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Location of Heacham: Norfolk, East Anglia, Eastern England, UK.

Heacham Postcode: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and popular holiday destination offering some fine beaches, Heacham can be found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the port and town of Kings Lynn. Heacham has a populace of roughly 4,700 people and is perhaps most commonly known for its link with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married a tobacco planter called John Rolfe, who was born in Heacham. The village is additionally reputed for its lavender fields, nurtured here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to become well liked as a beach resort in the mid-19th century, due to the establishing of the rail line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton in the 1860s. That culminated in the Jubilee Bridge being built in the eighteen eighties taking the place of an ancient wooden bridge. The village remains well loved these days as a beach resort, with both South and North Beach lined with caravan parks.

The shorelines at Heacham are located upon the east shoreline of The Wash, which means it's one of the only beaches on the east coast of England where the sun sets over the sea rather than over the land.

Historic Past of Heacham: It is most probably over 5,000 yrs since the earliest settlements occurred in the vicinity surrounding Heacham, and the uncovering of Bronze Age and Neolithic artifacts, gives evidence of this. Human settlement persisted in the area throughout the Iron Age and into the times of the Romans, however it was more than likely not until the 5th century when the 1st genuine village was founded there. The name "Heacham" is supposed to be derived from the name of a Lord during the 1300s, Geoffrey de Hecham, although there is no strong evidence that this is a fact. A different thought is that the name derives from the local River Hitch.

Noted down in the Domesday Book (1086) as being included in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that point in time consisted of 143 households (fairly substantial for the time) and the manor came under the control of William of Warenne. At the time of the Norman Conquest (1066) Heacham was ruled by a pair of Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was afterwards under the control of Cluniac Monks, right until after the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk.

The oldest remaining building in the village is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, which is built in Norman style and was built in twelve thirty, a bell in the tower is actually still earlier, dating from about 1100, making it one of the most ancient bells still existing in England. The village sign and a tablet inside the church remind the villagers of the famous links with the indian princess, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was only twenty two when she died three years later, though she gave birth to a son named Tom, he later went back to America. The hall endured for centuries but was destroyed by fire in nineteen forty one.

In 1932 Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in Heacham with a partnership being set up involving a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of producing and distilling of lavender and associated merchandise. A few years later there was destined to be a hundred acres under cultivation. Ever since these beginnings the business has expanded dramatically, and new varieties have been nurtured. Lavender is nowadays exported all throughout the world.

Heacham can be reached via the the A149 and the B1454, it is roughly 3 miles (5km) from Hunstanton, fourteen miles (22 kilometres) from Kings Lynn, 69 kilometres (43 miles) from Norwich and about 190 kilometres (118 miles) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Sandringham House, Lynn Museum, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Snettisham Park, Strikes, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Magdalen College Museum, North Beach, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Paint Pots, South Beach, Thursford Collection, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Friskney Decoy Wood, Skegness Beach, Laser Quest Skegness, Scolt Head Island, Searles Resort Golf Club, Playland Wells, Planet Zoom, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Kids World, Wells Beach Leisure, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Megafun Play Centre, St James Swimming Centre, Green Britain Centre.

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This info ought to be useful for neighbouring places which include : Hunstanton, Ringstead, Sandringham, Brancaster Staithe, Wolferton, Brancaster, Dersingham, North Wootton, Burnham Market, Old Hunstanton, Holkham, Great Bircham, Thornham, South Creake, Burnham Norton, Appleton, Wells-Next-the-Sea, Ingoldisthorpe, Flitcham, Shernborne, King's Lynn, Docking, West Newton, Hillington, North Creake, Syderstone, Burnham Deepdale, Southgate, Sedgeford, Snettisham. AREA MAP - LOCAL WEATHER

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