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Location of Heacham: Norfolk, East of England, Eastern England, United Kingdom.

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A seaside village and well known vacation resort next to some superb beaches, Heacham can be found in Norfolk, East Anglia, in between the resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the town and port of King's Lynn. Heacham has a populace of around 5,000 occupants and is probably most commonly known for its association with the native Indian Pocahontas, who wedded a tobacco grower called John Rolfe, who originated in Heacham. The area is additionally well regarded for its fields of lavender, grown here by Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they came to the area in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to be fashionable as a tourist resort in in the mid-nineteenth century, as a consequence of opening of the railway line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the eighteen sixties. This also led to the Jubilee Bridge being erected in eighteen eighty seven to take the place of the old wood bridge. Heacham is still well-liked these days as a coastal resort, with both the North and South Beaches being dotted with caravan and camping parks.

The seashores in this area are situated upon the easterly coast of The Wash, consequently it's one of the few beaches in the east of England where sunsets can be seen over the sea and not over the land.

Heacham's Historical Background: It's quite likely more than five thousand yrs since the 1st human settlers showed up in the region near Heacham, the discovery of Bronze Age and Neolithic artefacts, show evidence of this. Settlement continued in the area through the Iron Age and into Roman times, although it was in all likelihood not till the 5th century that the 1st genuine village was founded there. The name is said to be derived from the name of a local Lord in the 1300s, called Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is not any strong evidence of this. A second theory it was named after the local River Hitch.

Recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as being in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village in those days consisted of one hundred and forty three households (making it rather large for the times) and the manor was owned by William of Warenne. Before the Norman Conquest the neighbourhood was controlled by two Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was subsequently controlled by Cluniac Monks, right until following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The earliest surviving structure in the village is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, built in Norman style and dates from 1230, one of its bells is actually still older, dating from approximately eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the earliest bells still surviving in England. The village sign and also a tablet within the church recall the historic links with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who wedded John Rolfe, of Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was just 22 when she passed away three years later, nonetheless she provided John with a son called Tom, who later 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 the village with a partnership being arranged between a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner Francis Dusgate, to develop the producing and distilling of lavender and related products. In 1936 there would be a hundred acres under cultivation. Ever since these beginnings the enterprise has grown greatly, and newer types have been reared. The lavender is currently exported all throughout the world.

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

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Fakenham Superbowl, Parrot Sanctuary, Stubborn Sands, Roydon Common, Skegness Pier, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Extreeme Adventure, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Sandringham House, Captain Kids Adventure World, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, North Beach, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Hunstanton Beach, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Church Farm Museum, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Grimston Warren, Laser Quest Skegness, Kartworld Skegness, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Snettisham Beach, St James Swimming Centre, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Ringstead Downs, Friskney Decoy Wood, Houghton Hall, Planet Zoom, High Tower Shooting School.

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