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

Post Code for Heacham: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A village and well loved holiday resort next to some excellent beaches, Heacham is found in the county of Norfolk, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the town and port of King's Lynn. Heacham has a population of approximately five thousand inhabitants and is perhaps best known for its links with the native Indian Pocahontas, who wedded a tobacco merchant called John Rolfe, who originated in Heacham. Heacham is also well known for its lavender fields, nurtured here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to get fashionable as a beach resort in the nineteenth century, simply because of the opening of the rail line between King's Lynn and Hunstanton in the early 1860s. That also led to the erection of the Jubilee Bridge in 1887 to take the place of an ancient wood bridge. The village remains well loved today as a beach resort, with both the North Beach and South Beach lined with caravan sites.

The beaches at Heacham are placed upon the easterly shores of The Wash, meaning it is one of the rare beaches in eastern England where sunsets are visible over the sea and not over the land.

Heacham's Historic Past: It's quite possibly roughly 5 millenia since the initial settlers emerged in the area close to Heacham, and the finding of Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts, show evidence of this. Human settlement persisted there through the Iron Age and into the times of the Romans, but it was perhaps not until the fifth century when the 1st actual village was founded there. The name is quite possibly derived from the title of a Norman Lord during the twelfth century, Geoffrey de Hecham, although there is not any compelling evidence that this is a fact. The other thought is that the name is taken from the local River Hitch.

Listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 to be within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village during that time comprised 143 households (quite big for the time) and the manor came under the control of William of Warenne. Prior to the Norman Conquest the area was ruled by 2 Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was then controlled by a group of Cluniac Monks, right until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, when the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The oldest remaining building in the village is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, which is built in the Norman style and was completed in 1230, a bell in the tower is in fact even older, dating from roughly eleven hundred, one of the oldest bells still in existence in England. Heacham's village sign and a tablet in the church recount the historic ties with Pocahontas, the red indian who wedded John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. She was just 22 when she died three years later, however she left a son, Tom, who subsequently returned to America. Heacham Hall survived for centuries but was finally destroyed by fire in 1941.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in the village with a partnership being set up involving local nurseryman named Linn Chilvers and local landowner Francis Dusgate, with the objective of producing and processing of lavender and related products. A few years later there were one hundred acres being cultivated. Since those early beginnings the venture has evolved considerably, and new types have been bred. The lavender is these days sold all throughout the world.

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

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Kids World, Gibraltar Point, Castle Rising Castle, Parrot Zoo, Paint Pots, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Jennings Caravan Park, Syderstone Common, Houghton Hall, Heacham Manor, Big Kidz Karting, Brancaster Bay, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Church Farm Museum, Scolt Head Island, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Roydon Common, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Central Beach Skegness, Fantasy Island, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Magdalen College Museum, Snettisham Park, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sandringham House, Paint Me Ceramics, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Thursford Collection.

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So long as you liked this guide and information to Heacham, East Anglia, then you could potentially find some of our other town and resort guides useful, for instance the website on Wymondham, or maybe even our website on King's Lynn (East Anglia). To go to one or more of these sites, just click the appropriate village or town name. We hope to see you again some time soon. Similar towns and villages to see in Norfolk include Norwich, Thetford and Great Yarmouth.