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St Michaels church in Hockering (geograph 1920315).jpg
St Michael's Church
Hockering is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area8.10 km2 (3.13 sq mi)
Population711 (2011 census)[1]
• Density88/km2 (230/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG077130
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDEREHAM
Postcode districtNR20
Dialling code01603
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°40′30″N 1°04′16″E / 52.675°N 1.071°E / 52.675; 1.071Coordinates: 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] being measured at 711 in the 2011 Census.

The villages name means 'dwellers at the rounded hill' or perhaps, 'rounded hill place'.


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. 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 Norfolk & Suffolk 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 (since 2009) by a Conservative councillor, Bill Borrett. Since the 2015 boundary changes it is within the new Upper Wensum ward of Breckland District Council, which is currently represented by two Conservative councillors, Bill Borrett and Gordon Bambridge.[3]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ "2007/2008 Yearbook - Parish Information". Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b Hockering parish Archived 10 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Inspection Report, Hockering Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School: Inspection Report[permanent dead link], Ofsted, 6–7 December 2010