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

Post Code for Heacham: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A seaside village and well known vacation resort with some awesome beaches, Heacham is found in Norfolk, East Anglia, in between the holiday resort of Hunstanton and the port and town of King's Lynn. The village has a populace of around 4,700 people and is probably best known for its historic connections with the Indian native Pocahontas, who married a tobacco merchant called John Rolfe, who originated from Heacham. Heacham is furthermore well regarded for its lavender fields, farmed here by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to the area in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to be popular as a tourist resort in in the mid-nineteenth century, mainly because of the establishing of the train line between King's Lynn and Hunstanton at the start of the 1860s. This resulted in the erection of the Jubilee Bridge in the 1880's to replace an old wooden bridge. The area remains favoured these days as a seaside resort, with both the North and South Beaches being lined with caravan parks.

The shorelines at this point are placed on the easterly coast of The Wash, therefore it is one of very few beaches in eastern England where sunsets are visible over the sea and not over the land.

Heacham's Historical Past: It is possibly around five thousand yrs since the first human settlers arrived in the vicinity around Heacham, and the finding of Bronze Age and Neolithic relics, show evidence of this. Habitation remained there thru the Iron Age and into the times of the Romans, although it was perhaps not till the fifth century when the first proper village was founded there. The name of the village is believed to be derived from the name of a local Lord of the Manor during the 12th century, Geoffrey de Hecham, though there is not any reliable evidence of this. An additional theory it was named after the nearby River Hitch.

Listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as being within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village during that time had 143 households (making it fairly sizeable for this period) and the Lord of the Manor was William of Warenne. Before the 1066 Norman Conquest the area was controlled by a couple of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was afterwards under the control of a group of Cluniac Monks, until after the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard) became Lord of the Manor.

The earliest existing structure in Heacham is the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, which is built in Norman style and was built in 1230, one of its bells is in fact even earlier, dating from about eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the earliest bells still in existence in England. The village sign in addition to a tablet within the church recall the historic ties with Pocahontas, the indian princess who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas was only 22 when she died 3 years later, but she produced a son, Tom, who eventually returned to America. Heacham Hall survived for many years but was eventually destroyed by fire during the Second World War.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in Heacham with a partnership being created involving a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner named Francis Dusgate, with the aim of cultivating and processing of lavender and related merchandise. Four years later there were 100 acres being cultivated. Ever since those early beginnings the business has grown appreciably, and new varieties have been raised. The lavender is now exported all throughout the world.

Heacham can be go to via the the A149 and the B1454, it is around 3 miles (5km) from Hunstanton, fourteen miles from King's Lynn, 69 kilometres (43 miles) from Norwich and about 118 miles (190 kilometres) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Holkham National Nature Reserve, Gibraltar Point, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Skegness Beach, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Heacham Manor, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Green Quay, Wells Beach Leisure, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Strikes, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Sandringham House, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Church Farm Museum, Fakenham Superbowl, Parrot Zoo, Castle Acre Priory, Scolt Head Island, Holkham Hall, Brancaster Bay, Searles Resort Golf Club, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Bircham Windmill, Green Britain Centre, South Beach, Central Beach Skegness.

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Assuming you enjoyed this guide and tourist info to the seaside resort of Heacham, then you might very well find several of our other town and village guides handy, for instance our website about Wymondham, or even maybe our website on Kings Lynn (Norfolk). If you would like to browse any of these websites, click on on the specific town name. Maybe we will see you again in the near future. Other towns and villages to explore in Norfolk include Sheringham, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth (East Anglia).