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

Post Code for Heacham: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and popular holiday resort alongside some fine beaches, Heacham is situated in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton and the port and town of King's Lynn. Heacham has a populace of about 4,707 occupants and is perhaps most widely known for its historic ties with the native Indian Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco grower, who was born in Heacham. Heacham is additionally well known for its lavender fields, cultivated by Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they arrived in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to get popular as a seaside resort in in the mid-nineteenth century, after the opening of the railway line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton at the beginning of the eighteen sixties. This also led to the Jubilee Bridge being erected in eighteen eighty seven to replace an ancient wooden bridge. The area is just as well-liked today as a holiday resort, with both North Beach and South Beach peppered with camping and caravan sites.

The shorelines here are set upon the eastern banks of The Wash, this means that it is one of the rare beaches on the east coast of England where the sun sets over the sea and not over the land.

A History of Heacham Norfolk: It's most likely over 5,000 years since the initial settlers turned up in the region near Heacham, the uncovering of Bronze Age and Neolithic artefacts, gives evidence of this. Habitation remained there throughout the Iron Age and into the Roman period, though it was almost certainly not until the fifth century when the first real village was established there. The name "Heacham" is believed to be taken from the name of a local Norman Lord in the twelfth century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, although there isn't any solid evidence of this. An extra theory is, the name was taken from the close by River Hitch.

Recognized in the Domesday Book of 1086 to be within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that time had 143 households (quite big for the period) and the head of the manor was William of Warenne. Up until the Norman Conquest of 1066 the area was overseen by a pair of Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was later under the control of a group of Cluniac Monks, until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The earliest existing structure in the village is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, which was built in the Norman style and was completed in twelve thirty, one of its bells is in fact even earlier, dating from roughly 1100, meaning it is one of the most ancient bells still in existence in England. Heacham's village sign along with a tablet inside the church remind the villagers of the historic ties with the red indian, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas was just 22 when she died three years later, nevertheless she left behind a son named Tom, he subsequently went back to America. The hall survived for centuries but was eventually destroyed by fire in the early 1940s.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in the village with a partnership being arranged between a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and local landowner called Francis Dusgate, with the goal of growing and processing of lavender and associated merchandise. A few years later there was destined to be 100 acres under cultivation. Since those early days the company has grown significantly, and new varieties have been raised. Lavender is currently exported all around the globe.

The village can be reached by means of the A149 or the B1454, it is approximately 3 miles from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22km) from King's Lynn, 43 miles from Norwich and about 118 miles (190km) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Roydon Common, High Tower Shooting School, Lynn Museum, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Brancaster Bay, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Snettisham Beach, Magdalen College Museum, North Beach, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Searles Sea Tours, Strikes, Parrot Sanctuary, Paint Pots, Castle Rising Castle, Captain Kids Adventure World, Skegness Pier, St Georges Guildhall, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Fuzzy Eds, Fantasy Island, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Megafun Play Centre, Titchwell Marsh, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Church Farm Museum.

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Provided that you really enjoyed this guide and tourist info to Heacham, East Anglia, then you may very well find a handful of of our different resort and town guides handy, perhaps our website on Wymondham in Norfolk, or maybe even our website on King's Lynn. To see any of these web sites, please click on the applicable town or resort name. We hope to see you again some time. Some other locations to explore in Norfolk include Wymondham, Cromer and Great Yarmouth.