Goffs Oak

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Goffs Oak
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St James' church
Goffs Oak is located in Hertfordshire
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Goffs Oak shown within Hertfordshire
Population 8,172 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid reference TL325035
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Waltham Cross
Postcode district EN7
Dialling code 01707
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
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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 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.

History[edit]

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.[2] 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,[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]

Education[edit]

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.

Religion[edit]

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.

Notable people[edit]

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.[5] In April 2012, Richard Lewis was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon.[6] The former Glamorgan wicketkeeper Colin Metson, now Community and Cricket Development Manager of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, was born in the village in 1963.

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. ^ "Sport England". 
  6. ^ "RFL chairman Richard Lewis appointed Wimbledon chief exec". BBC. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 

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