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 735 souls, and contains 3465A. 2R. 25P. of land, all arable, except 909A. in pasturage, 146 in waste, and 64A. of plantations.
The principal owners of the soil are Henry L'Estrange Styleman, Esq., Edmund Rolfe, Esq., and the Rev. Martin Davy. The two latter have handsome seats here, called the Hall and the Lodge, and the first is lord of the manor, impropriator, and patron of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6. 13s. 4d., augmented in 1779 with £200 of Queen Anne's bounty, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Henry North.
The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Mary, has a square tower, rising between the nave and chancel, and formerly had transepts. 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 Pocahon [sic], daughter of one of the most celebrated Indian chiefs, which greatly facilitated the friendly intercourse between the natives and the English.
The Independent Chapel, built here in 1832, is under the ministry of the Rev. P. Kent.
The School was founded by subscription, in 1815, for 25 free scholars.
Ths [sic] poor's land, allotted at the enclosure in 1780, is let for £10. 10s., and a cottage for £3; besides which, the poor have two yearly rent-charges of 10s. each; but the donors are unknown.
Allen Thomas schoolmaster Bly Benjamin wheelwright Bradfield James maltster and coal merchant Bradfield Robt. grocer & draper Browne Robert tailor Heugh Henry tailor Davy Miss E. [see note below] Davy Rev. Martin, D.D. master of Corpus Christi College, The Lodge Dawes William joiner Ellis Robert corn miller Filbey Wm. ale & porter mert. Granger Robert blacksmith Kent Rev. Philip Indpt. Min. May Rev. James, B.A. curate North Miss Ann [see note below] Nurse Robert bricklayer Pigge Andrew gentleman Richardson Clement tinner, &c. Robinson W. butcher [see note below] Rolfe Edm. Esq. Heacham Hall Roythorne Edm. & Jas. coal dlrs. Silcock George auctioneer Simpson John maltster & beerhs. Spanton William miller & baker Wagg James baker Wilton T. butcher [see note below] Yaxley Cath. vict., Wheat Sheaf Farmers. Bly William Harrison John Carter Mrs. Land William Clement Stagg Rix Benjamin Clowes Francis Rix Henry Duffield Thos. Rix William Foule Robert Wells Robert Shoemakers. Andrews Robt. Collings Wm. Hooks Robert Jarrett WilliamThe Mail to Wells, at ¼ before 9 mng., & to Lynn at ½ p. 5 evg., leaves letters at Ths. Granger's.
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