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

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

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

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A coastal village and well loved holiday destination featuring some fine beaches, Heacham is found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the resort of Hunstanton and the port and town of Kings Lynn. The village has a population of approximately 4,707 occupants and is possibly most recognized for its connection with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, who was born in Heacham. The village is additionally well regarded for its fields of lavender, cultivated here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they came to the area in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham began to be well liked as a seaside resort in the time of the Victorians, after the opening of the rail line between Hunstanton and King's Lynn in the 1860s. This also led to the Jubilee Bridge being constructed in eighteen eighty seven to take the place of an olden wood bridge. The village is just as favoured today as a holiday resort, with both South Beach and North Beach being peppered with caravan sites.

The shorelines at Heacham are positioned upon the eastern banks of The Wash, which means it is one of the few beaches in eastern England where sunsets can be seen over the sea instead of over the land.

Heacham's History: It's probably around 5 millenia since the earliest human settlements manifested in the area surrounding Heacham, and the discovery of Neolithic and Bronze Age relics, shows evidence of that. Human settlement remained in the area through the Iron Age and into the Roman era, but it was in all likelihood not until the fifth century that the earliest genuine village was established there. The name of the village is claimed to be derived from the name of a local Lord of the Manor during the 12th century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, although there is not any firm evidence that this is true. An additional theory is that the name comes from the nearby River Hitch.

Recognized in the Domesday Book (1086) to be in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham in those days consisted of one hundred and forty three households (rather sizeable for the time) and the Lord of the Manor was William of Warenne. Before the Norman Conquest of 1066 the neighborhood was ruled by two Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was afterwards controlled by Cluniac Monks, right until following the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk.

The eldest surviving structure in Heacham is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, built in the Norman style and is dated 1230, a bell in the tower is actually even earlier, dating from around 1100, meaning it is one of the oldest bells still existing in England. Heacham's village sign and a tablet inside the church remind the villagers of the famous ties with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who wedded John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas was only twenty two when she died three years later, still she left a son named Tom, he later on went back to America. Heacham Hall survived for many years but was eventually destroyed by fire during the Second World War.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in the village with a partnership being arranged involving a local nurseryman named Linn Chilvers and a landowner named Francis Dusgate, to develop the producing and distilling of lavender and associated products. By 1936 there would be over 100 acres being cultivated. Since these beginnings the enterprise has evolved appreciably, and unique varieties have been bred. Lavender is these days exported all around the globe.

The village can be entered by way of the A149 and the B1454, it is around three miles from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22km) from King's Lynn, 69km (43 miles) from Norwich and about 118 miles from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Holkham Hall, Kids World, Fantasy Island, Playland Wells, Holkham Beach, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Butlins - Skegness, Hunstanton Beach, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Castle Acre Priory, Green Britain Centre, High Tower Shooting School, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Searles Leisure Resort, Paint Pots, Heacham Manor, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Castle Rising Castle, Magdalen College Museum, Central Beach Skegness, Laser Quest Skegness, Kartworld Skegness, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Syderstone Common, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Megafun Play Centre, St James Swimming Centre, Playtowers.

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