Heacham

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For a traditional family holiday by the sea, Heacham is the perfect destination. With Long beaches, amusements and shops on offer, Heacham makes for an excellent destination, perfect for the traditional seaside holiday.

Heacham is a great location for a family holiday with plenty of local shops and attractions such as the lavender fields which now house exotic animals. There are lovely restaurants and several pubs. Accomodation is not a problem, there’s holiday parks, cottages and bed and breakfasts available.

Its name purportedly derives from a 12th-century Norman lord, Geoffrey de Hecham. Although this is possible, it is unlikely as the name ‘de Hecham’ literally means ‘of Hecham’ implying the place name was already in existence.

Heacham started to become popular as a seaside resort with the Victorians due to the opening of the railway line between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton in the early 1860s. This culminated in the building of the Jubilee Bridge in 1887 to replace an old wooden bridge as a result of oversubscriptions from parishioners in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The town is linked with Pocohantos the Indian Princess. You can find a carving of the Princess near the local church St. Mary’s.

On 29 July 1929 Miss Mercedes Gleitze became the first woman to swim the Wash. Originally aiming for Hunstanton she finally came ashore at Heacham after battling treacherous tides for over 13 hours.

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