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

Heacham Post Code: PE31

Heacham Dialling Code: 01485

Population of Heacham: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A village and well loved vacation destination having some fine beaches, Heacham can be found in the county of Norfolk, between the town of Hunstanton and the large town and port of Kings Lynn. The village has a resident population of roughly 4,707 occupants and is possibly most widely known for its links with the native Indian Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe, a tobacco merchant, who originated in Heacham. The area is also known for its lavender fields, nurtured here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in 1932.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to be fashionable as a coastal resort in the nineteenth century, soon after the building of the train line between Hunstanton and King's Lynn in the eighteen sixties. That also led to the erection of the Jubilee Bridge in 1887 to take the place of an older wooden bridge. The area is still popular today as a beach resort, with both the North Beach and South Beach peppered with camping and caravan sites.

The beach areas in this area are placed upon the east shores of The Wash, as a consequence it is one of very few beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets are visible over the sea rather than over the land.

History of Heacham: It's in all probability more than five millenia since the first settlers turned up in the region close to Heacham, the unearthing of Neolithic and Bronze Age relics, shows evidence of this. Habitation remained there all through the Iron Age and into Roman times, while it was in all likelihood not till the fifth century that the earliest proper village was set up there. The name is reported to be derived from the title of a local Lord of the Manor during the 1300s, Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is no compelling evidence that this is a fact. Still another thought it was named after the close by River Hitch.

Registered in the Domesday Book (1086) as being included in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village at that stage had 143 households (pretty big for the times) and the head of the manor was William of Warenne. Before the Norman Conquest of 1066 the region was ruled by two Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was subsequently under the control of Cluniac Monks, right up until after the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk (Thomas Howard).

The most ancient remaining structure in the village is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, which is built in Norman style and dates from 1230, a bell in the tower is in truth still earlier than this, dating from roughly 1100, one of the most ancient bells still surviving in England. The village sign and a tablet in the church remind visitors of the famous links with the red indian princess, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was just twenty two when she died three years later, nonetheless she gave birth to a son called Tom, he later on returned to America. Heacham Hall endured for centuries but was eventually destroyed by fire in the 1940s.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was founded in Heacham with a partnership being created involving local nurseryman called Linn Chilvers and local landowner Francis Dusgate, to develop the cultivating and distilling of lavender and associated merchandise. A few years later there were one hundred acres covered in lavender plants. Ever since then the company has grown dramatically, and fresh varieties have been created. Lavender is now exported all throughout the world.

The village can be reached by way of the A149 and the B1454, it is roughly 3 miles (5 kilometres) from Hunstanton, fourteen miles from King's Lynn, forty three miles from Norwich and about 190km (118 miles) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Snettisham Park, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Bircham Windmill, Green Quay, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, North Beach, Thursford Collection, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Grimston Warren, Creake Abbey, Green Britain Centre, Castle Acre Priory, Heacham Manor, Gibraltar Point, Playtowers, Butlins - Skegness, Holkham Beach, Lynn Museum, Fuzzy Eds, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Kids World, Paint Me Ceramics, Roydon Common, Scolt Head Island, Norfolk Lavender, Ringstead Downs, Stubborn Sands, Jennings Caravan Park, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Church Farm Museum.

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