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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.




Docking 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.

1940’s DANCE 2018




A fun filled filled night is in store at our fourth 1940’s dance. Come and join us for an evening of entertainment.


Docking Heritage Group will be holding a Village Dig on Saturday July 15th. We have three neighbouring sites this year so require a team of about 18 between the three pits. If you fancy a day of digging, sieving, washing finds and general fun and banter let us know. Although its a fun day we do work to strict test pitting guidelines and all our finds are catalogued and marked on the NHR map. You do need to be fairly fit as all the tasks are strenuous, even laying on the ground scraping soil.
We have been very lucky in the past and the weather has never been so bad we have had to abandon the dig but rest assured we do not dig in adverse conditions.
You can contact us through the website or via our Facebook page.


2017 sees Docking Heritage Group celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Since our formation in 2007 we’ve grown from a small group of people meeting in the room of a house to a group that now has over 50 members, a heritage room which we open once a week and worldwide contacts through a website and two social media pages. We’ve also met a great many people at our own annual exhibitions and at other local history events around Norfolk where we’ve put on displays. We also give talks to other groups as well.

During the last 10 years we’ve managed to carry out research into most aspects of the village but there’s still a lot more to do.

We hope you can join us during the year to help us with some of our work and to help us celebrate our birthday.



In a change to our calendar of events for our anniversary year, instead of our usual exhibition we are organising a Local History Fair. The event will take place on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May in both the Ripper Hall and St Marys Church in Docking.

We have more than 20 other local organisations joining us for the weekend where they’ll be showcasing their own research so this year not only can you find out about the history of Docking through a variety of displays and photographs but from many other places in West Norfolk as well.

We look forward to welcoming lots of visitors and friends both old and new.




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.