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

Post Code for Heacham: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and well known holiday destination with some superb beaches, Heacham is positioned in Norfolk, East Anglia, in between the resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the large town and port of King's Lynn. The village has a resident population of roughly 4,707 occupants and is possibly best known for its connection with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married a tobacco planter called John Rolfe, who was born in Heacham. Heacham is also well known for its lavender fields, grown here by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to Heacham in 1932.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to get known as a seaside resort in the time of the Victorians, due to the coming of the railway line between Hunstanton and King's Lynn in the 1860s. That resulted in the erection of the Jubilee Bridge in the 1880's to take the place of the old timber bridge. The area remains well loved these days as a beach resort, with both the South and North Beaches being replete with caravan and camping parks.

The shorelines here are located on the eastern shoreline of The Wash, therefore it is one of the only beaches in the east of England where sunsets can be seen over the sea and not over the land.

Historical Background of Heacham: It's most certainly roughly five millenia since the earliest human settlers arrived in the area around Heacham, and the discovery of Bronze Age and Neolithic artefacts, show evidence of this. Settlement persisted in the area through the Iron Age and into the Roman era, but it was more than likely not until the fifth century that the first proper village was established there. The name of the village is said to be taken from the title of a local Norman Lord during the twelfth century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there isn't any compelling evidence that this is a fact. The other thought is that the name derives from the local River Hitch.

Described in the Domesday Book to be part of the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village at that stage was made up of one hundred and forty three households (quite sizeable for the time) and the manor was controlled by William of Warenne. Before the Norman Conquest (1066) Heacham was overseen by a pair of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was thereafter controlled by Cluniac Monks, until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard) became Lord of the Manor.

The oldest surviving structure in the village is the St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, which is built in Norman style and was completed in 1230, one of its bells is believe it or not even older, dating from around eleven hundred, one of the earliest bells still surviving in England. Heacham's village sign and also a tablet within the church remind visitors of the famous links with Pocahontas, the indian princess who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas was just twenty two when she died 3 years later, still she left a son named Tom, he eventually went back to America. The hall survived for centuries but was finally destroyed by fire in the 1940s.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in the village with a partnership being arranged between nurseryman named Linn Chilvers and local landowner Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of harvesting and processing of lavender and related products. By 1936 there were 100 acres under cultivation. Ever since those early beginnings the company has grown significantly, and unique types have been bred. Lavender is currently exported all around the globe.

Heacham can be accessed by means of the A149 and the B1454, it is about three miles (5km) from Hunstanton, fourteen miles (22 kilometres) from Kings Lynn, 43 miles (69km) from Norwich and about 118 miles (190km) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Gibraltar Point, North Beach, Castle Rising Castle, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Old Hunstanton Beach, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Big Kidz Karting, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Creake Abbey, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Scolt Head Island, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Searles Resort Golf Club, Fantasy Island, Strikes, Lynn Museum, Skegness Pier, Titchwell Marsh, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Syderstone Common, Boston Bowl, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Playtowers, Butlins - Skegness, Parrot Zoo, Green Quay, Kids World, Jennings Caravan Park, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Sandringham House.

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Assuming you was pleased with this guide and tourist info to the East Anglia resort town of Heacham, then you could very well find quite a few of our additional resort and town guides invaluable, perhaps our website on Wymondham (Norfolk), or perhaps also our guide to Kings Lynn. To check out any of these web sites, just click the specific town name. Perhaps we will see you return in the near future. Several other towns to explore in Norfolk include Swaffham, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth.