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

Heacham Postcode: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and well known vacation resort alongside some outstanding beaches, Heacham is set in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the town of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the large port and town of King's Lynn. The village has a population of about five thousand people and is possibly best known for its association with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married a tobacco planter called John Rolfe, who was born in Heacham. Heacham is additionally well regarded for its fields of lavender, cultivated here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they came to Heacham in 1932.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to get well liked as a coastal resort in Victorian times, mainly because of the establishing of the train line between King's Lynn and Hunstanton at the beginning of the eighteen sixties. This culminated in the Jubilee Bridge being built in 1887 in order to replace an older wood bridge. The area remains favoured nowadays as a seaside resort, with both the North Beach and South Beach being peppered with caravan and camping sites.

The shorelines in this area are located upon the east banks of The Wash, this means that it's one of the few beaches in the east of England where the sun sets over the sea rather than over the land.

Heacham's Historical Past: It's in all probability roughly 5 millenia since the 1st human settlers colonized in the vicinity close to Heacham, the uncovering of Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts, show evidence of this. Settlement continued there thru the Iron Age and into the Roman era, even though it was likely not until the fifth century that the earliest real village was set up there. The name is said to be taken from the title of a Norman Lord during the 12th century, Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is no firm evidence that this is a fact. A further theory is, the name is taken from the close by River Hitch.

Noted in the 1086 Domesday Book to be part of the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that point in time contained 143 households (making it rather sizeable for this time) and the manor was governed by William of Warenne. Up until the Norman Conquest of 1066 the neighborhood was ruled by two Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was subsequently under the control of a group of Cluniac Monks, right up until after the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Duke of Norfolk became Lord of the Manor.

The oldest remaining structure in the village is the St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, built in Norman style and was built in 1230, a bell in the tower is actually still older than the church itself, dating from approximately eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the most ancient bells still existing in England. The village sign as well as a tablet inside the church recount the historic ties with the red indian, Pocahontas who wedded John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. She was just twenty two when she died 3 years later, nevertheless she left a son, Tom, who eventually went back to America. Heacham Hall survived for many years but was destroyed by fire in 1941.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was formed in Heacham with a partnership being created involving nurseryman called Linn Chilvers and local landowner Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of harvesting and distilling of lavender and related merchandise. Four years later there was destined to be one hundred acres being cultivated. Since these beginnings the business has evolved greatly, and brand new types have been nurtured. Lavender is today exported all around the world.

The village can be reached from the the A149 and the B1454, it is approximately 5km (3 miles) from Hunstanton, fourteen miles (22 kilometres) from Kings Lynn, 69km (43 miles) from Norwich and about 118 miles (190 kilometres) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Holkham National Nature Reserve, Sandringham House, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Church Farm Museum, Captain Kids Adventure World, Green Britain Centre, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Snettisham Park, Kartworld Skegness, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, East Winch Common, Snettisham Beach, Wells Beach Leisure, Syderstone Common, Titchwell Marsh, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Holkham Hall, Holkham Beach, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Old Hunstanton Beach, Ringstead Downs, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bircham Windmill, Paint Me Ceramics, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Fuzzy Eds, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Laser Quest Skegness, South Beach.

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