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

Postcode for Heacham: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

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

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and well known holiday destination having some wonderful beaches, Heacham is found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the large port and town of King's Lynn. The village has a resident population of roughly 5,000 occupants and is perhaps most famous for its connection with the Indian Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, who originated from Heacham. Heacham is also widely known for its fields of lavender, nurtured by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to get popular as a holiday resort in the time of the Victorians, just after the coming of the train line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton at the start of the eighteen sixties. This resulted in the Jubilee Bridge being erected in the 1880's taking the place of an obsolete wood bridge. The area still is well-liked today as a coastal resort, with both South Beach and North Beach being dotted with caravan and camping sites.

The beach areas at Heacham are located on the east coast of The Wash, consequently it's one of very few beaches in eastern England where the sun sets over the sea rather than over the land.

Heacham's Historic Past: It is certainly roughly 5 millenia since the first human settlements manifested in the region around Heacham, the discovery of Bronze Age and Neolithic artifacts, shows evidence of this fact. Settlement continued there through the Iron Age and into Roman times, even though it was in all probability not until the fifth century when the 1st genuine village was established there. The name "Heacham" is said to be derived from the name of a local Lord in the 1300s, called Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is no firm evidence of this. An extra idea is that the name comes from the nearby River Hitch.

Recognized in the Domesday Book to be within the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham during that time consisted of one hundred and forty three households (rather large for this times) and the head of the manor was William of Warenne. Up until the Norman Conquest (1066) the region was overseen by two Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was subsequently controlled by Cluniac Monks, 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 oldest remaining structure in Heacham is the St Mary the Virgin Church, which is built in the Norman style and dates from 1230, one of its bells is actually still earlier than the church itself, dating from approximately 1100, one of the most ancient bells still in existence in England. The village sign and also a tablet inside the church record the historic links with Pocahontas, the indian princess who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas was only twenty two when she died 3 years later, still she left a son, Tom, he later returned to America. The hall endured for many years but was eventually destroyed by fire during the Second World War.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was founded in Heacham with a partnership being arranged between a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and local landowner called Francis Dusgate, to develop the harvesting and processing of lavender and associated merchandise. A few years later there would be one hundred acres under cultivation. Ever since those early years the business has evolved appreciably, and fresh new varieties have been propagated. The lavender is nowadays exported all around the globe.

Heacham can be go to from the the A149 or the B1454, it is about three miles from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22 kilometres) from Kings Lynn, forty three miles from Norwich and about 190 kilometres (118 miles) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Roydon Common, Playtowers, Planet Zoom, Extreeme Adventure, Green Quay, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, St Georges Guildhall, Bircham Windmill, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Heacham Manor, North Beach, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Snettisham Park, Hunstanton Beach, Butlins - Skegness, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Skegness Beach, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Captain Willies Activity Centre, Green Britain Centre, Fakenham Superbowl, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Holkham Beach, Paint Pots, Parrot Sanctuary, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Searles Leisure Resort, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Boston Bowl, Fantasy Island.

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