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

Post Code for Heacham: 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 boasting some fantastic beaches, Heacham can be found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton and the large town and port of King's Lynn. Heacham has a resident population of roughly 5,000 inhabitants and is possibly most famous for its association with the Indian native Pocahontas, who married a tobacco grower called John Rolfe, who originated from Heacham. The area is furthermore well regarded for its fields of lavender, nurtured here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they arrived in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham started to get fashionable as a holiday resort in the time of the Victorians, after the arrival of the railway line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton in the eighteen sixties. That resulted in the construction of the Jubilee Bridge in 1887 to replace an older wood bridge. Heacham continues to be well loved today as a tourist resort, with both North and South Beach being dotted with caravan and camping sites.

The shorelines here are placed on the eastern shoreline of The Wash, which means it is one of few beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets can be seen over the sea and not over the land.

The History of Heacham Norfolk: It is in all probability approximately five millenia since the first human settlers turned up in the area close to Heacham, and the uncovering of Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts, shows evidence of this. Settlement continued there throughout the Iron Age and into Roman times, although it was quite likely not till the 5th century when the 1st genuine village was established there. The name is perhaps derived from the title of a Lord during the 1300s, Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is no solid evidence of this. Still another thought it was named after the close by River Hitch.

Recognized in the Domesday Book to be part of the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village during that time contained one hundred and forty three households (making it fairly sizeable for the period) and the manor belonged to William of Warenne. Up until the Norman Conquest the area was ruled by a couple of Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was then under the control of a group of Cluniac Monks, right up until after the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The eldest existing structure in the village is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, built in Norman style and was completed in 1230, one of its bells is in fact even older than the church itself, dating from roughly 1100, meaning it is one of the earliest bells still existing in England. Heacham's village sign plus a tablet inside the church recall the historic ties with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. She was only twenty two when she passed away three years later, though she left behind a son named Tom, who eventually went back to America. The hall endured for many years but was destroyed by fire in 1941.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in the village with a partnership being arranged involving a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner called Francis Dusgate, with the aim of cultivating and processing of lavender and related products. Four years later there would be over one hundred acres being cultivated. Since those early beginnings the company has grown appreciably, and unique types have been propagated. Lavender is these days exported all around the world.

The village can be accessed by way of the A149 and the B1454, it is roughly three miles from Hunstanton, fourteen miles (22km) from Kings Lynn, 43 miles from Norwich and about 190km (118 miles) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Captain Kids Adventure World, Playland Wells, Ringstead Downs, Grimston Warren, Magdalen College Museum, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Parrot Zoo, Megafun Play Centre, Castle Rising Castle, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Fakenham Superbowl, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Old Hunstanton Beach, Bircham Windmill, Green Britain Centre, Boston Bowl, Hunstanton Beach, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, High Tower Shooting School, Church Farm Museum, Scolt Head Island, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Lynn Museum, Strikes, Kids World.

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Provided you appreciated this guide and information to the Norfolk resort of Heacham, then you could maybe find several of our additional village and town websites worth a visit, possibly our website about Wymondham (Norfolk), or even maybe our guide to Kings Lynn. To search these sites, please click on the appropriate village or town name. We hope to see you again some time soon. A few other places to visit in East Anglia include Cromer, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth.