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

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A coastal village and well loved holiday destination having some wonderful beaches, Heacham is located in the county of Norfolk, in between the town of Hunstanton and the town and port of King's Lynn. Heacham has a resident population of about five thousand people and is probably most commonly known for its historic connections with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married a tobacco planter called John Rolfe, who came from Heacham. The village is additionally reputed for its fields of lavender, harvested by Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they arrived in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to become known as a holiday resort in in the mid-nineteenth century, simply because of the arrival of the rail line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the early eighteen sixties. That also led to the Jubilee Bridge being constructed in the eighteen eighties to take the place of an olden timber bridge. The area is just as well-liked these days as a tourist resort, with both North and South Beach being dotted with caravan and camping sites.

The shorelines in this area are found on the eastern coast of The Wash, therefore it is one of the only beaches in eastern England where sunsets are visible over the sea rather than over the land.

The History of Heacham Norfolk: It is perhaps roughly 5 millenia since the earliest human settlements manifested in the area around Heacham, the discovery of Bronze Age and Neolithic artefacts, gives evidence of this. Habitation persisted in the area thru the Iron Age and into Roman times, while it was probably not till the fifth century when the first actual village was founded there. The name "Heacham" is said to be derived from the title of a Lord of the Manor during the twelfth century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is no compelling evidence that this is true. A second explanation is that the name is derived from the local River Hitch.

Listed in the Domesday Book (1086) to be in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, Heacham at that time comprised 143 households (fairly sizeable for the times) and the head of the manor was William of Warenne. Up until the Norman Conquest of 1066 this area was overseen by two Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was thereafter controlled by a group of Cluniac Monks, right until following the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard) became Lord of the Manor.

The oldest existing building in the village is the St Mary the Virgin Church, built in the Norman style and was built in twelve thirty, one of its bells is actually still earlier than the church itself, dating from about eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the earliest bells still surviving in England. Heacham's village sign in addition to a tablet inside the church tell of the famous links with the red indian, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was just twenty two when she died 3 years later, nonetheless she left a son, Tom, he eventually returned to America. The hall endured for many years but was finally destroyed by fire in the 1940s.

In 1932 Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in the village with a partnership being arranged between a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of harvesting and distilling of lavender and associated products. A few years later there were one hundred acres covered in lavender plants. Since these beginnings the company has evolved enormously, and unique types have been created. The lavender is today exported all throughout the world.

Heacham can be accessed from the the A149 and the B1454, it is approximately three miles (5km) from Hunstanton, 22 kilometres (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: Sunnyside, Torrey Close, Staithe Road, College Drive, Cross Way, Caius Close, Witton Close, Pine Mall, Dix Close, South Beach, Ingleby Close, Collins Lane, Caley Street, Lynn Road, Johnson Crescent, Linn Chilvers Drive, Folgate Road, Meadow Road, Gymkhana Way, Cameron Close, Gidney Drive, Kenwood Road, Hadley Crescent, High Street, Malthouse Crescent, Station Road, North Beach, Blatchford Way, Cedar Springs, St Marys Close, New Row, Neville Road, Lords Lane, School Road, Woodend Road, Rolfe Crescent, The Drift, Pound Lane, Broadway, Davy Place, Sandringham Drive, Jubilee Road, Hunstanton Road, Joyce Lane, Church Lane, Victoria Close, Wilton Road, Lodge Road, Forest Drive.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Houghton Hall, Paint Pots, Searles Sea Tours, St Georges Guildhall, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Searles Resort Golf Club, Stubborn Sands, Parrot Sanctuary, Brancaster Bay, Ringstead Downs, Titchwell Marsh, Green Britain Centre, Castle Acre Priory, Playland Wells, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Trues Yard Fishing Museum, Lynn Museum, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Scolt Head Island, Skegness Pier, Fantasy Island, Searles Leisure Resort, Syderstone Common, Grimston Warren, Skegness Beach, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Gibraltar Point, Central Beach Skegness, Hunstanton Beach, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Wells Next The Sea Beach.

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