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

Post Code for Heacham: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (2011 Census)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A seaside village and popular holiday resort having some excellent beaches, Heacham is found in Norfolk, East Anglia, between the town of Hunstanton and the large port and town of Kings Lynn. Heacham has a resident population of around four thousand seven hundred occupants and is probably best known for its ties with the native Indian Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, who originated in Heacham. The area is furthermore known for its fields of lavender, grown by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in the 1930s.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386Heacham began to be fashionable as a seaside resort in in the mid-nineteenth century, due to the establishing of the rail line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the 1860s. This also led to the construction of the Jubilee Bridge in the eighteen eighties to replace the ancient wooden bridge. The village continues to be well loved these days as a tourist resort, with both South and North Beach being dotted with caravan sites.

The seashores at Heacham are placed on the easterly shoreline of The Wash, therefore it's one of the rare beaches in eastern England where sunsets can be seen over the sea and not over the land.

Heacham's Historical Past: It's most likely roughly 5 millenia since the first human settlers arrived in the region surrounding Heacham, the finding of Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts, gives evidence of this fact. Human settlement remained in the area all through the Iron Age and into the Roman era, while it was very likely not until the 5th century that the 1st true village was established there. The name is said to be derived from the name of a Lord during the twelfth century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there isn't any strong evidence of this. Still another explanation it was named after the local River Hitch.

Documented in the Domesday Book of 1086 as being part of the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village during that time consisted of one hundred and forty three households (quite large for the time) and the head of the manor was William of Warenne. Prior to the Norman Conquest the neighborhood was overseen by 2 Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was later controlled by Cluniac Monks, right until after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk.

The most ancient existing building in Heacham is the St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, built in the Norman style and dates from 1230, a bell in the tower is in fact even earlier, dating from approximately eleven hundred, making it one of the earliest bells still in existence in England. Heacham's village sign plus a tablet inside the church tell of the famous ties with Pocahontas, the red indian princess who married John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was only 22 when she died three years later, nonetheless she left behind a son, Tom, who later went back to America. The hall survived for centuries but was destroyed by fire in the early 1940s.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was formed in the village with a partnership being created between a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner called Francis Dusgate, for the purpose of harvesting and distilling of lavender and related merchandise. A few years later there were 100 acres under cultivation. Ever since those early beginnings the business has evolved enormously, and brand new varieties have been reared. Lavender is these days sold all over the world.

Heacham can be go to via the the A149 and the B1454, it is roughly 3 miles from Hunstanton, 14 miles (22 kilometres) from Kings Lynn, forty three miles from Norwich and about 190km (118 miles) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Jennings Caravan Park, Parrot Zoo, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Heacham Manor, Castle Acre Priory, Lynn Museum, Big Kidz Karting, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Thursford Collection, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Snettisham Beach, Parrot Sanctuary, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, South Beach, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, South Creake Amazing Maize Maze, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Megafun Play Centre, Green Quay, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Skegness Pier, Paint Me Ceramics, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Green Britain Centre, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Embassy Outdoor Swimming Pool, Holkham Hall, Walsingham Treasure Trail, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Skegness Beach.

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Provided that you appreciated this tourist information and guide to the seaside resort of Heacham, then you could most likely find a handful of of our alternative village and town websites beneficial, such as our website on Wymondham (Norfolk), or perhaps also our website on Kings Lynn. To search these sites, simply click on the appropriate town or resort name. Perhaps we will see you again some time soon. Several other towns to see in East Anglia include Cromer, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth.