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

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and well loved vacation destination featuring some excellent beaches, Heacham is found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the large town and port of Kings Lynn. The village has a population of approximately 5,000 people and is probably best known for its association with the Indian native Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, who originated from Heacham. Heacham is additionally well regarded for its lavender fields, nurtured by Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they arrived in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham started to become known as a seaside resort in the mid-19th century, a result of the arrival of the railway line between King's Lynn and Hunstanton at the start of the 1860s. This also led to the construction of the Jubilee Bridge in the 1880's taking the place of an older wooden bridge. The village remains favoured nowadays as a coastal resort, with both the North Beach and South Beach being peppered with camping and caravan parks.

The beach areas at Heacham are found upon the easterly banks of The Wash, which means it's one of only a handful of beaches in the east of England where the sun sets over the sea and not over the land.

Heritage of Heacham: It is very likely around 5,000 years since the earliest settlers arrived in the area surrounding Heacham, and the discovery of Bronze Age and Neolithic relics, gives evidence of that. Human settlement remained in the area all through the Iron Age and into the times of the Romans, however it was almost certainly not until the 5th century that the first real village was founded there. The name "Heacham" is perhaps taken from the title of a local Norman Lord during the 1300s, Geoffrey de Hecham, although there is not any solid evidence that this is the truth. An extra possibility is that the name is taken from the local River Hitch.

Listed in the Domesday Book as being in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village then was made up of one hundred and forty three households (rather sizeable for this times) and the manor came under the control of William of Warenne. Before the 1066 Norman Conquest this area was controlled by a pair of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was afterwards governed by Cluniac Monks, right up until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, at which time the Duke of Norfolk became Lord of the Manor.

The eldest existing structure in the village is the Saint Mary the Virgin Parish Church, which is built in the Norman style and was built in 1230, a bell in the tower is in truth still earlier than the church itself, dating from around 1100, one of the earliest bells still existing in England. The village sign and a tablet inside the church recount the famous links with Pocahontas, the red indian who wedded John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was just 22 when she died three years later, nonetheless she left behind a son, Tom, he later went back to America. Heacham Hall survived for centuries but was finally destroyed by fire in 1941.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was founded in Heacham with a partnership being set up involving a local nurseryman called Linn Chilvers and local landowner Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of producing and processing of lavender and related products. By 1936 there would be over a hundred acres under cultivation. Since these beginnings the company has grown substantially, and different types have been produced. The lavender is nowadays exported all around the world.

Heacham can be go to by means of the A149 or the B1454, it is roughly three miles (5 kilometres) from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22 kilometres) from Kings Lynn, 43 miles from Norwich and about 118 miles (190km) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Searles Sea Tours, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Fakenham Superbowl, Skegness Pleasure Beach, St James Swimming Centre, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Jennings Caravan Park, Snettisham Beach, Extreeme Adventure, Wells Beach Leisure, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Thursford Collection, Parrot Sanctuary, Fantasy Island, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Butlins - Skegness, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Lynn Museum, Central Beach Skegness, Bircham Windmill, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Big Kidz Karting, Captain Kids Adventure World, Holkham Hall, Fuzzy Eds, Old Hunstanton Beach, Church Farm Stow Bardolph.

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So if you appreciated this guide and information to Heacham, Norfolk, then you could very well find certain of our other town and village guides worth a look, perhaps the website on Wymondham (Norfolk), or possibly the guide to King's Lynn. To check out these websites, click on the appropriate resort or town name. Perhaps we will see you return some time in the near future. Other towns to see in Norfolk include Thetford, Norwich and Great Yarmouth (Norfolk).