Goring-on-Thames

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Goring-on-Thames
GoringMill01.JPG
Goring mill and parish church from the bridge
Goring-on-Thames is located in Oxfordshire
Goring-on-Thames
Goring-on-Thames
 Goring-on-Thames shown within Oxfordshire
Population 3,104 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU6080
Civil parish Goring
District South Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Reading
Postcode district RG8
Dialling code 01491
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Henley
Website Goring Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire

Coordinates: 51°31′23″N 1°08′06″W / 51.523°N 1.135°W / 51.523; -1.135

Goring-on-Thames (or Goring) is a large village and civil parish on the River Thames in South Oxfordshire, about 5.5 miles (8.9 km) south of Wallingford.

Geography[edit]

Goring is on the north 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) northwest 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 local First Great Western trains running between Reading and Oxford.

Religious sites[edit]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury is Norman, built early in the 12th century.[2] The bell-stage of St. Thomas's bell tower was added in the 15th century[2] and has a ring of eight bells,[3] 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.[4] The church hall was added in 1901.[5]

A priory of Augustinian nuns was built late in the 12th century with its own priory church adjoining St. Thomas's.[2] The priory survived until the early part of the 16th century[6] 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.[5]

Goring Free Church is a member of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion.[7] The congregation was founded in 1788 and its first chapel was built in 1793.[7] At its centenary in 1893 a new church building was added[5] and the original chapel became the church hall.[7]

The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and Saint John was designed by the architect William Ravenscroft and built in 1898.[5] It is now part of a single parish with the Roman Catholic Church of Christ the King in Woodcote.[8]

Amenities[edit]

Goring United Football Club plays in the Reading Football League.[9] Goring-on-Thames Cricket Club was founded in 1876.[10] Two of its teams play in the Berkshire Cricket League.[11] Goring has also a lawn tennis club with teams that play in two local leagues.[12] 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 & Fine Arts Societies[13] Goring has a Women's Institute.[14]

Awards[edit]

Oxfordshire Village of the Year 2009[edit]

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.[15] The £1000 prize will be put towards the village's hydro-electric project[16] 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 2009/2010[edit]

Goring-on-Thames was the Overall Regional Winner as well as winner in the Sustainability and Communications categories of the Calor Village of the Year regional heat for South England.[17]

In popular culture[edit]

In the summer of 1893, Oscar Wilde stayed at Ferry Cottage 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.[18]

Goring featured in a 5-minute clip of the CBBC series Dick and Dom in da Bungalow in which a puppet cat visits towns making irreverent comments about the people and the monuments that it came across. The clip can be seen on "Da Bungalow Online".[19]

Twin town[edit]

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