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Heacham Location: Norfolk, Eastern England, Eastern England, UK.

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A village and popular holiday destination having some fine beaches, Heacham is found in the county of Norfolk, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the port and town of Kings Lynn. The village has a populace of roughly 4,707 occupants and is probably best known for its connection with the Indian native Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, who was born in Heacham. The area is also known for its lavender fields, nurtured here by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to the village in 1932.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham started to get popular as a tourist resort in in the mid-nineteenth century, as a consequence of opening of the rail line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the early 1860s. This also led to the Jubilee Bridge being erected in eighteen eighty seven to take the place of an older wood bridge. Heacham is still well-liked nowadays as a beach resort, with both the South and North Beach being dotted with caravan parks.

The seashores at this point are placed on the eastern coast of The Wash, therefore it is one of the rare beaches in the east of England where sunsets can be seen over the sea and not over the land.

The Story of Heacham Norfolk: It's in all likelihood roughly 5 millenia since the 1st settlements manifested in the region near Heacham, and the unearthing of Bronze Age and Neolithic artefacts, show evidence of that. Habitation persisted there throughout the Iron Age and into Roman times, however it was almost certainly not until the 5th 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 12th century, Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is no compelling evidence that this is the truth. A second explanation it was named after the nearby River Hitch.

Reported in the Domesday Book as being within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village during those times supported 143 households (making it fairly sizeable for the times) and the manor was owned by William of Warenne. Before the Norman Conquest the area was ruled by 2 Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was later under the control of Cluniac Monks, right until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, at which time the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard) became Lord of the Manor.

The eldest existing structure in Heacham is the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, which is built in the Norman style and was built in 1230, one of its bells is in truth even earlier, dating from about eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the earliest bells still existing in England. The village sign and also a tablet in the church recount the historic links with the indian princess, Pocahontas who wedded John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas was only 22 when she died three years later, nevertheless she provided John with a son, Tom, he subsequently went back to America. The hall survived for many years but was eventually destroyed by fire in 1941.

In 1932 Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in Heacham with a partnership being arranged involving a local nurseryman called Linn Chilvers and local landowner called Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of harvesting and distilling of lavender and associated merchandise. A few years later there would be 100 acres under cultivation. Ever since these beginnings the enterprise has expanded significantly, and newer types have been nurtured. Lavender is now exported all around the world.

The village can be entered by way of the A149 or the B1454, it is roughly 3 miles from Hunstanton, 22 kilometres (14 miles) from Kings Lynn, 69km (43 miles) from Norwich and about 118 miles from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Holkham Beach, South Beach, Searles Resort Golf Club, Laser Quest Skegness, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Castle Rising Castle, Hunstanton Beach, Castle Acre Priory, Kids World, Central Beach Skegness, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Boston Bowl, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Ringstead Downs, Fantasy Island, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Thursford Collection, Syderstone Common, Bircham Windmill, Searles Leisure Resort, Green Britain Centre, High Tower Shooting School, Skegness Beach, Paint Me Ceramics, Friskney Decoy Wood, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Butlins - Skegness, Church Farm Stow Bardolph.

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So if you enjoyed this tourist information and review to the East Anglia resort town of Heacham, then you could likely find a few of our other village and town websites useful, maybe the website on Wymondham, or maybe even the guide to King's Lynn. To see these websites, simply click on the applicable resort or town name. We hope to see you return soon. Different towns and villages to visit in East Anglia include Cromer, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth.