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

Post Code for Heacham: 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 with some excellent beaches, Heacham is found in the county of Norfolk, between the resort of Hunstanton and the large port and town of Kings Lynn. Heacham has a resident population of about 5,000 people and is probably most famous for its historic links with the Indian native Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco merchant, who originated in Heacham. The village is also well regarded for its lavender fields, farmed here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they arrived in 1932.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham began to get fashionable as a tourist resort in the 19th century, after the arrival of the railway line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the eighteen sixties. That also led to the building of the Jubilee Bridge in the eighteen eighties to take the place of the olden wood bridge. Heacham continues to be popular nowadays as a beach resort, with both North Beach and South Beach being replete with caravan parks.

The beach areas in this area are placed on the eastern shoreline 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 Historic Past: It is quite likely over five thousand years since the first human settlements materialized in the vicinity around Heacham, the unearthing of Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts, shows evidence of that. Human settlement continued there all through the Iron Age and into Roman times, while it was more than likely not till the 5th century that the earliest real village was established there. The name of the village is said to be taken from the title of a local Lord in the 12th century, Geoffrey de Hecham, although there is no strong evidence that this is the truth. An additional explanation is that the name is taken from the nearby River Hitch.

Noted in the 1086 Domesday Book to be included in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham then had one hundred and forty three households (rather large for this period) and the manor belonged to William of Warenne. At the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066 the neighbourhood was controlled by a couple of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was thereafter controlled by Cluniac Monks, right until following the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Duke of Norfolk became Lord of the Manor.

The oldest remaining structure in the village is the Saint Mary the Virgin Parish Church, built in the Norman style and was built in 1230, a bell in the tower is in fact still older, dating from around eleven hundred, making it one of the oldest bells still surviving in England. The village sign together with a tablet inside the church record the historic ties with the red indian, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was only 22 when she passed away 3 years later, but she left a son called Tom, he subsequently returned to America. Heacham Hall endured for centuries but was destroyed by fire in 1941.

In 1932 Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in Heacham with a partnership being set up between local nurseryman called Linn Chilvers and local landowner named Francis Dusgate, with the aim of growing and distilling of lavender and associated merchandise. In 1936 there would be 100 acres covered in lavender plants. Ever since these beginnings the business has expanded enormously, and fresh new types have been reared. Lavender is today sold all over the world.

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

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Gibraltar Point, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Playtowers, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Scolt Head Island, Skegness Pleasure Beach, High Tower Shooting School, Thursford Collection, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Kartworld Skegness, Fakenham Superbowl, Central Beach Skegness, Playland Wells, Big Kidz Karting, Searles Resort Golf Club, Wells Beach Leisure, Holkham Hall, St James Swimming Centre, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Church Farm Museum, Searles Leisure Resort, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Brancaster Bay, Magdalen College Museum, Skegness Beach, Parrot Zoo, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Green Quay, Hunstanton Beach.

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In case you really enjoyed this guide and tourist information to the East Anglia resort of Heacham, then you could very well find some of our other town and resort guides invaluable, perhaps our guide to Wymondham (Norfolk), or possibly our website about King's Lynn (Norfolk). To search these web sites, click on the appropriate town name. Maybe we will see you again in the near future. Other places to visit in East Anglia include Swaffham, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth.