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Goring Yacht Club - geograph.org.uk - 246160.jpg
The yacht club, 2006
Goring-by-Sea is located in West Sussex
Goring-by-Sea shown within West Sussex
Population 7,990 (2011. Goring Ward)[1]
OS grid reference TQ111025
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WORTHING
Postcode district BN12 0
Dialling code 01903
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°48′44″N 0°25′28″W / 50.8122°N 0.42436°W / 50.8122; -0.42436Coordinates: 50°48′44″N 0°25′28″W / 50.8122°N 0.42436°W / 50.8122; -0.42436

Goring-by-Sea is a neighbourhood of the Borough of Worthing in West Sussex, England, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Worthing town centre. Since 1929 Goring has been part of the Borough of Worthing.

It is thought that the place name Goring may mean either 'Gāra's people', or 'people of the wedge-shaped strip of land'.[2] Usually known as "Goring", the "by-Sea" suffix has been added to differentiate it from the village of Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

The English Martyrs Catholic Church, dedicated to the English-Catholic Martyrs, has a copy of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Gary Bevans.[3] St Mary's, the Anglican parish church, was originally built c. 1100 CE as the Church of Our Blessed Ladye of Gorynge and was rebuilt in 1837 by Decimus Burton.[4]

Goring is served by Goring-by-Sea railway station and is thought to have been the inspiration for the name of the character Lord Goring in Oscar Wilde's play An Ideal Husband. Oscar Wilde stayed in a cottage in Goring in the summer of 1893,[5] and in "De Profundis" mentions Goring as a place where he stayed with Lord Alfred Douglas alongside with Torquay, London and Florence.

The mixed pebble and sand beach is popular for a wide variety of watersports including kitesurfing.

Pete Townshend of The Who recorded the beach sounds for the band's album Quadrophenia on Goring beach.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Worthing Ward population". Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Glover, Judith (1997), Sussex Place-Names: Their Origins and Meanings Countryside Books ISBN 978-1-85306-484-5
  4. ^ Churches in Goring-by-Sea
  5. ^ http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/wilde/Wildelibelowfact.html

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