Docking - Population 1250


Docking is situated at 200 feet or so above sea level, five miles inland from the beautiful North Sea coastline between Hunstanton and Wells.


Docking itself, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book, is laid out in an upside down “T” shape. There are several Grade II listed buildings here, intermingled with traditional flint and brick dwellings and more modern constructions. The population consists of a broad mix of young couples, older and retired folk, those who have been in this area all their lives and new arrivals from other parts of the country. The parish includes the outlying communities of Summerfield, Sunderland, Burnstalks, Docking Common, High House and Monks Close.


Docking has mainly amenities. There is a residential home for the elderly, and another one for adults with learning disabilities. There is a thriving village hall (with a heritage room under development), a surgery with its own pharmacy, a Spar shop including a Post Office, an antique shop, a blacksmith, two garages, two public houses (one with a restaurant) and a fish and chip shop. Agricultural seed merchants have large premises in the village. There are farms of various sizes round about and several small businesses; there is a Community Bus, but limited public transport. There is an active Parish Council.


In the recreational sphere, there is a large playing field, partly floodlit with a pavilion and play area. There are cubs and brownies, Royal British Legion, Bowling Clubs and Short Mat Bowling, a Horticultural Society, a Computer Club, a Heritage Group, Football and Angling Clubs, Badminton, Yoga and Keep Fit groups, a hard tennis court and many other enterprises. A mobile library calls fortnightly and a mobile police station visits monthly.


There is a Church of England Foundation Primary School with an excellent reputation, having recently been graded “Good” by OFSTED and Outstanding by a follow-up “church inspection” when it was assessed by the Registered Inspector for Church Schools as “offering the children some wonderful opportunities with a great family feel to it”. There is also an after school Bible based ‘Thursday Club’. Adjacent is a thriving Nursery school and Playgroup. Secondary education is at Hunstanton.


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