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St James' church
|Goffs Oak shown within Hertfordshire|
|Population||8,172 (2011 Census. Ward)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Waltham Cross|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Goffs Oak is a large village in the borough of Broxbourne in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. It is situated between Cuffley and Cheshunt, just north of the M25 motorway in a slightly more rural section of the London commuter belt.
The village is named after the Goff family, who owned much of the land in the area, and symbolised by the original Old Oak, said to be several hundred years old before it fell in the 1950s. Its replacement fell itself in 1987 after severe damage during the storm of 1987.
The village centre is marked by a War Memorial which was unveiled on 20 December 1920. It is inscribed with the names of 32 men from the village who were killed in the First World War. A further three names were added following the Second World War. The houses north-east of the memorial were originally the police station. Next to the police station was a civil defence siren which was regularly tested through the 1960s, as part of the national defence at the height of the Cold War. The siren could be heard across the whole village area.
Goffs Oak has been used as a film location. In the 1970s, Timeslip, a popular children's science fiction series, was filmed at Burnt Farm Army Camp in Silver Street. Gerry Anderson's, The Protectors, filmed in the 1970s and starring Robert Vaughn also used the former army camp as a location.
Goffs Oak has a number of schools including Goffs Oak and Woodside.
There are a number of Pre-Schools including Goffs Oak Pre-School located in Goffs Oak Village Hall.
The original Goffs Oak Methodist Church was built in 1868, but was replaced by a modern building in the 1970s. It is situated in Newgatestreet Road, close to the War Memorial. http://www.goffsoakmethodistchurch.org.uk.
A number of celebrities, including Victoria Beckham and Fenerbache striker Robin Van Persie, have lived in or around the village. The tennis player Richard Lewis lived in Jones Road, Goffs Oak, and attended Goffs School during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He went on to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup, and is now Chair of SportEngland. In April 2012, Richard Lewis was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon. The former Glamorgan wicketkeeper Colin Metson, now Community and Cricket Development Manager of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, was born in the village in 1963.
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