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

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and popular vacation destination with some fine beaches, Heacham can be found in the county of Norfolk, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the port and town of King's Lynn. Heacham has a resident population of approximately 5,000 occupants and is perhaps most commonly known for its connection with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe, a tobacco grower, who came from Heacham. The area is also known for its fields of lavender, grown here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they came to the area in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham began to be well liked as a coastal resort in Victorian times, due to the building of the rail line between King's Lynn and Hunstanton at the start of the eighteen sixties. This culminated in the building of the Jubilee Bridge in 1887 to take the place of the ancient wood bridge. Heacham continues to be favoured nowadays as a beach resort, with both North and South Beaches lined with camping and caravan parks.

The shorelines here are placed upon the east shoreline of The Wash, this means it is one of few beaches in the east of England where the sun sets over the sea as opposed to over the land.

Historic Past of Heacham: It is probably more than five millenia since the initial human settlements materialized in the area close to Heacham, and the uncovering of Bronze Age and Neolithic relics, shows evidence of that. Settlement remained there thru the Iron Age and into Roman times, while it was almost certainly not till the 5th century that the first actual village was founded there. The name is perhaps taken from the name of a local Norman Lord during the 1300s, Geoffrey de Hecham, however there is no reliable evidence that this is a fact. A different idea is that the name is derived from the nearby River Hitch.

Reported in the 1086 Domesday Book to be in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village during that time comprised 143 households (quite large for the time) and the Lord of the Manor was William of Warenne. Up until the Norman Conquest the region was overseen by a pair of Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was thereafter under the control of Cluniac Monks, right up until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard) became Lord of the Manor.

The eldest surviving building in Heacham is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, built in the Norman style and dates from twelve thirty, a bell in the tower is actually still older than the church itself, dating from around eleven hundred, one of the oldest bells still existing in England. The village sign and a tablet in the church outline the historic links with Pocahontas, the indian princess who wedded John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was only 22 when she died three years later, still she left behind a son, Tom, who later on went back to America. Heacham Hall endured for many years but was finally destroyed by fire in the early 1940s.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in Heacham with a partnership being arranged between a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner named Francis Dusgate, to develop the cultivating and processing of lavender and related merchandise. A few years later there would be one hundred acres covered in lavender plants. Ever since these beginnings the enterprise has expanded considerably, and newer varieties have been raised. Lavender is nowadays exported all throughout the world.

Heacham can be reached via the the A149 and the B1454, it is roughly 5km (3 miles) from Hunstanton, 22 kilometres (fourteen miles) from Kings Lynn, 69km (43 miles) from Norwich and about 118 miles from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Captain Kids Adventure World, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Searles Sea Tours, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, High Tower Shooting School, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Planet Zoom, Lynn Museum, East Winch Common, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Houghton Hall, Paint Pots, Big Kidz Karting, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Fuzzy Eds, Roydon Common, Friskney Decoy Wood, Wells Beach Leisure, Titchwell Marsh, Snettisham Beach, Norfolk Lavender, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Gibraltar Point, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Holkham Beach, Searles Resort Golf Club, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre.

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The above info ought to be useful for adjacent villages and parishes that include : Ringstead, Holkham, Snettisham, Sandringham, Hillington, Thornham, Wolferton, Appleton, North Creake, Brancaster Staithe, Hunstanton, Docking, Old Hunstanton, Southgate, North Wootton, Syderstone, Flitcham, Burnham Norton, Burnham Deepdale, Sedgeford, Burnham Market, King's Lynn, Shernborne, West Newton, Brancaster, Ingoldisthorpe, Wells-Next-the-Sea, South Creake, Great Bircham, Dersingham. ROAD MAP - TODAY'S WEATHER

In case you valued this tourist information and guide to the resort of Heacham, then you might find a number of of our other village and town guides worth exploring, for example the website about Wymondham (Norfolk), or even maybe the website on King's Lynn. To see one or more of these websites, then click on the appropriate town or resort name. With luck we will see you return soon. Similar locations to explore in East Anglia include Wymondham, Sheringham and Great Yarmouth (East Anglia).