Goring mill and parish church from the bridge
Goring-on-Thames shown within Oxfordshire
|Area||9.61 km2 (3.71 sq mi)|
|Population||3,187 (2011 census)|
|– density||332/km2 (860/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Goring Parish Council|
Goring-on-Thames (or Goring) is a relatively large village and civil parish on the Thames in South Oxfordshire, about 5.5 miles (8.9 km) south of Wallingford and 8 miles (13 km) north-west of Reading. It has a railway station on the main line between Oxford and London in the nucleus of the village. As a civil parish, most of the land is farmed and woodland on the Goring Gap outcrop of the Chiltern Hills. Its riverside plain is made up of the residential area of the village including its high street which has a few shops, public houses and restaurants. Neighbouring this street are the village's churches, one of which, to Saint Thomas Becket has a nave built in the 50 years after his death in the early 13th century, a later bell tower. The village faces Streatley and is connected to that village, which has a lower population and a large riverside hotel, by Goring and Streatley Bridge.
Goring is on the north bank of the River Thames, in the Goring Gap which separates the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills. The village is about 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Reading and 16 miles (26 km) south of Oxford. Immediately across the river is the Berkshire village of Streatley, and the two are often considered as twin villages, linked by Goring and Streatley Bridge and its adjacent lock and weir. The Thames Path, Icknield Way and the Ridgeway cross the Thames at Goring. The Great Western Main Line railway passes through Goring, and Goring & Streatley railway station in the village is served by local First Great Western trains running between Reading and Oxford.
The Church of England parish church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury is Norman, built early in the 12th century. The bell-stage of St. Thomas's bell tower was added in the 15th century and has a ring of eight bells, one of which dates from 1290. The rood screen is carved from wood taken from HMS Thunderer (1783), one of Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar. The church hall was added in 1901.
A priory of Augustinian nuns was built late in the 12th century with its own priory church adjoining St. Thomas's. The priory survived until the early part of the 16th century when it was suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries and then demolished. The foundations of the priory church, cloister, dormitory, vestry, chapter house and parlour were excavated in 1892.
Goring Free Church is a member of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion. The congregation was founded in 1788 and its first chapel was built in 1793. At its centenary in 1893 a new church building was added and the original chapel became the church hall.
The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and Saint John was designed by the architect William Ravenscroft and built in 1898. It is now part of a single parish with the Roman Catholic Church of Christ the King in Woodcote.
Goring United Football Club plays in the Reading Football League. Goring-on-Thames Cricket Club was founded in 1876. Two of its teams play in the Berkshire Cricket League. Goring has also a lawn tennis club with teams that play in two local leagues. Goring and Streatley Golf Club is located in the adjoining village of Streatley.
Oxfordshire Village of the Year 2009
On 10 July 2009 Goring was named Oxfordshire's Village of the Year, ahead of 11 other villages and taking the title from neighbouring Woodcote. The £1000 prize will be put towards the village's hydro-electric project to generate electricity from the river Thames.
The competition looks at the depth of the infrastructure and activity within the village and Goring's plans to raise £1m to fund the hydro-electric project was instrumental to its success.
Calor Village of the Year - South England Regional Winner 2009/2010
References in drama, fiction and the media
In the summer of 1893, Oscar Wilde stayed at Ferry Cottage in Goring with Lord Alfred Douglas. There Wilde began writing his play An Ideal Husband, which includes a major character named Lord Goring. An enlarged Ferry Cottage was the home in retirement of Sir Arthur Harris, the wartime leader of RAF Bomber Command, from 1953 until his death in 1984.
Goring featured in a 5-minute clip of the CBBC series Dick and Dom in da Bungalow in which a puppet cat visits towns making irreverent comments about the people and the monuments that it came across. The clip can be seen on "Da Bungalow Online".
|Basildon||Whitchurch-on-Thames||Goring Heath (part of)|
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- Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 614
- The Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Reading Branch: Goring-on-Thames
- Christopher Winn: I Never Knew That about the Thames (London: Ebury Press, 2010), p. 77.
- Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 615
- Page, 1907, pages 103-104
- Goring Free Church: Our History
- The Catholic Parish of Our Lady & St John & Christ the King
- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1059528)". National Heritage List for England. Flint House - Grade II listing.
- Goring United Football Club: Saturday 1st team - Division 1
- GardinersWorld: Our History
- Berkshire Cricket League
- Goring Tennis Club: League Teams
- Goring on Thames Decorative and Fine Arts Society
- Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes
- BBC News, Oxfordshire. Goring Named Village of the Year
- Goring & Streatley Sustainability Group
- Goring on Thames Celebrates Regional Success. Village wins through for South England in national competition
- Christopher Winn: I Never Knew..., p. 78.
- Da Bungalow Online, Cat's Britain - Goring
- Page, William (Ed.) (1907). Victoria County History: A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 2. pp. 103–104.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 613–616. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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