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

Heacham Postcode: PE31

Dialling Code for Heacham: 01485

Heacham Population: 4,707 (Census of 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Heacham: TF675372

A village and well known holiday destination having some exceptional beaches, Heacham is positioned in Norfolk, East Anglia, in between the town of Hunstanton ("Hunny") and the large town and port of Kings Lynn. The village has a population of roughly 4,700 inhabitants and is probably best known for its link with the native Indian Pocahontas, who wedded John Rolfe, a tobacco grower, who originated from Heacham. Heacham is additionally well known for its lavender fields, harvested here by the Norfolk Lavender Ltd ever since they arrived in 1932.

St Mary, Heacham, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 310386The village began to be known as a coastal resort in the 19th century, due to the building of the railway line between King's Lynn and Hunstanton in the early 1860s. This culminated in the construction of the Jubilee Bridge in the eighteen eighties to take the place of an older wood bridge. The area is still well loved today as a tourist resort, with both North and South Beaches peppered with camping and caravan parks.

The shorelines at this point are placed on the eastern banks of The Wash, as a consequence it is one of only a handful of beaches on the east coast of England where sunsets are visible over the sea instead of over the land.

History of Heacham: It is certainly over five thousand yrs since the initial human settlers arrived in the area around Heacham, the finding of Neolithic and Bronze Age relics, shows evidence of this. Habitation continued there thru the Iron Age and into the Roman period, however it was quite likely not until the 5th century when the 1st actual village was founded there. The name of the village is possibly taken from the name of a local Norman Lord during the 12th century, called Geoffrey de Hecham, even though there is not any solid evidence that this is a fact. An additional thought it was named after the nearby River Hitch.

Recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as being included in the Smethdun (Smithdon) hundred, the village at that point in time had one hundred and forty three households (making it pretty sizeable for the period) and the manor was owned by William of Warenne. Prior to the 1066 Norman Conquest the area was ruled by two Saxons, Alnoth and Toki of Walton. It was later governed by a group of Cluniac Monks, right 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 oldest surviving structure in Heacham is the St Mary the Virgin Church, which was built in the Norman style and is dated 1230, a bell in the tower is in fact even older than the church itself, dating from about 1100, meaning it is one of the most ancient bells still existing in England. Heacham's village sign along with a tablet in the church remind the villagers of the historic links with the red indian, Pocahontas who wedded John Rolfe, from Heacham Hall, in Virginia in sixteen fourteen. Pocahontas was just twenty two when she died 3 years later, but she gave birth to a son, Tom, who eventually returned to America. The hall endured for many years but was destroyed by fire in the early 1940s.

In nineteen thirty two Norfolk Lavender Ltd was set up in Heacham with a partnership being created involving a local nurseryman Linn Chilvers and local landowner Francis Dusgate, to develop the growing and processing of lavender and related merchandise. A few years later there would be over a hundred acres covered in lavender plants. Since those early beginnings the business has expanded significantly, and fresh new varieties have been produced. Lavender is today sold all around the globe.

The village can be reached from the the A149 and the B1454, it is approximately 5km (3 miles) from Hunstanton, fourteen miles from Kings Lynn, 43 miles (69 kilometres) from Norwich and about 190km (118 miles) from London.

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

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Heacham: Scolt Head Island, Kids World, Castle Acre Priory, Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Skegness Pier, Thursford Collection, Fuzzy Eds, Kartworld Skegness, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, Captain Kids Adventure World, Searles Resort Golf Club, Paint Me Ceramics, Playtowers, Wells Beach Leisure, Parrot Sanctuary, Snettisham Park, Church of St Mary the Virgin, BlackBeards Adventure Golf, Tales of the Old Gaol House, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Syderstone Common, Church Farm Museum, Boston Bowl, Searles Sea Tours, Houghton Hall, North Beach, Jennings Caravan Park, Gibraltar Point, Skegness Beach.

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Assuming that you was pleased with this information and guide to Heacham, then you might very well find a few of our alternative village and town websites beneficial, possibly the guide to Wymondham, or perhaps even the website on Kings Lynn. To search one or more of these sites, then click on the applicable resort or town name. We hope to see you return some time. Alternative towns and villages to see in East Anglia include Wymondham, Sheringham and Great Yarmouth (Norfolk).