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

Postcode for Heacham: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A village and well loved holiday resort next to some exceptional beaches, Heacham can be found in Norfolk, East Anglia, in between the resort of Hunstanton and the port and town of Kings Lynn. The village has a populace of roughly 4,707 inhabitants and is possibly most widely known for its association with the native Indian Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, who originated in Heacham. Heacham is additionally widely known for its fields of lavender, nurtured here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to become fashionable as a holiday resort in Victorian times, mainly because of the establishing of the railway line between Hunstanton and King's Lynn at the beginning of the 1860s. That resulted in the Jubilee Bridge being constructed in eighteen eighty seven to take the place of the older timber bridge. The village still is popular these days as a seaside resort, with both South and North Beach being lined with caravan and camping parks.

The beach areas here are placed on the easterly shores of The Wash, as a consequence it's one of the only beaches in the east of England where the sun sets over the sea rather than over the land.

The Historical Past of Heacham: It's possibly roughly 5,000 years since the earliest settlements manifested in the region surrounding Heacham, and the unearthing of Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts, show evidence of this. Settlement remained there thru the Iron Age and into the Roman period, although it was likely not till the 5th century that the first actual village was set up there. The name is perhaps taken from the title of a local Lord of the Manor in the 1300s, called Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is no strong evidence of this. Still another idea is, the name derives from the close by River Hitch.

Described in the 1086 Domesday Book to be in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that moment supported 143 households (making it pretty substantial for the times) and the Lord of the Manor was William of Warenne. At the time of the Norman Conquest (1066) this area was controlled by 2 Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was subsequently governed by Cluniac Monks, until after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The most ancient existing structure in Heacham is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, built in the Norman style and is dated twelve thirty, one of its bells is in fact still earlier than this, dating from around 1100, meaning it is one of the most ancient bells still surviving in England. Heacham's village sign as well as a tablet inside the church tell of the famous links with the red indian, Pocahontas who wedded John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas was just 22 when she died three years later, nonetheless she left behind a son, Tom, he later returned to America. Heacham Hall endured for centuries but was eventually destroyed by fire during the Second World War.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in the village with a partnership being created between nurseryman named Linn Chilvers and a landowner named Francis Dusgate, with the aim of producing and processing of lavender and related merchandise. Four years later there would be over 100 acres being cultivated. Ever since then the venture has expanded substantially, and brand new types have been reared. Lavender is these days exported all over the world.

The village can be entered via the the A149 and the B1454, it is about 5km (3 miles) from Hunstanton, fourteen miles from King's Lynn, 43 miles (69 kilometres) from Norwich and about 118 miles (190km) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Norfolk Lavender, Green Britain Centre, Grimston Warren, Green Quay, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Playtowers, High Tower Shooting School, Big Kidz Karting, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Central Beach Skegness, Searles Resort Golf Club, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, St Georges Guildhall, Hunstanton Beach, Houghton Hall, South Beach, Skegness Beach, Paint Pots, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Megafun Play Centre, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Boston Bowl, Playland Wells, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Holkham Beach, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Friskney Decoy Wood, Castle Acre Priory.

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The above factfile may also be pertinent for nearby hamlets, villages and towns most notably : Burnham Norton, Ringstead, Old Hunstanton, Docking, Dersingham, Appleton, King's Lynn, Southgate, Thornham, Hunstanton, Brancaster, South Creake, Ingoldisthorpe, Flitcham, Burnham Deepdale, Syderstone, North Creake, North Wootton, Wolferton, Sandringham, West Newton, Sedgeford, Holkham, Great Bircham, Snettisham, Brancaster Staithe, Shernborne, Wells-Next-the-Sea, Hillington, Burnham Market. FULL SITEMAP - WEATHER

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