Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for DOCKING

DOCKING, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a district in Norfolk. The village stands near the West Norfolk Junction railway, 12¼ miles S W by W of Wells; had anciently a priory, subordinate to Ivry abbey; and has now a post office‡ under Lynn, a railway station, a police station, a neat church in pointed architecture, two Methodist chapels, a national-school of 1860, a work-house built at a cost of £9, 000, and a weekly Saturday market. The parish includes the ancient suppressed parish of Summerfield or Southmere, and comprises 5, 113 acres. Real property, £9, 381 . Pop., 1, 625. Houses, 333. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £459.* Patron, Eton College, on the nomination of the Bishop of Norwich.—The sub-district contains the parishes of Docking, Great Bircham, Bircham-Tofts, Bircham-Newton, Fring, Stanhoe, Barwick, Barmer, Bagthorpe, Syderstone, East Rudham, West Rudham, and New Houghton. Acres, 28, 4 76. Pop., 5, 397. Houses, 1, 116. The district comprehends also the sub-district of Snettisham, containing the parishes of Snettisham, Ingoldisthorpe, Dersingham, Shernborne, Anmer, Holme-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton, Great Ringstead, Heacham, and Sedgeford; and the sub-district of Burnham, containing the parishes of Burnham-Westgate, Burnham-Overy, Burnham-Norton, Burnham-Deepdale, Burnham-Thorpe, Burnham-Sutton-cum-Burnham-Ulph, Waterden, South Creake, North Creake, Brancaster, Titchwell, and Thornham, and the extra-parochial tract of Choseley. Acres, 101, 136. Poor-rates, in 1862, £10, 793. Pop. in 1841, 16, 927; in 1861, 17, 596. Houses, 3, 792. Marriages in 1860, 122; births, 529, -of which 61 were illegitimate; deaths, 381, -of which 149 were at ages under 5 years, and 17 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1, 208; births, 5, 641; deaths, 3, 672. The places of worship in 1851 were 33 of the Church of England, with 8, 978 sittings; 3 of Independents, with 761 s.; 21 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 2, 330 s.; 20 of Primitive Methodists, with 1, 497 s.; and 4 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 545 s. The schools were 29 public day schools, with 1, 564 scholars; 44 private day schools, with 964 s.; 42 Sunday schools, with 2, 148 s.; and 6 evening schools for adults, with 88 s.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a district"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Docking CP/AP       Docking SubD       Docking RegD/PLU       Norfolk AncC
Place: Docking

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