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Heacham Location: Norfolk, East Anglia, Eastern England, UK.

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A coastal village and well known vacation destination having some wonderful beaches, Heacham is situated in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the town of Hunstanton and the large town and port of King's Lynn. Heacham has a population of roughly four thousand seven hundred inhabitants and is possibly most recognized for its ties with the native Indian Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, who originated in Heacham. The village is additionally widely known for its lavender fields, harvested by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to be well liked as a tourist resort in Victorian times, due to the establishing of the train line between King's Lynn and Hunstanton in the early 1860s. That resulted in the erection of the Jubilee Bridge in the eighteen eighties to replace an older wood bridge. The area is still popular these days as a holiday resort, with both North Beach and South Beach being replete with camping and caravan sites.

The beach areas in this area are set on the easterly shores of The Wash, meaning it is one of only a handful of beaches in eastern England where the sun sets over the sea rather than over the land.

Heacham's History: It is almost certainly more than 5,000 yrs since the earliest settlers showed up in the vicinity around Heacham, the finding of Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts, gives evidence of this fact. Settlement continued in the area all through the Iron Age and into the Roman period, while it was most probably not until the fifth century when the earliest proper village was founded there. The name is believed to be taken from the name of a local Lord of the Manor in the twelfth century, Geoffrey de Hecham, although there is not any firm evidence that this is true. Still another theory it was named after the close by River Hitch.

Registered in the Domesday Book of 1086 to be within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village at that time was made up of one hundred and forty three households (fairly substantial for the times) and the manor was owned by William of Warenne. Prior to the Norman Conquest the area was ruled by a pair of Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was then governed by Cluniac Monks, until after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, when the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk.

The oldest surviving structure in the village is the Saint Mary the Virgin Church, which is built in Norman style and is dated 1230, one of its bells is believe it or not still earlier, dating from about eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the earliest bells still surviving in England. The village sign in addition to a tablet in the church recount the famous links with Pocahontas, the indian princess who wedded John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas was just twenty two when she died three years later, nonetheless she provided John with a son, Tom, who subsequently returned to America. The hall endured for centuries but was destroyed by fire during the Second World War.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in the village with a partnership being created involving nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner called Francis Dusgate, to develop the growing and processing of lavender and associated products. A few years later there would be over 100 acres covered in lavender plants. Since these beginnings the venture has evolved considerably, and fresh new types have been propagated. Lavender is now sold all over the world.

The village can be go to from the the A149 or the B1454, it is roughly 3 miles from Hunstanton, 14 miles from King's Lynn, 69 kilometres (43 miles) from Norwich and about 118 miles from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Holkham Hall, Fuzzy Eds, Hunstanton Beach, Fakenham Superbowl, Boston Bowl, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Church Farm Museum, Houghton Hall, Ringstead Downs, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Norfolk Lavender, Skegness Pier, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Green Quay, Paint Pots, Extreeme Adventure, Gibraltar Point, Lynn Museum, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Fantasy Island, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Green Britain Centre, Snettisham Beach, Castle Acre Priory, St Georges Guildhall, Grimston Warren, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Church of St Mary the Virgin.

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