Goring-on-Thames (or Goring) is a village and civil parish on the River Thames in South Oxfordshire, England, about 5.5 miles (8.9 km) south of Wallingford and 8 miles (13 km) north-west of Reading. Goring has a railway station on the main line between Oxford and London. Most land is farmland, with woodland on the Goring Gap outcrop of the Chiltern Hills. Its riverside plain consists of the residential area, including a high street with a few shops, public houses and restaurants. Nearby are the village's churches – one dedicated to St Thomas Becket has a nave built within 50 years of the saint's death, in the early 13th century, and a later bell tower. Goring faces the smaller Streatley across the Thames. The two villages are linked by Goring and Streatley Bridge.
Goring mill and parish church from the bridge
|Area||9.61 km2 (3.71 sq mi)|
|Population||3,187 (2011 census)|
|• Density||332/km2 (860/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Goring Parish Council|
- 1 Geography
- 2 Early history
- 3 Religious sites
- 4 Amenities
- 5 Awards
- 6 Miscellaneous
- 7 Twin town
- 8 Notable residents
- 9 Nearest places
- 10 References
- 11 Sources
- 12 External links
Goring is on the left bank of the River Thames, in the Goring Gap which separates the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills. The village is about 8 miles (13 km) north-west of Reading and 16 miles (26 km) south of Oxford. Immediately across the river is the Berkshire village of Streatley, and the two are often considered as twin villages, linked by Goring and Streatley Bridge and its adjacent lock and weir. The Thames Path, Icknield Way and the Ridgeway cross the Thames at Goring. The Great Western Main Line railway passes through Goring, and Goring & Streatley railway station in the village is served by Great Western Railway trains running between London Paddington, Reading and Didcot.
The Church of England parish church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury is Norman, built early in the 12th century. The bell-stage of St Thomas's bell tower was added in the 15th century and has a ring of eight bells, one of which dates from 1290. The rood screen is carved from wood taken from HMS Thunderer (1783), one of Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar. The church hall was added in 1901. The Anglican Churches of Goring, Streatley and South Stoke form a United Benefice. A priory of Augustinian nuns was built late in the 12th century with its own priory church adjoining St Thomas's. The priory survived until the early part of the 16th century when it was suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries and then demolished. The foundations of the priory church, cloister, dormitory, vestry, chapter house and parlour were excavated in 1892.
Goring Free Church is a member of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion. The congregation was founded in 1788 and its first chapel was built in 1793. At its centenary, in 1893, a new church building was added and the original chapel became the church hall. It holds Sunday services at 10.30 am and 6.30 pm.
The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and Saint John was designed by the architect William Ravenscroft and built in 1898. It is now part of a single parish with the Roman Catholic Church of Christ the King in Woodcote.
Goring United Football Club plays in the Reading Football League. Goring-on-Thames Cricket Club was founded in 1876. Two of its teams play in the Berkshire Cricket League. Goring has also a lawn tennis club with teams that play in two local leagues. Goring and Streatley Golf Club is located in the adjoining village of Streatley.
Goring on Thames Decorative and Fine Arts Society was founded in 1987 and is a member of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. Goring has a Women's Institute.
The local bus service between Goring and Wallingford is run by the Goring-based community interest company Going Forward Buses, established in December 2016.
Oxfordshire Village of the Year 2009Edit
On 10 July 2009, Goring was named Oxfordshire's Village of the Year, ahead of 11 other villages and taking the title from neighbouring Woodcote. The £1000 prize will be put towards the village's hydro-electric project to generate electricity from the river Thames.
The competition looks at the depth of the infrastructure and activity within the village and Goring's plans to raise £1m to fund the hydro-electric project was instrumental to its success.
Calor Village of the Year – South England Regional Winner 2009/2010Edit
Britain in BloomEdit
Goring is a finalist in the small towns category of the Britain in Bloom contest in 2019.
In the summer of 1893, Oscar Wilde stayed at Ferry House in Goring with Lord Alfred Douglas. There, Wilde began writing his play An Ideal Husband, which includes a major character named Lord Goring. An enlarged Ferry Cottage was the home in retirement of Sir Arthur Harris, the wartime leader of RAF Bomber Command, from 1953 until his death in 1984. Pop star George Michael, in his later years, had a home at Mill Cottage close to the river and was found dead there on Boxing Day 2016.
In order of birth:
- Sir John Soane (1753–1837), architect, was born in Goring.
- Thomas Rome (1838–1916), Australian politician, died in Goring.
- Digby Willoughby (1845–1901), military mercenary, died in Goring.
- Aubrey Strahan (1852–1928), geologist, retired to Goring.
- Noel Denholm Davis (1876–1950), portrait painter, died in Goring.
- Thomas Miller (1883–1962), first-class cricketer, died in Goring.
- C. H. Dodd (1884–1973), theologian who directed the translation of the New English Bible, died in Goring.
- Henry Harwood (1888–1950), World War II admiral
- Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet (1892–1984), World War II RAF air marshal
- William Allmond Codrington Goode (1907–1986), first head of state of Singapore, died in Goring.
- Ken Walker (1922–1989), first-class cricketer, died in Goring.
- Anton Rogers (1933–2007), actor
- Sir John Thomson (1941–1994), RAF Air Chief Marshal
- Jon Lord (1941–2012), composer, pianist and rock/classical pioneer, lived in Goring in later life.
- Pete Townshend (born 1945), musician (The Who)
- George Michael (1963–2016), musician, vocalist and producer
- Key Statistics: Dwellings; Quick Statistics: Population Density; Physical Environment: Land Use Survey 2005
- Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 201.
- Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, p. 614.
- The Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Reading Branch: Goring-on-Thames Archived 6 September 2012 at Archive.today
- Christopher Winn: I Never Knew That about the Thames (London: Ebury Press, 2010), p. 77.
- Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, p. 615.
- Services. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
- Page, 1907, pp. 103–104
- Goring Free Church: Our History
- Service times. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
- The Catholic Parish of Our Lady & St John & Christ the King
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1059528)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 November 2014. Flint House - Grade II listing.
- Goring United Football Club: Saturday 1st team - Division 1
- GardinersWorld: Our History Archived 2 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Berkshire Cricket League Archived 4 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Goring Tennis Club: League Teams
- Goring on Thames Decorative and Fine Arts Society
- Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes
- BBC News, Oxfordshire. Goring Named Village of the Year
- Goring & Streatley Sustainability Group
- Goring on Thames Celebrates Regional Success. Village wins through for South England in national competition Archived 3 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Christopher Winn: I Never Knew..., p. 78.
- Evans, Sophie Jane (11 February 2014). "You've got to have faith! Pop star George Michael hopes the rising River Thames won't wreck his country manor as the flooding reaches his door". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
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