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

Post Code for Heacham: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A seaside village and popular holiday resort featuring some superb beaches, Heacham can be found in Norfolk, East Anglia, in between the town of Hunstanton and the large town and port of King's Lynn. Heacham has a populace of approximately 4,700 inhabitants and is probably best known for its association with the Indian native Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco merchant, who originated from Heacham. Heacham is additionally well regarded for its lavender fields, grown by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to the area in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham started to become fashionable as a beach resort in in the mid-nineteenth century, as a consequence of building of the railway line between Hunstanton and King's Lynn in the early eighteen sixties. This culminated in the building of the Jubilee Bridge in the 1880's replacing an ancient wooden bridge. Heacham is just as well loved today as a holiday resort, with both the South Beach and North Beach peppered with caravan and camping parks.

The beach areas here are placed upon the east shores of The Wash, which means it is one of the few beaches in eastern England where sunsets are visible over the sea and not over the land.

Historical Past of Heacham: It's likely around 5 millenia since the 1st human settlements appeared in the area around Heacham, and the finding of Neolithic and Bronze Age relics, shows evidence of this. Human settlement persisted there through the Iron Age and into the Roman period, whilst it was quite possibly not till the fifth century when the earliest actual village was established there. The name is perhaps derived from the name of a local Lord during the twelfth century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, although there is not any reliable evidence of this. An extra thought is that the name originates from the nearby River Hitch.

Described in the Domesday Book of 1086 to be part of the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village at this stage had 143 households (quite sizeable for the times) and the manor came under the control of William of Warenne. At the time of the 1066 Norman Conquest the region was ruled by a pair of Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was thereafter under the control of Cluniac Monks, right up until after the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Duke of Norfolk became Lord of the Manor.

The earliest surviving building in the village is the Saint Mary the Virgin Parish Church, built in Norman style and dates from twelve thirty, a bell in the tower is in fact even earlier, dating from approximately eleven hundred, one of the most ancient bells still in existence in England. The village sign as well as a tablet in the church remind visitors of the historic ties with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who wedded John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas was only twenty two when she died three years later, nonetheless she left behind a son called Tom, he later on returned to America. Heacham Hall survived for centuries but was finally destroyed by fire in the 1940s.

In 1932 Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in the village with a partnership being arranged involving a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and local landowner named Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of producing and processing of lavender and associated products. By 1936 there were a hundred acres being cultivated. Ever since then the company has evolved significantly, and fresh varieties have been propagated. Lavender is today exported all over the world.

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

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Fakenham Superbowl, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Big Kidz Karting, Central Beach Skegness, Butlins - Skegness, Norfolk Lavender, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Jennings Caravan Park, Extreeme Adventure, Parrot Sanctuary, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Castle Acre Priory, Green Quay, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, South Beach, Gibraltar Point, Green Britain Centre, Searles Resort Golf Club, Fuzzy Eds, Snettisham Park, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Magdalen College Museum, Creake Abbey, Kartworld Skegness, Ringstead Downs, High Tower Shooting School, Laser Quest Skegness, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Heacham Manor.

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