultimately destroyed by fire in nineteen forty one.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in Heacham with a partnership being arranged involving a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner called Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of producing and processing of lavender and related merchandise. A few years later there were a hundred acres covered in lavender plants. Since then the company has evolved greatly, and fresh new varieties have been reared. The lavender is today sold all over the world.

Heacham can be go to by means of the A149 or the B1454, it is around 3 miles (5 kilometres) from Hunstanton, 22km (14 miles) from Kings Lynn, 69km (43 miles) from Norwich and about 190km (118 miles) from London.

A selection of Heacham streets and roads: Wilton Road, Malthouse Crescent, Rolfe Crescent, The Drift, Gidney Drive, Pine Mall, Davy Place, Gymkhana Way, Ingleby Close, Station Road, South Beach, Pound Lane, Cameron Close, Cross Way, Woodend Road, Joyce Lane, Sandringham Drive, Lynn Road, North Beach, Linn Chilvers Drive, Church Lane, College Drive, St Marys Close, Folgate Road, Collins Lane, Johnson Crescent, Cedar Springs, Sunnyside, Meadow Road, Kenwood Road, Hadley Crescent, Broadway, School Road, Victoria Close, Torrey Close, Jubilee Road, Caius Close, Dix Close, Witton Close, Hunstanton Road, Caley Street, New Row, Neville Road, Staithe Road, Lodge Road, Forest Drive, High Street, Lords Lane, Blatchford Way.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Holkham Hall, Magdalen College Museum, Walsingham Treasure Trail, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Heacham Manor, Green Britain Centre, Lynn Museum, Strikes, Bircham Windmill, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Boston Bowl, Paint Me Ceramics, Wells Beach Leisure, Syderstone Common, Gibraltar Point, Captain Kids Adventure World, Planet Zoom, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Hunstanton Beach, Stubborn Sands, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Jennings Caravan Park, High Tower Shooting School, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Grimston Warren, North Beach, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Natureland Seal Sanctuary.

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