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Location of Heacham: Norfolk, East of England, 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 destination alongside some great beaches, Heacham is found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the town and port of Kings Lynn. The village has a resident population of around four thousand seven hundred people and is possibly best known for its link with the native Indian Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco merchant, who originated in Heacham. The village is additionally known for its fields of lavender, harvested here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to the area in 1932.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to get well liked as a coastal resort in the time of the Victorians, with the arrival of the railway line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton at the start of the eighteen sixties. This resulted in the Jubilee Bridge being built in the 1880's taking the place of an older timber bridge. The village remains favoured today as a coastal resort, with both the North and South Beaches dotted with caravan parks.

The beach areas at this point are set on the east coast of The Wash, consequently it is one of the few beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets can be seen over the sea rather than over the land.

Heacham's Historical Background: It's undoubtedly around five thousand years since the first settlements materialized in the region close to Heacham, and the finding of Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts, shows evidence of this. Habitation remained in the area all through the Iron Age and into Roman times, but it was likely not till the 5th century when the 1st proper village was founded there. The name "Heacham" is perhaps taken from the title of a local Norman Lord during the 12th century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, however there is not any solid evidence that this is true. The other possibility is, the name derives from the local River Hitch.

Reported in the Domesday Book of 1086 to be within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village at this stage consisted of 143 households (making it quite large for this time) and the Lord of the Manor was William of Warenne. Prior to the 1066 Norman Conquest the neighborhood was ruled by two Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was then under the control of Cluniac Monks, right until following the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard) became Lord of the Manor.

The oldest existing structure in the village is the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, built in Norman style and was built in twelve thirty, one of its bells is believe it or not even earlier than the church itself, dating from about 1100, making it one of the earliest bells still surviving in England. The village sign plus a tablet inside the church recall the historic ties with Pocahontas, the indian princess who wedded John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was only 22 when she passed away three years later, nonetheless she produced a son named Tom, he later on returned to America. Heacham Hall survived for centuries but was eventually destroyed by fire in nineteen forty one.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in the village with a partnership being arranged between local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, to develop the cultivating and processing of lavender and related products. A few years later there would be one hundred acres covered in lavender plants. Ever since those early times the company has expanded appreciably, and unique types have been raised. The lavender is these days exported all throughout the world.

The village can be accessed via the the A149 and the B1454, it is approximately 3 miles (5 kilometres) from Hunstanton, 22 kilometres (14 miles) from King's Lynn, 43 miles (69km) from Norwich and about 118 miles (190km) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Gibraltar Point, Big Kidz Karting, Paint Me Ceramics, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Snettisham Beach, Planet Zoom, Laser Quest Skegness, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Walsingham Treasure Trail, East Winch Common, Strikes, Castle Rising Castle, St James Swimming Centre, Searles Resort Golf Club, North Beach, Skegness Pier, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Brancaster Bay, Ringstead Downs, Castle Acre Priory, Magdalen College Museum, Norfolk Lavender, Paint Pots, Kids World, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Syderstone Common, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Scolt Head Island, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park.

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Assuming that you appreciated this tourist info and guide to Heacham in Norfolk, then you could potentially find quite a few of our other town and resort guides worth viewing, for example the guide to Wymondham in South Norfolk, or possibly our website about Kings Lynn. To go to one or more of these web sites, simply click the applicable village or town name. Maybe we will see you back in the near future. Different spots to visit in East Anglia include Thetford, Norwich and Great Yarmouth.