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

Postcode for Heacham: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and well known holiday destination offering some excellent beaches, Heacham is positioned in the county of Norfolk, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the large town and port of Kings Lynn. The village has a resident population of roughly 5,000 occupants and is possibly most widely known for its connection with the Indian native Pocahontas, who wedded a tobacco grower called John Rolfe, who originated from Heacham. The village is furthermore widely known for its lavender fields, nurtured here by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to the village in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to be known as a beach resort in Victorian times, after the arrival of the train line between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton in the early 1860s. That resulted in the erection of the Jubilee Bridge in 1887 in order to replace an old wood bridge. The area is still favoured these days as a coastal resort, with both North and South Beach dotted with caravan sites.

The seashores here are placed upon the east banks of The Wash, this means that it is one of very few beaches in eastern England where sunsets can be seen over the sea instead of over the land.

Historical Background of Heacham: It's undoubtedly around 5 millenia since the first human settlements appeared in the area close to Heacham, the unearthing of Bronze Age and Neolithic artefacts, show evidence of that. Settlement persisted there throughout the Iron Age and into the Roman era, whilst it was in all likelihood not until the 5th century when the earliest proper village was established there. The name "Heacham" is possibly derived from the name of a local Lord of the Manor during the 1300s, called Geoffrey de Hecham, although there is no reliable evidence that this is true. One additional idea it was named after the local River Hitch.

Recognized in the Domesday Book of 1086 as being part of the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village at that moment supported 143 households (fairly substantial for the period) and the Lord of the Manor was William of Warenne. Up until the 1066 Norman Conquest the area was ruled by a couple of Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was later under the control of Cluniac Monks, until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, when the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The eldest remaining structure in the village is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, which was built in the Norman style and dates from twelve thirty, a bell in the tower is in fact even earlier, dating from around 1100, one of the earliest bells still surviving in England. Heacham's village sign as well as a tablet in the church tell of the historic links with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was just 22 when she died 3 years later, nonetheless she produced a son called Tom, he later on went back to America. The hall endured for many years but was eventually destroyed by fire in nineteen forty one.

In 1932 Norfolk Lavender Ltd was established in Heacham with a partnership being created between a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and local landowner Francis Dusgate, to develop the harvesting and processing of lavender and related products. By 1936 there would be 100 acres under cultivation. Since those early times the company has expanded greatly, and fresh new varieties have been produced. The lavender is currently sold all over the world.

Heacham can be entered from the the A149 or the B1454, it is roughly 3 miles from Hunstanton, fourteen miles from Kings Lynn, 69 kilometres (43 miles) from Norwich and about 118 miles (190km) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Sandringham House, Big Kidz Karting, St James Swimming Centre, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, High Tower Shooting School, St Georges Guildhall, Bircham Windmill, Searles Resort Golf Club, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Jennings Caravan Park, Holkham National Nature Reserve, Kartworld Skegness, Paint Pots, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Snettisham Park, Skegness Pier, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Castle Rising Castle, East Winch Common, Roydon Common, Green Britain Centre, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Brancaster Bay, Syderstone Common, North Beach, Wells Next The Sea Beach, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Thursford Collection, Butlins - Skegness, Norfolk Lavender.

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Provided you appreciated this guide and tourist information to Heacham in Norfolk, then you might very well find several of our other town and village websites handy, such as our guide to Wymondham in Norfolk, or possibly our website on Kings Lynn (Norfolk). To go to one or more of these sites, just click on the relevant town name. Hopefully we will see you back on the web site before too long. A few other spots to travel to in Norfolk include Cromer, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth.