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

Heacham Postcode: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and popular holiday destination having some exceptional beaches, Heacham is located in Norfolk, East Anglia, in between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the town and port of King's Lynn. Heacham has a population of roughly four thousand seven hundred inhabitants and is probably most famous for its historic connections with the Indian native Pocahontas, who married a tobacco merchant called John Rolfe, who originated from Heacham. The village is furthermore reputed for its fields of lavender, farmed here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they arrived in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to get fashionable as a beach resort in the 19th century, after the arrival of the train line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the 1860s. That resulted in the construction of the Jubilee Bridge in 1887 to replace the old wooden bridge. The area is still popular these days as a coastal resort, with both South and North Beach being lined with caravan sites.

The seashores at this point are placed on the easterly coast of The Wash, this means 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.

The History of Heacham: It's perhaps approximately five thousand yrs since the 1st human settlements appeared in the area near Heacham, the discovery of Bronze Age and Neolithic artefacts, gives evidence of that. Settlement continued there all through the Iron Age and into the Roman era, though it was more than likely not till the fifth century when the earliest genuine village was founded there. The name is said to be taken from the name of a Norman Lord during the 12th century, Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is not any firm evidence that this is the truth. Another possibility it was named after the local River Hitch.

Reported in the Domesday Book as being within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village in those days was made up of one hundred and forty three households (pretty sizeable for the times) and the Lord of the Manor was William of Warenne. Before the Norman Conquest the area was ruled by a couple of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was subsequently governed by Cluniac Monks, until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, when the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk.

The earliest existing structure in Heacham is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, built in Norman style and is dated 1230, one of its bells is in fact still earlier than the church itself, dating from roughly eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the oldest bells still in existence in England. Heacham's village sign along with a tablet in the church record the historic ties with Pocahontas, the red indian princess who wedded John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. She was only twenty two when she died three years later, though she left a son, Tom, who later returned to America. Heacham Hall endured for many years but was destroyed by fire in the 1940s.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was founded in Heacham with a partnership being set up involving a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, to develop the growing and distilling of lavender and associated products. A few years later there were a hundred acres covered in lavender plants. Ever since these beginnings the business has evolved appreciably, and fresh varieties have been raised. The lavender is currently sold all around the world.

The village can be go to by means of the A149 and the B1454, it is roughly 3 miles (5km) from Hunstanton, 22km (14 miles) from King's Lynn, forty three miles from Norwich and about 190km (118 miles) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Castle Acre Priory, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Ringstead Downs, Scolt Head Island, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Skegness Beach, South Beach, Friskney Decoy Wood, Hunstanton Beach, Snettisham Beach, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, St James Swimming Centre, Kartworld Skegness, Captain Kids Adventure World, Thursford Collection, Parrot Zoo, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Houghton Hall, Lynn Museum, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Creake Abbey, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Skegness Pier, Bircham Windmill, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Fakenham Superbowl, Laser Quest Skegness, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool.

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Assuming that you enjoyed this guide and information to the seaside resort of Heacham in Norfolk, then you may well find quite a few of our alternative town and village guides beneficial, maybe our website about Wymondham, or maybe our website about King's Lynn. To see any of these sites, you should just simply click on the specific resort or town name. We hope to see you return before too long. Various other places to travel to in Norfolk include Norwich, Thetford and Great Yarmouth (East Anglia).