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St Michaels church in Hockering (geograph 1920315).jpg
St Michael's Church
Hockering is located in Norfolk
 Hockering shown within Norfolk
Area  8.10 km2 (3.13 sq mi)
Population 628 (2001 census[1])
   – density  78/km2 (200/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG077130
District Breckland
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DEREHAM
Postcode district NR20
Dialling code 01603
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Norfolk
List of places

Coordinates: 52°40′30″N 1°04′16″E / 52.675°N 1.071°E / 52.675; 1.071

Hockering is a village and civil parish in Norfolk, England. At the 2001 census the parish had a population of 628. By 2007 the district estimated that this had risen to 665.[2]


The parish has an area of 8.10 square kilometres (3.13 sq mi)[3] The village is around 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Dereham and around 10 miles (16 km) west of Norwich.


Hockering Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School is a small village school which takes children from Hockering and surrounding villages. It has a friendly, family atmosphere and its small, mixed-age classes enable children to receive a personalised education appropriate to their ability. An Ofsted inspection in December 2010 rated Hockering Primary School as good overall and as satisfactory or better in all respects. It was scored as outstanding for the effectiveness of care, guidance and support, for effectiveness of promoting learning and well-being, and for the extent to which children feel safe.[4]


Hockering has a fairly wide range of facilities for a village of its size. As well as the school, it has a village hall, a church (C of E), a playing field, a pub and a garage which includes a post office and a shop.


Hockering is just off the A47 between Norwich and Dereham. It is served by the First Eastern Counties X1 bus service from Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Norwich to Dereham, King's Lynn and Peterborough.


The parish lies in the Elmham and Mattishall division of Norfolk County Council and is currently represented by a Conservative councillor, Bill Borrett. It is within the Two Rivers ward of the Breckland local government district, which is currently represented by two Conservative councillors, Paul Claussen and Brian Rose.[3]