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

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A coastal village and well loved vacation resort with some exceptional beaches, Heacham is stationed in the county of Norfolk, between the town of Hunstanton and the port and town of King's Lynn. Heacham has a populace of approximately five thousand occupants and is probably most commonly known for its connection with the Indian Pocahontas, who wedded a tobacco grower called John Rolfe, who originated in Heacham. Heacham is additionally widely known for its fields of lavender, cultivated here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they arrived in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham started to become popular as a holiday resort in Victorian times, after the establishing of the railway line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton in the early eighteen sixties. This culminated in the building of the Jubilee Bridge in the eighteen eighties taking the place of the ancient wooden bridge. Heacham is still favoured these days as a coastal resort, with both the North Beach and South Beach replete with caravan and camping parks.

The shorelines here are placed on the easterly coast of The Wash, this means that it is one of only a handful of beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets can be seen over the sea rather than over the land.

Historic Past of Heacham: It is more than likely roughly 5,000 years since the initial settlers arrived in the region surrounding Heacham, and the finding of Bronze Age and Neolithic relics, show evidence of this. Settlement continued in the area all through the Iron Age and into the Roman era, even though it was in all probability not until the fifth century that the first true village was set up there. The name is possibly taken from the name of a local Lord during the 1300s, Geoffrey de Hecham, however there isn't any strong evidence of this. Still another explanation is that the name was taken from the nearby River Hitch.

Noted down in the 1086 Domesday Book as being part of the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village at that stage supported 143 households (pretty large for the times) and the Lord of the Manor was William of Warenne. Before the Norman Conquest of 1066 the village was controlled by 2 Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was subsequently controlled by a group of Cluniac Monks, right until after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, at which time the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard) became Lord of the Manor.

The eldest remaining building in Heacham is the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, which was built in Norman style and dates from 1230, one of its bells is believe it or not still older, dating from roughly eleven hundred, making it one of the most ancient bells still surviving in England. Heacham's village sign and a tablet in the church recall the famous links with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was only 22 when she died 3 years later, though she left a son, Tom, who later returned to America. The hall survived for centuries but was ultimately destroyed by fire during the Second World War.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in the village with a partnership being arranged between local nurseryman called Linn Chilvers and a landowner called Francis Dusgate, to develop the growing and processing of lavender and associated merchandise. A few years later there would be 100 acres covered in lavender plants. Since those early beginnings the enterprise has expanded substantially, and fresh varieties have been created. The lavender is today sold all throughout the world.

The village can be entered by way of the A149 and the B1454, it is approximately 5km (3 miles) from Hunstanton, 22km (fourteen miles) from King's Lynn, forty three miles from Norwich and about 118 miles from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Magdalen College Museum, Ringstead Downs, Castle Acre Priory, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Boston Bowl, Fakenham Museum of Gas, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Stubborn Sands, Parrot Zoo, Norfolk Lavender, Jennings Caravan Park, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Syderstone Common, Lynn Museum, Friskney Decoy Wood, High Tower Shooting School, Skegness Beach, Strikes, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Butlins - Skegness, Holkham Beach, Searles Resort Golf Club, Holkham Hall, Fakenham Superbowl, Kartworld Skegness, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Kids World.

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