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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. 1100AD 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 along with Torquay, London and Florence.

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


  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 Archived 3 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/wilde/Wildelibelowfact.html

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