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

Heacham Postcode: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A seaside village and well known holiday resort with some great beaches, Heacham is situated in the county of Norfolk, in between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the port and town of Kings Lynn. The village has a population of around 4,707 people and is probably best known for its association with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe, a tobacco merchant, who originated in Heacham. The village is additionally reputed for its fields of lavender, harvested here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they arrived in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to become known as a holiday resort in the mid-19th century, mainly because of the building of the train line between Hunstanton and King's Lynn in the 1860s. This resulted in the Jubilee Bridge being constructed in the eighteen eighties replacing an old wooden bridge. Heacham is still favoured these days as a tourist resort, with both North and South Beaches replete with camping and caravan sites.

The shorelines here are found on the eastern banks of The Wash, meaning it's one of the rare beaches on the east coast of England where the sun sets over the sea and not over the land.

Historic Past of Heacham: It's quite likely more than 5,000 yrs since the 1st human settlements appeared in the vicinity close to Heacham, and the discovery of Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts, shows evidence of that. Settlement persisted there throughout the Iron Age and into the Roman era, but it was quite possibly not until the 5th century that the 1st actual village was established there. The name of the village is quite possibly derived from the title of a Lord of the Manor in the 1300s, Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is no firm evidence that this is the truth. Still another theory it was named after the local River Hitch.

Listed in the Domesday Book (1086) as being within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that time included 143 households (pretty substantial for the period) and the Lord of the Manor was William of Warenne. Up until the Norman Conquest of 1066 the neighbourhood was ruled by a couple of Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was subsequently controlled by Cluniac Monks, right up until after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Duke of Norfolk became Lord of the Manor.

The most ancient surviving structure in Heacham is the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, built in Norman style and was built in twelve thirty, one of its bells is actually still earlier than this, dating from roughly 1100, making it one of the most ancient bells still existing in England. The village sign plus a tablet within the church remind the villagers of the historic links with Pocahontas, the indian princess who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. She was just twenty two when she died three years later, nonetheless she gave birth to a son, Tom, he later on returned to America. The hall survived for many years but was finally destroyed by fire in the 1940s.

In 1932 Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in Heacham with a partnership being arranged involving local nurseryman named Linn Chilvers and local landowner Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of cultivating and distilling of lavender and related products. By 1936 there was destined to be one hundred acres under cultivation. Ever since then the enterprise has expanded considerably, and brand new varieties have been reared. The lavender is now sold all over the world.

Heacham can be accessed via the the A149 or the B1454, it is roughly 5 kilometres (3 miles) from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22km) from King's Lynn, 43 miles (69 kilometres) from Norwich and about 190km (118 miles) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Snettisham Park, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Ringstead Downs, Playtowers, Paint Pots, Wells Beach Leisure, Green Britain Centre, Searles Sea Tours, Extreeme Adventure, Heacham Manor, Parrot Sanctuary, Castle Rising Castle, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Big Kidz Karting, Fantasy Island, Houghton Hall, Butlins - Skegness, Church Farm Museum, Kids World, Searles Resort Golf Club, Kartworld Skegness, Lynn Museum, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Grimston Warren, Searles Leisure Resort, Gibraltar Point, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Captain Kids Adventure World, Roydon Common, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Skegness Pier.

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