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

Postcode for Heacham: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

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

Heacham Ordnance Survey Map Reference: TF675372

A village and popular vacation destination having some great beaches, Heacham is found in the county of Norfolk, between the holiday resort of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the port and town of Kings Lynn. Heacham has a population of around four thousand seven hundred occupants and is possibly most commonly known for its historic connections with the Indian native Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco merchant, who originated in Heacham. The village is also well known for its fields of lavender, nurtured here by Norfolk Lavender Ltd since they came to the area in the nineteen thirties.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village started to get fashionable as a seaside resort in the 19th century, mainly because of the coming of the rail line between Hunstanton and Kings Lynn in the early eighteen sixties. That culminated in the building of the Jubilee Bridge in the 1880's to take the place of an olden wooden bridge. The village continues to be favoured nowadays as a tourist resort, with both the South Beach and North Beach dotted with caravan and camping parks.

The seashores in this area are placed upon the easterly shores of The Wash, this means it's one of the few beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets are visible over the sea and not over the land.

Heacham's History: It is likely roughly five thousand years since the earliest settlers arrived in the area around Heacham, and the finding of Bronze Age and Neolithic artifacts, gives evidence of this. Settlement continued in the area through the Iron Age and into Roman times, whilst it was most probably not until the fifth century when the earliest true village was established there. The name "Heacham" is said to be derived from the title of a local Norman Lord during the 1300s, Geoffrey de Hecham, though there isn't any compelling evidence that this is the truth. The other idea it was named after the close by River Hitch.

Reported in the Domesday Book (1086) as being in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village back then supported one hundred and forty three households (making it pretty big for this times) and the manor came under the control of William of Warenne. Up until the Norman Conquest of 1066 the area was ruled by 2 Saxons, Toki of Walton and Alnoth. It was thereafter governed by Cluniac Monks, right until following the Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries, at which time the Lord of the Manor was the Duke of Norfolk.

The oldest surviving structure in Heacham is the St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, built in Norman style and is dated twelve thirty, one of its bells is actually still earlier, dating from around eleven hundred, meaning it is one of the most ancient bells still in existence in England. The village sign and a tablet inside the church remind visitors of the historic ties with the indian princess, Pocahontas who married John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in 1614. Pocahontas (Rebecca) was only twenty two when she died 3 years later, nevertheless she produced a son, Tom, he later went back to America. Heacham Hall survived for centuries but was destroyed by fire during the Second World War.

In the early 1930's Norfolk Lavender Ltd was formed in Heacham with a partnership being set up involving local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and a landowner named Francis Dusgate, with the objective of growing and processing of lavender and related merchandise. By 1936 there was destined to be one hundred acres under cultivation. Ever since these beginnings the business has evolved appreciably, and different varieties have been raised. Lavender is now exported all throughout the world.

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

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Captain Willies Activity Centre, Kids World, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, Snettisham Beach, Syderstone Common, Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Hunstanton Beach, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Batemans Brewery Visitors Centre, Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Searles Leisure Resort, Blackborough End Equestrian Centre, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Deer Safari at Snettisham Park, Houghton Hall, South Beach, Roydon Common, Lynn Museum, High Tower Shooting School, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Brancaster Bay, Bishops Boats Seal Trips, Central Beach Skegness, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Parrot Zoo, Searles Sea Tours, Skegness Pier, Strikes, Holkham National Nature Reserve.

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Provided you took pleasure in this guide and information to Heacham, East Anglia, then you might very well find various of our different town and village guides worth a visit, for instance the website about Wymondham in South Norfolk, or even maybe our website about King's Lynn (Norfolk). To go to any of these sites, you should just click the applicable town name. We hope to see you again some time in the near future. Similar spots to travel to in Norfolk include Thetford, Norwich and Great Yarmouth.