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

Post Code for Heacham: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A coastal village and well known holiday destination with some great beaches, Heacham is found in the county of Norfolk, between the town of Hunstanton and the large town and port of Kings Lynn. The village has a resident population of roughly four thousand seven hundred inhabitants and is perhaps best known for its link with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married a tobacco planter called John Rolfe, who was born in Heacham. The village is additionally reputed for its fields of lavender, farmed here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to the area in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to become known as a sea side resort in the time of the Victorians, just after the coming of the railway line between King's Lynn and Hunstanton in the early 1860s. That resulted in the Jubilee Bridge being erected in the 1880's replacing the old wood bridge. Heacham continues to be well loved these days as a seaside resort, with both the North and South Beaches peppered with caravan parks.

The seashores at this point are located upon the east shores of The Wash, this means it's one of only a handful of beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets can be seen over the sea as opposed to over the land.

Heacham's History: It's very likely roughly five millenia since the first human settlements occurred in the area surrounding Heacham, and the unearthing of Bronze Age and Neolithic artefacts, shows evidence of this. Settlement continued there all through the Iron Age and into Roman times, however it was possibly not till the fifth century when the first true village was set up there. The name of the village is said to be derived from the title of a Norman Lord during the 12th century, Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there isn't any compelling evidence that this is true. A further theory it was named after the nearby River Hitch.

Noted down in the Domesday Book as being in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village then comprised one hundred and forty three households (rather big for the times) and the manor was controlled by William of Warenne. At the time of the 1066 Norman Conquest Heacham was overseen by a pair of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was then controlled by Cluniac Monks, right until after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Duke of Norfolk became Lord of the Manor.

The eldest surviving structure in Heacham is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, which is built in the Norman style and is dated 1230, a bell in the tower is actually still earlier, dating from roughly 1100, one of the earliest bells still existing in England. The village sign and a tablet inside the church remind visitors of the historic ties with Pocahontas, the red indian princess who wedded John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. She was only twenty two when she died 3 years later, but she provided John with a son, Tom, who later on went back to America. Heacham Hall endured for many years but was eventually destroyed by fire in 1941.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in the village with a partnership being arranged involving local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, to develop the producing and distilling of lavender and related products. In 1936 there would be a hundred acres covered in lavender plants. Since those early beginnings the business has expanded greatly, and different varieties have been nurtured. The lavender is now exported all around the globe.

The village can be reached via the the A149 and the B1454, it is roughly three miles (5 kilometres) from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22 kilometres) from Kings Lynn, 43 miles (69 kilometres) from Norwich and about 118 miles (190 kilometres) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Castle Acre Priory, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, St James Swimming Centre, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Houghton Hall, Grimston Warren, Searles Sea Tours, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Castle Rising Castle, Big Kidz Karting, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Syderstone Common, North Beach, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Old Hunstanton Beach, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Green Quay, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Skegness Beach, Jennings Caravan Park, Heacham Manor, High Tower Shooting School, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Friskney Decoy Wood, Brancaster Bay, East Winch Common.

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