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

Postcode for Heacham: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and well known vacation resort featuring some outstanding beaches, Heacham is found in the county of Norfolk, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the town and port of King's Lynn. Heacham has a populace of about 5,000 occupants and is perhaps most widely known for its historic links with the Indian Pocahontas, who wedded a tobacco planter called John Rolfe, who came from Heacham. Heacham is additionally well known for its fields of lavender, grown by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in nineteen thirty two.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to become fashionable as a sea side resort in the time of the Victorians, simply because of the opening of the train line between Hunstanton and King's Lynn in the 1860s. That resulted in the erection of the Jubilee Bridge in eighteen eighty seven taking the place of the old wooden bridge. The area continues to be well-liked these days as a coastal resort, with both the North Beach and South Beach lined with caravan parks.

The seashores in this area are found on the east shores of The Wash, this means it is one of only a handful of beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets can be seen over the sea instead of over the land.

Heacham's Historical Background: It's most certainly over five thousand yrs since the initial settlers showed up in the region surrounding Heacham, and the unearthing of Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts, gives evidence of this fact. Habitation continued in the area throughout the Iron Age and into Roman times, although it was most probably not until the fifth century that the earliest true village was established there. The name of the village is possibly taken from the title of a Lord during the 1300s, called Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is no strong evidence that this is a fact. Still another theory is, the name originates from the close by River Hitch.

Reported in the Domesday Book of 1086 as being included in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham in those days consisted of one hundred and forty three households (making it fairly sizeable for this time) and the manor belonged to William of Warenne. At the time of the Norman Conquest (1066) the village was ruled by 2 Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was then under the control of Cluniac Monks, right until following the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Duke of Norfolk became Lord of the Manor.

The eldest surviving structure in the village is the St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, built in Norman style and was built in 1230, a bell in the tower is in fact still earlier than this, dating from roughly eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the earliest bells still existing in England. Heacham's village sign and a tablet in the church remind the villagers of the famous ties with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. She was only 22 when she died three years later, nonetheless she provided John with a son, Tom, who later went back to America. Heacham Hall endured for many years but was destroyed by fire in 1941.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in Heacham with a partnership being set up between a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner named Francis Dusgate, with the intention of cultivating and distilling of lavender and associated products. By 1936 there would be a hundred acres under cultivation. Since those early years the enterprise has expanded enormously, and new varieties have been produced. Lavender is currently sold all throughout the world.

The village can be entered via the the A149 and the B1454, it is around 5km (three miles) from Hunstanton, fourteen miles (22km) from King's Lynn, 69 kilometres (43 miles) from Norwich and about 118 miles from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Titchwell Marsh, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, South Beach, Thursford Collection, Church Farm Museum, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Magdalen College Museum, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Kartworld Skegness, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Green Quay, Parrot Zoo, Parrot Sanctuary, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Syderstone Common, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Stubborn Sands, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Extreeme Adventure, Boston Bowl, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Castle Acre Priory, Hunstanton Beach, Captain Kids Adventure World, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Trues Yard Fishing Museum.

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