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

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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

Maps

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
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.

LATEST

NEWS

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER MEETINGS 2014

Due to a clash of dates, our November meeting has moved to the following week. It will now be held on Wednesday 19th at 7pm. The talk will give a fascinating insight about how animals were used during the First World War. Do come along and join us, entry for non members is just £2.

To finish the year off we’ve decided to have a Christmas get together for all Docking Heritage Group members so our December meeting will be on Saturday 13th at the Railway Inn, Docking. Full details will be emailed to all members.

2014 COMMUNITY DIG

 

One of the test pits underway at the first of our 2014 digs

The first of our community digs took place on Saturday 21st June. The weather was warm and dry which helped add to the enjoyment that everyone who took part experienced, the odd glass of wine may also have had something to do with it as well. Some interesting finds were uncovered and the results of all the test pits have added more to the story of Docking. Our next round of digs takes place on Saturday 2nd August and if anyone is interested in joining in with an archaeological excavation just contact us. Equipment and lunch will be provided.

REVIEW OF OUR 2014 EXHIBITION – ‘DOCKING BOYS GO TO WAR’

 

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.

MYSTERY PICTURE

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.

PROJECT: VILLAGE HISTORY


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