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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. One of our members will always be on hand to help you with any queries you may have and show you our collection of photos, maps and other documents.

Contact; Helena Aldis, Hon Secretary.

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




img060 Join us on Sunday May 3rd and Monday May 4th at the Ripper Hall in Docking to see the results of many hours of work. There’ll be lots of interesting displays and many hundreds of photographs to see so for those with an established connection to Docking it’s a great way to re-unite yourselves with old friends and the village you once knew and for those who are new to the village it’s the ideal way to learn about the history of Docking. Come along and share your memories and stories of our village and if you have any photographs or slides with a Docking connection, why not bring them along as well and let us copy them. We’re open between 11am and 4pm on both days. Hope to see you all there.


After a winter break our heritage room opens again for business on Wednesday 4th March between 10am and 12 noon. We hope you can join us.


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.

1940s DANCE

2015 sees the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 70th anniversary of VE Day and to mark the occasions why not join us for a 40s dance with music by local band “Timescape”. Saturday 28th March 7pm till 10.30pm. The venue is “The Birches” former Officers’ Mess on the old WW2 airbase of RAF Bircham Newton. Add to the atmosphere and help us to bring a part of the airbase to life by coming dressed in period costume (optional). We’d like to try and get as many people in RAF outfits as possible to make the venue look like it once did. Entry is by ticket only, £12 each. Fully Licensed bar. Those of you or any of your family or friends who would like to come but may have to travel some distance, The Birches offers weekend accommodation. Please book with them direct on 0800 2804343 or see http://www.citb.co.uk/the-birches/accommodation-rates/ for more details. m_0001_0001




Early visitors to our 2014 exhibition

On May 4th and 5th this year Docking Heritage group held its annual exhibition in the village. It was one of the best attended of our exhibitions so far with around 270 people calling in to see the results of our work. Everyone who attended spent time studying the many fascinating exhibits and meeting up with friends and family. This year we remembered the ‘Docking Boys’ who went to serve in the 1914-18 war. The main displays contained short illustrated biographies of a selection of our Docking boys and maps of where they were fighting . As well as the main display we had photographs of Docking school classes and sports teams and there was a chance to see the log books from the time; parish registers transcripts were also on show to help with family history research.  Visitors also had the chance to discover how the first zeppelin raid impacted on Norfolk. Mark Taylor from Time Trippers provided activities for children with arts and crafts and dressing up in period costume, and we had a wonderful display of hand embroidered silk postcards which had been sent from France in WW1 by a husband to his wife who was living in Kings Lynn at the time. Docking Heritage Group has an extensive collection of local photographs, almost 4500; one on-going project is to enlarge them all to A4 size and the first part of the collection which has been printed out was on display during the weekend. It consisted mainly of individuals and family groups and many of our visitors spent time looking through the pictures and recognised a number of familiar faces and village characters.  Our visitors were also able to view a display of finds unearthed by the group as part of our community dig project and talk to one of Norfolk’s community archaeologists about these digs. Members of the West Norfolk Metal Detecting Club were on hand to help identify any finds and explain about metal detecting.  On Sunday 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.

To everyone who helped out and to all our visitors, thank you for making this years exhibition such a success, and if you missed this years event, our 2015 exhibition is already at the planning stage so keep watching this website and our Facebook page for details of it and all of our other events.


A new addition to our website is a mystery picture. It can be found on the Photo Collection page and shows one of the pictures of people from our collection who we don’t have names for. Do you know who they are? These pictures will be changed on a regular basis.

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.

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Map of Docking