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About Us

       Welcome to Docking Heritage Group The group was formed in 2007 as part of Norfolk County Council's ARCH (Archiving Rural Community… [read more]

About Us About Us

Family History

Family connections We can help you research your Docking ancestors.   We have transcripts of the following parish registers which are available… [read more]

Family History Family History


Mapping the spread of Docking Our aims Through map regression (ie the examination of as many maps from different points in time as possible, starting… [read more]

Maps Maps

Photo Collection

A PICTORIAL HISTORY Our extensive photograph collection was begun by the late Tony Arter.… [read more]

Photo Collection Photo Collection

Welcome to the website of Docking Heritage Group.

Through these pages we aim to bring you a snapshot of our activities and keep you informed of the progress we are making researching and recording the history of the ancient village of Docking in North West Norfolk.

We are always looking for new material for our village archive and if you have any photographs, newspaper cuttings,memories or artifacts we would welcome the opportunity to record them. By publishing our event diary on this website we hope you will be able to join us in the Tony Arter Heritage Room at the Ripper Hall, High Street, Docking.

The room is open most Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12 noon, including through the winter months, when some of our members will be on hand to help you with any queries you may have and show you our collection of photos, maps and other documents. A Community Information Point can also be found in the room which is available during the room opening hours.

Contact; Helena Aldis, Hon Secretary.

We look forward to meeting you through this website and welcome your feedback.



find-us-on-facebook-2-150x150Docking Heritage Group have created another way to allow people to share their photographs, stories and memories by setting up a new Facebook group called ‘Docking Community Archive. For those with a Facebook account simply click on the icon on the left, join the group and begin sharing your Docking related memories with us.



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Come and join us for our annual exhibition where you can find out more about Docking’s rich heritage and meet up with old friends. For full details Click on the poster on the left for a larger image.




In 2015 Docking Heritage Group took some of their displays on the road.

Sunday July 19th saw us in Kings Lynn for ‘Forties Lynn – Life on the Home Front’, while on Sunday July 26th, the following weekend we helped our friends at the Bircham Newton Memorial Project celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of their heritage centre.

Two very enjoyable days with a lots of new visitors showing an interest in our displays and lots of people finding out about Docking Heritage Group for the first time.

Next stop was to Gressenhall for their ‘Village at War’ weekend on Sunday August 30th and Monday August 31th. A typical Bank holiday weekend with the first day being dry and bright and the second day being wet and cool but we still have a good stream of visitors though. Lets see what 2016 brings.

Forties Lynn

Forties Lynn

Forties Lynn

Forties Lynn

Bircham Newton

Bircham Newton

Bircham Newton

Bircham Newton




Reg Wells studying his family story

On May 3rd and 4th this year Docking Heritage group held its annual exhibition in the village. Around 200 people from all over the country came along to spend time looking at our latest displays and photographs.

The main display this year was a large map and series of photographs showing the many and varied shops, trades and other businesses that have existed in Docking over the years and using the map our visitors could see if the property they were living or staying in was once home to one of those businesses. We put the updated Playford family history and tree on show which once again drew a lot of interest as did the ever popular display of school records and pictures.  A small exhibit of some of the recent archaeological finds to have been unearthed was complimented by a display of maps showing the layout and spread of the village since 1600.

On the outskirts of Docking, a series of WW1 practice trenches which were dug by the Lovat Scouts are currently being investigated and a display about these trenches and the Lovat Scouts was also on show.

One village resident, 86 year old Reg Wells was delighted to find a display about his family which Included a set of postcards found on Ebay. One of the cards was sent by his father while he was waiting to be sent to the fighting in France during WW1 while another which was censored by the military was from his brother who was ‘somewhere in France’, many of the pictures Reg had never seen before.

Other exhibits which our visitors spent time looking at were of the railway station and Docking’s police but the most popular exhibit was the display of photographs from our Heritage Collection, so much so that some people came back for a second day to finish looking at them and we had to extend the display on the Monday to allow more space for our visitors to sit and enjoy the pictures.

After yet another interesting and well attended event we look forward to seeing many more of you at our next exhibition in 2016.


1940s DANCE, MARCH 2015

Timescape in full swing

Dancers in full swing

The first event we held this year was a 1940s dance which took place at The Birches Hotel and Conference Centre at Bircham Newton. The Birches was once the Officers’ Mess at the former WW2 airfield of RAF Bircham Newton so in the year which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain it was a particularly appropriate place to hold the event.

Once again, just as last years dance was, this year saw another sell out with around 100 people enjoying an evening dancing to 1940s music which was provided by local band ‘Timescape.

It was a very successful evening and we look forward to our next one in 2016 which already being planned and is likely to sell out quickly so watch this space for more details.



Kirsteen Thorne from BBC Radio Norfolk being shown around by Helena Aldis


On the Sunday of our 2014 exhibition we had a visit from BBC Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest team as we were the holders of one of their clues for that weeks quiz.

Later in the afternoon our secretary Helena Aldis did a short telephone interview on the following programme Treasure Quest Extra Time, where she was asked about the exhibition, the heritage group and its activities. Click on the play button below to listen to her interview.


Welcome to Docking Heritage Group

Whats on

Come and join us. We have a full calendar of events that we organise or attend every year. Click on the picture to take you to the what's on page where you can find out more.


The story of our village. Find out about the buildings, railway, airfield, workhouse, trades and the people of the past. See maps of Docking for the last 400 years.[read more...]

Project: Family History

Find your ancestors. We have many transcripts available including a survey of the churchyard and war memorial to enable us to help you research your family tree. [read more...]

Project: Photo Collection

A pictorial history of Docking. We are amassing an extensive collection of photographs showing all aspects of village life. [read more...]

Can you help us?

St. Mary's Church
We are always looking for old pictures, deeds, documents, stories or memories. Tell us about your family connections with the village.
Do you have any news of archaeological finds or artefacts? All of these add to the story of Docking.
If you think you can be of help, or would like to become a member then please contact us.