Goffs Oak

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Goffs Oak
Goff's Oak, The Church of St James - geograph.org.uk - 202065.jpg
St James' church
Goffs Oak is located in Hertfordshire
Goffs Oak
Goffs Oak
Location within Hertfordshire
Population8,172 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTL325035
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWaltham Cross
Postcode districtEN7
Dialling code01707
PoliceHertfordshire
FireHertfordshire
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Hertfordshire
51°42′39″N 0°04′57″W / 51.7109°N 0.0825°W / 51.7109; -0.0825Coordinates: 51°42′39″N 0°04′57″W / 51.7109°N 0.0825°W / 51.7109; -0.0825

Goffs Oak (Goff's Oak on Ordnance Survey maps) is a large village in the borough of Broxbourne in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. It lies between Cuffley and Cheshunt, just north of the M25 motorway in a slightly more rural section of the London commuter belt.

History[edit]

The village is named after the Goff family, who owned much of the land in the area, and is symbolised by the original Old Oak, said to be several hundred years old before it fell in the 1950s. Its replacement fell itself after severe damage during the storm of 1987.

The village centre is marked by a War Memorial which was unveiled on 20 December 1920[2] and 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 in 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,[3] 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.[4]

The Spurs squad, during the mid 1950s, used to run down Burton Lane as part of their "circuit" training, back to their training ground on Brookfield Lane.

Education[edit]

Local primary schools are Goffs Oak and Woodside. Goffs Academy, a secondary school previously called Goffs School, is nearby in Cheshunt.

Religion[edit]

The original Goffs Oak Methodist Church was built in 1868, but was replaced by a modern building in the 1970s. It is in Newgatestreet Road, close to the War Memorial.[5]

Notable people[edit]

Victoria Beckham was raised in the village. Fenerbache striker Robin Van Persie lived in the area. 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.[6] In April 2012, Richard Lewis was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon.[7] The former Glamorgan wicketkeeper Colin Metson, now Community and Cricket Development Manager of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, was born in the village in 1963.

Buster Miekle, a member of Unit 4 + 2 (a local group who in 1965 sang the No.1 hit song Concrete and Clay) used to live in Goffs Oak.

Transport links[edit]

The nearest railway stations to Goffs Oak are Cuffley (services to London's Kings Cross station) and Cheshunt (services to London Liverpool Street).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broxbourne Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Lowewood Museam".
  3. ^ "Timeslip".
  4. ^ "Found Locations".
  5. ^ "Goffs Oak Methodist Church". Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Sport England".
  7. ^ "RFL chairman Richard Lewis appointed Wimbledon chief exec". BBC. Retrieved 26 September 2012.

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