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

Postcode for Heacham: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (Census 2011)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A seaside village and well loved vacation resort having some excellent beaches, Heacham is found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the town of Hunstanton and the port and town of Kings Lynn. Heacham has a populace of roughly four thousand seven hundred inhabitants and is probably best known for its historic connections with the Indian native Pocahontas, who wedded a tobacco merchant called John Rolfe, who came from Heacham. Heacham is furthermore widely known for its fields of lavender, nurtured by Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they came to the area in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham began to get fashionable as a tourist resort in in the mid-nineteenth century, simply because of the coming of the railway line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the early eighteen sixties. That also led to the Jubilee Bridge being constructed in 1887 taking the place of an ancient wood bridge. Heacham still is popular today as a beach resort, with both South Beach and North Beach dotted with camping and caravan sites.

The seashores in this area are located on the easterly coast of The Wash, which means it's one of the rare beaches in the east of England where the sun sets over the sea as opposed to over the land.

Heacham's Historic Past: It is undoubtedly over 5 millenia since the 1st human settlements manifested in the vicinity close to Heacham, and the unearthing of Neolithic and Bronze Age relics, gives evidence of this fact. Human settlement continued there thru the Iron Age and into the Roman era, although it was very likely not until the 5th century when the first actual village was set up there. The name is quite possibly derived from the name of a Lord of the Manor during the twelfth century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, although there is not any strong evidence that this is the truth. Still another thought is that the name is derived from the local River Hitch.

Documented in the Domesday Book to be within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that stage comprised one hundred and forty three households (making it pretty large for this times) and the manor was controlled by William of Warenne. Before the Norman Conquest of 1066 the region was ruled by a pair of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was subsequently controlled by a group of Cluniac Monks, right until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, at which time the Duke of Norfolk became Lord of the Manor.

The earliest surviving building in the village is the Saint Mary the Virgin Parish Church, built in the Norman style and dates from twelve thirty, one of its bells is in fact even older, dating from approximately 1100, making it one of the oldest bells still surviving in England. The village sign together with a tablet inside the church remind the villagers of the famous ties with the red indian, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was only 22 when she died three years later, nonetheless she gave birth to a son named Tom, he subsequently returned to America. Heacham Hall survived for many years but was destroyed by fire in the 1940s.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in Heacham with a partnership being arranged between local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, to develop the cultivating and distilling of lavender and associated products. Four years later there was destined to be 100 acres under cultivation. Since then the company has expanded enormously, and fresh new varieties have been produced. The lavender is today sold all throughout the world.

Heacham can be accessed from the the A149 or the B1454, it is roughly 3 miles (5 kilometres) from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22km) from Kings Lynn, 43 miles (69 kilometres) from Norwich and about 118 miles from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Old Hunstanton Beach, Magdalen College Museum, Church Farm Museum, Megafun Play Centre, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Searles Sea Tours, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Holkham Hall, Roydon Common, Boston Bowl, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Paint Pots, Thursford Collection, St James Swimming Centre, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Holkham Beach, Houghton Hall, Fuzzy Eds, Parrot Sanctuary, Skegness Pier, Big Kidz Karting, Snettisham Beach, Searles Leisure Resort, Titchwell Marsh, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Captain Kids Adventure World, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Skegness Beach, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.

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This info ought to be pertinent for adjacent towns and villages that include : Brancaster, North Creake, Snettisham, Appleton, Great Bircham, West Newton, Burnham Market, Flitcham, Burnham Norton, Ingoldisthorpe, Hillington, Thornham, Dersingham, Southgate, King's Lynn, South Creake, Holkham, Syderstone, Wolferton, Wells-Next-the-Sea, Brancaster Staithe, Shernborne, Old Hunstanton, Sandringham, North Wootton, Docking, Ringstead, Hunstanton, Burnham Deepdale, Sedgeford. LOCAL MAP - WEATHER FORECAST

Assuming that you was pleased with this guide and tourist info to Heacham, East Anglia, then you might very well find quite a few of our alternative town and village guides worth a visit, possibly our website about Wymondham in Norfolk, or possibly our website about Kings Lynn. To check out these sites, simply click on the specific village or town name. Hopefully we will see you back some time in the near future. Alternative towns and cities to see in Norfolk include Cromer, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth.