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Heacham Location: Norfolk, East Anglia, England, UK.

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and popular holiday destination having some excellent beaches, Heacham can be found in the county of Norfolk, between the resort of Hunstanton and the port and town of Kings Lynn. Heacham has a resident population of roughly 5,000 occupants and is possibly most commonly known for its association with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married a tobacco merchant called John Rolfe, who originated in Heacham. The village is additionally widely known for its lavender fields, farmed here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they came to the area in 1932.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to become known as a coastal resort in the time of the Victorians, mainly because of the building of the railway line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the early eighteen sixties. That also led to the Jubilee Bridge being constructed in the 1880's taking the place of an ancient wood bridge. Heacham remains popular these days as a seaside resort, with both North and South Beach being replete with caravan parks.

The beaches at Heacham are situated on the easterly shores of The Wash, which means it's one of the few beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets are visible over the sea rather than over the land.

The Historical Past of Heacham: It's most certainly around 5 millenia since the first settlements appeared in the region surrounding Heacham, the uncovering of Neolithic and Bronze Age relics, show evidence of this fact. Human settlement persisted there throughout the Iron Age and into the Roman era, although it was probably not till the 5th century when the earliest genuine village was founded there. The name "Heacham" is perhaps taken from the title of a local Norman Lord in the 12th century, Geoffrey de Hecham, however there is no strong evidence of this. A further explanation is that the name is derived from the close by River Hitch.

Noted down in the Domesday Book (1086) as being in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that time supported 143 households (making it pretty big for this period) and the manor was owned by William of Warenne. Prior to the Norman Conquest (1066) the region was overseen by a couple of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was afterwards under the control of Cluniac Monks, until after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The eldest existing structure in the village is the St Mary the Virgin Church, built in the Norman style and was built in 1230, a bell in the tower is in fact even earlier than the church itself, dating from approximately 1100, meaning it is one of the most ancient bells still existing in England. The village sign and a tablet inside the church remind visitors of the historic ties with Pocahontas, the indian princess who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas was just 22 when she passed away 3 years later, nevertheless she left behind a son named Tom, who subsequently returned to America. The 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 local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of cultivating and distilling of lavender and associated products. Four years later there would be over a hundred acres under cultivation. Since then the business has expanded significantly, and different varieties have been raised. Lavender is today exported all throughout the world.

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

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Wells Beach Leisure, St James Swimming Centre, East Winch Common, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Playtowers, Paint Me Ceramics, Stubborn Sands, Fuzzy Eds, Green Quay, Brancaster Bay, Jennings Caravan Park, North Beach, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Kartworld Skegness, Megafun Play Centre, Houghton Hall, Roydon Common, Grimston Warren, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Church Farm Museum, Bircham Windmill, Heacham Manor, Big Kidz Karting, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Central Beach Skegness, Holkham Hall, Friskney Decoy Wood, Snettisham Park.

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The above data ought to be relevant for adjacent villages most notably : Wells-Next-the-Sea, Docking, South Creake, West Newton, Hunstanton, Burnham Deepdale, Holkham, Ingoldisthorpe, North Creake, Syderstone, Great Bircham, Brancaster, North Wootton, Sedgeford, Hillington, King's Lynn, Brancaster Staithe, Dersingham, Sandringham, Shernborne, Thornham, Appleton, Snettisham, Flitcham, Burnham Market, Ringstead, Wolferton, Southgate, Old Hunstanton, Burnham Norton. STREET MAP - AREA WEATHER

If you enjoyed this tourist information and guide to Heacham, East Anglia, then you could very well find various of our alternative village and town guides useful, maybe our website on Wymondham, or perhaps also our guide to King's Lynn. To go to one or more of these web sites, click on on the appropriate village or town name. Hopefully we will see you again before too long. Similar towns and villages to see in East Anglia include Wymondham, Swaffham and Great Yarmouth.