Much of the nearest coastline is owned by the National Trust and has miles of sand dunes and saltmarshes. Brancaster Staithe on the north coast of Norfolk has a beautiful estuary and is very popular with sailors and mussels and cockles are raked out of the sands here and can be purchased locally.
Under six miles away is vibrant Burnham
Market with its good collection of shops including delicatessens, wine
merchants, galleries, homemade bakery, antique shops, as well as many
others. For golf enthusiasts there is the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club at
Brancaster, which also has mile upon mile of white sand.
George Smith - George was born in Docking in 1845 to the local shoemaker William Smith and his wife Frances of Ringstead. George became a missionary in 1871 and went to Natal in Africa. When the Zulu wars started he became attached to the British Army as their temporary chaplain. So it was that on 22nd January 1879 George was present at "he battle of Rorke's Drift", the famous Zulu engagement.
The battle was immortalized in film, one of which released in 1964 starred Michael Caine. "A rousing recreation of when an army of 4,000 Zulu warriors who had already decimated a huge British garrison; decided to attack the much smaller garrison at Rorke's Drift".
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