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

Postcode for Heacham: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A coastal village and popular vacation resort beside some great beaches, Heacham is set in the county of Norfolk, between the town of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the port and town of Kings Lynn. Heacham has a populace of about 4,700 people and is possibly most widely known for its association with the Indian native Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe, a tobacco grower, who originated in Heacham. Heacham is furthermore widely known for its lavender fields, cultivated by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to get known as a tourist resort in the nineteenth century, mainly because of the arrival of the train line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton at the start of the eighteen sixties. That also led to the construction of the Jubilee Bridge in eighteen eighty seven in order to replace an old wooden bridge. The area is still well-liked these days as a holiday resort, with both the South Beach and North Beach peppered with caravan and camping parks.

The shorelines at Heacham are placed on the eastern banks of The Wash, this means it's one of the only beaches on the east coast of England where the sun sets over the sea rather than over the land.

Heacham's Historical Background: It's most likely roughly 5 millenia since the first human settlements appeared in the vicinity around Heacham, and the finding of Bronze Age and Neolithic artefacts, gives evidence of that. Human settlement continued there thru the Iron Age and into the Roman era, although it was most probably not till the fifth century when the 1st genuine village was established there. The name is perhaps derived from the title of a local Lord of the Manor during the 12th century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, however there is not any strong evidence of this. A different explanation is that the name derives from the close by River Hitch.

Registered in the Domesday Book (1086) to be in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham then was made up of one hundred and forty three households (making it pretty substantial for this period) and the manor belonged to William of Warenne. Prior to the Norman Conquest (1066) the village was controlled by two Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was subsequently under the control of Cluniac Monks, right until after the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The oldest existing building in the village is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, which was built in Norman style and was completed in 1230, a bell in the tower is believe it or not even older than the church itself, dating from approximately eleven hundred, one of the most ancient bells still existing in England. Heacham's village sign along with a tablet in the church record the famous links with Pocahontas, the red indian princess who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was just twenty two when she died three years later, nonetheless she gave birth to a son, Tom, he later on returned to America. The hall survived for many years but was eventually destroyed by fire in the early 1940s.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was founded in the village with a partnership being created involving local nurseryman named Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, with the goal of harvesting and processing of lavender and associated merchandise. By 1936 there would be over a hundred acres covered in lavender plants. Since then the business has grown greatly, and newer types have been reared. The lavender is today exported all around the world.

The village can be reached from the the A149 or the B1454, it is roughly 3 miles from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22 kilometres) from Kings Lynn, 43 miles (69km) from Norwich and about 190km (118 miles) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Searles Resort Golf Club, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Central Beach Skegness, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Holkham Hall, Syderstone Common, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Skegness Pier, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Kartworld Skegness, Skegness Beach, Creake Abbey, Fakenham Superbowl, Roydon Common, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Fuzzy Eds, Green Quay, St James Swimming Centre, Boston Bowl, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, North Beach, Lynn Museum, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Parrot Sanctuary, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton.

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