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Norfolk: Heacham

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Heacham is about 12 miles N.N.E. of King's Lynn.


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Church Directories

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 and 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


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Emigration and Immigration

1836: Emigrants from Heacham and Kettlestone to Quebec
Names, ages, etc.

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


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 and 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


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records

Names, Personal

See Norfolk People and Families
See Norfolk People and Families

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc


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
Families Population
1801  75120524
1811  79135586
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
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.

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers

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December 2009