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

Heacham Postcode: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (Census 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A coastal village and popular holiday destination boasting some wonderful beaches, Heacham can be found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the town of Hunstanton and the port and town of Kings Lynn. The village has a populace of around 4,707 people and is possibly most famous for its connection with the Indian Pocahontas, who wedded a tobacco merchant called John Rolfe, who came from Heacham. The area is also known for its lavender fields, grown here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they arrived in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham started to become well liked as a coastal resort in in the mid-nineteenth century, a result of the arrival of the train line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the early 1860s. This culminated in the Jubilee Bridge being constructed in the 1880's in order to replace an ancient wood bridge. The village is just as well-liked today as a coastal resort, with both North and South Beach being replete with caravan and camping sites.

The beach areas at this point are placed upon the east banks of The Wash, which means it's one of few beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets are visible over the sea instead of over the land.

Historical Background of Heacham: It's perhaps approximately five thousand yrs since the 1st settlers showed up in the vicinity near Heacham, and the unearthing of Bronze Age and Neolithic relics, shows evidence of that. Settlement persisted there throughout the Iron Age and into the times of the Romans, but it was very likely not till the 5th century when the earliest actual village was founded there. The name "Heacham" is perhaps taken from the name of a Lord of the Manor in the 12th century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there isn't any strong evidence of this. A second idea is, the name derives from the local River Hitch.

Listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 to be in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that stage supported one hundred and forty three households (making it rather substantial for the time) and the manor belonged to William of Warenne. Up until the Norman Conquest (1066) this area was overseen by a couple of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was thereafter governed by a group of Cluniac Monks, right up until after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, at which time the Duke of Norfolk became Lord of the Manor.

The most ancient surviving building in Heacham is the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, which was built in Norman style and was built in 1230, one of its bells is in truth even older than the church itself, dating from roughly 1100, one of the oldest bells still surviving in England. The village sign as well as a tablet inside the church record the famous ties with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. She was just 22 when she died three years later, still she left behind a son, Tom, he later went back to America. Heacham Hall endured for centuries but was destroyed by fire in the early 1940s.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in Heacham with a partnership being set up between a local nurseryman named Linn Chilvers and local landowner named Francis Dusgate, to develop the growing and distilling of lavender and related merchandise. In 1936 there were 100 acres under cultivation. Since these beginnings the business has evolved appreciably, and unique varieties have been raised. Lavender is now exported all around the globe.

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

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Captain Kids Adventure World, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Planet Zoom, Laser Quest Skegness, Boston Bowl, Houghton Hall, Kids World, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, East Winch Common, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Ringstead Downs, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Skegness Pier, Brancaster Bay, Searles Sea Tours, Extreeme Adventure, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Central Beach Skegness, St James Swimming Centre, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Playtowers, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Wells Beach Leisure, Lynn Museum, Megafun Play Centre, Fantasy Island, High Tower Shooting School, Skegness Beach.

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If you liked this tourist information and guide to the holiday resort of Heacham in Norfolk, then you might find several of our different resort and town guides worth looking over, possibly the guide to Wymondham in Norfolk, or perhaps even our website on King's Lynn. To search one or more of these sites, please click on the specific town or village name. With luck we will see you back some time. Some other areas to see in East Anglia include Wymondham, Swaffham and Great Yarmouth (East Anglia).