"HEACHAM, 14 miles N.N.E. of Lynn, is a large and scattered village, on the sea-coast, sheltered behind by a bold acclivity, at the foot of which a small rivulet flows across the salt-marsh to the flat beach, where there is no harbour for shipping, though coal vessels and other small craft unlade their cargoes on the sands. The parish has increased its population, since 1801, from 524 to 811 souls, and contains 3,514 acres. The principal owners of the soil are Henry L'Estrange Styleman Le Strange, Esq., the Rev. S.C.E.N. Rolfe, M.A., and Miss Davy. . . . The CHURCH (St. Mary,) has a square tower, rising between the nave and chancel, and formerly had transepts. It is a handsome structure, in which a new gallery and organ have recently been erected by the vicar, who has made other improvements in the interior. Here are inscriptions to the Redmaynes and Rolfes. One of the latter family sailed with Sir Walter Raleigh, in his voyages of discovery, and married the princess Powhatani, daughter of one of the most celebrated Indian chiefs, which greatly facilitated the friendly intercourse between the natives and the English." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Paul Beesley]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Heacham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.

Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description, history, pictures, services, newsletter, etc..
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Services, description, picture, etc.
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages 1558-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 2.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Heacham was in Docking Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Description, pictures, events, organisations, businesses, parish council, etc.
Lingwood, Lemmon
Jarrold's Guide to Hunstanton.
The illustrated handbook to Hunstanton and neighbourhood, including Sandringham, Castle Rising, King's Lynn, Heacham, West Newton, and Snettisham.
[Norwich, Jarrold, 1900s]
Sternberg, Joan
Don't tread on the butterflies: memoirs of a childhood in Heacham and Stiffkey, 1912-1932.
[ISBN 0948400943, Dereham, Larks Press, 2000]
Festing, Sally
The Story of Lavender.
[ISBN 0907335055, London Borough of Sutton Libraries and Arts Services, 1984]
Head, Henry
Norfolk lavender: a family business.
[ISBN 071171102X, Jarrold, 1999]
Norfolk Lavender Limited
The story of Norfolk Lavender.
[Heacham, 1980s]
Heacham Post Mill
Description, history and map.
Heacham Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Heacham which are provided by:


Emigration & Immigration




Historical Geography

Heacham is in Smithdon Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Smithdon Hundred
Description of Smithdon Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Heacham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Gunther, A.E.
A Guide to Heacham, its history and architecture, etc.
[Heacham, 1963]
Gunther, A.E.
The Age of Heacham's Older Buildings, 1726-1890.
Lewton-Brain, C.H.
The archaeology of Heacham and the adjoining areas.
[King's Lynn, East Midlands Printing, 1967]
Lowerison, Harry
From paleolith to motor car. Or Heacham tales.
[A.J., 1906]
Neville-Rolfe, C.W.
Heacham in the fifties [1850s].
[London, Clement Ingleby, in "A Supplement to Blomefield's Norfolk, 1929]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Heacham Inclosure Act, 1780.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing, the lands and grounds within the parish of Heacham.
[Independently printed edition, 1780]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF681374 (Lat/Lon: 52.908074, 0.497558), Heacham which are provided by:


Military Records


Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year  Inhabited
1801  75120524
1811  79135586
Year  Inhabited
1861226--  990
1871230253  992
1881238243  998
1891245249  989

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1901 Census
"By Local Government Board Order, No. 43,635, which came into operation on 1st April, 1902, the Civil Parish and Urban District of New Hunstanton was extended to include parts of the Civil Parishes of Heacham and Hunstanton. Neither part contained houses or population."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 1764, 65 were in 2 large establishments or institutions.