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Docking Saint Mary's Church

Docking Saint Mary's Church,



Docking Saint Mary's Church, This church, nearly in the middle of the village, is a Grade II listed building; the oldest visible parts of this great church are in the chancel, which was built shortly before the Black Death of 1349. No doubt there was a church on this site long before that, and it is even linked with the name of Aelfric, Bishop of Elmham in 1038. The 80 foot tower is extremely massive for a Norfolk village and was built at the time of the battle of Agincourt, 1415, graffiti, porch, font, pews, stained glass, the chancel was completed around 1348, this during the reign of King Edward III.  Docking Saint Mary's Church, square west tower, a clock and 6 bells, nave with north aisle and south porch, The chancel is Decorated period with a very fine east window, but the rest of the fabric is Perpendicular period, all except for modern restorations. There are several monuments to the Hare family. The font is beautifully carved but badly mutilated. Many of the internal fittings are modern. Docking holds its head high, this quiet upland town, more of a village lies in the middle of a star of five roads, once a hive of industry, with a bakery factory (Wagg's) and an RAF base to its name. The former has since gone and the latter turned into Bircham Newton Training centre. Near the church the wooden stocks stand under the shelter built to keep this relic of Merrie England from decay. The church is chiefly built in the 15th century, but most of the chancel, with its fine windows is nearly twice as old. Older still is part of a Norman pillar in  a niche in the nave. The treasure of this big barn like church is the richly carved but battered 15th century font, with seated figures of Apostles. Also standing figures of symbols with babies. Among many memorials to the Hares is the oak eagle lectern, it has Evangelistic symbols at the foot, to Hannah Hare of 1882 and a brass to Hugh James Hare, rector for 55 years. Docking Saint Mary's Church, Post code is PE31 8LH.
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church



Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church
Docking Saint Mary's Church