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

Heacham Postcode: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and popular holiday destination having some great beaches, Heacham is stationed in Norfolk, East Anglia, in between the holiday resort of Hunstanton and the large town and port of Kings Lynn. The village has a population of about four thousand seven hundred inhabitants and is probably best known for its connection with the Indian Pocahontas, who married a tobacco merchant called John Rolfe, who originated from Heacham. Heacham is additionally reputed for its fields of lavender, nurtured here by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to the village in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to get fashionable as a beach resort in the nineteenth century, with the coming of the train line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton in the 1860s. That resulted in the erection of the Jubilee Bridge in 1887 to take the place of the aged wood bridge. Heacham still is popular nowadays as a tourist resort, with both the North and South Beaches lined with caravan parks.

The seashores here are set on the eastern banks of The Wash, as a consequence it's one of the rare beaches in the east of England where sunsets are visible over the sea and not over the land.

Historical Past of Heacham: It is quite likely more than 5,000 yrs since the initial settlements appeared in the area around Heacham, the discovery of Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts, shows evidence of that. Habitation continued there all through the Iron Age and into Roman times, however it was possibly not until the 5th century that the first real village was set up there. The name "Heacham" is said to be derived from the name of a local Norman Lord during the 1300s, called Geoffrey de Hecham, however there isn't any reliable evidence that this is a fact. A further theory is, the name is taken from the local River Hitch.

Documented in the 1086 Domesday Book as being within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village at that moment comprised one hundred and forty three households (making it fairly big for the times) and the manor came under the control of William of Warenne. Before the 1066 Norman Conquest the village was overseen by a couple of Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was subsequently under the control of Cluniac Monks, until after the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk.

The most ancient remaining building in the village is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, which is built in the Norman style and was built in 1230, one of its bells is in fact even earlier, dating from about eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the most ancient bells still surviving in England. The village sign along with a tablet in the church remind the villagers of the famous ties with Pocahontas, the indian princess who married John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was only twenty two when she passed away three years later, still she provided John with a son, Tom, who later returned to America. The hall endured for many years but was ultimately destroyed by fire in 1941.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was formed in Heacham with a partnership being set up involving local nurseryman called Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of harvesting and distilling of lavender and associated merchandise. By 1936 there were a hundred acres being cultivated. Since those early beginnings the venture has grown enormously, and unique varieties have been propagated. The lavender is today exported all throughout the world.

The village can be go to by way of the A149 and the B1454, it is about 3 miles from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22km) from King's Lynn, forty three miles from Norwich and about 118 miles from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Planet Zoom, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Captain Kids Adventure World, Fantasy Island, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Roydon Common, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Laser Quest Skegness, Green Britain Centre, Playland Wells, Gibraltar Point, Parrot Zoo, Syderstone Common, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, St Georges Guildhall, Fuzzy Eds, Paint Me Ceramics, Norfolk Lavender, St James Swimming Centre, Skegness Beach, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Skegness Pier, North Beach, Church Farm Museum, Holkham Hall.

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