Goring Heath

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Goring Heath
Goring Heath is located in Oxfordshire
Goring Heath
Goring Heath
Goring Heath shown within Oxfordshire
Area 11.44 km2 (4.42 sq mi)
Population 1,227 (parish, including Whitchurch Hill) (2011 census)[1]
• Density 107/km2 (280/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU6579
Civil parish
  • Goring Heath
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Reading
Postcode district RG8
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
Website Goring Heath community website
List of places
51°31′12″N 1°05′49″W / 51.520°N 1.097°W / 51.520; -1.097Coordinates: 51°31′12″N 1°05′49″W / 51.520°N 1.097°W / 51.520; -1.097

Goring Heath is a hamlet and civil parish in the Chiltern Hills in South Oxfordshire. The civil parish includes the villages of Whitchurch Hill and Crays Pond and some small hamlets. Goring Heath is centred 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Goring-on-Thames and about 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Reading, Berkshire.

In 1724 Henry Alnutt, a lawyer of the Middle Temple in London, established a set of almshouses at Goring Heath. They form three sides of a courtyard, flanking a chapel of the same date.[2] In the 1880s a school was built beside the almshouses in what was intended to be the same architectural style.[3] A post office was added in 1900.[3]

Alnutt also left a continuing income from his estate at Goring Heath to teach, clothe and apprentice boys from five parishes.[4] One of the parishes was Cassington in West Oxfordshire, where Alnutt's charity established a small school for boys.[4] In 1833 the Allnut school was absorbed into a new Cassington parish school, which in 1853 became Cassington's present St. Peter's Church of England primary school.[4]

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  1. ^ "Area: Goring Heath CP (Parish): Key Statistics: Population Density". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, pages 616-617
  3. ^ a b Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, pages 617
  4. ^ a b c Crossley & Elrington, 1990, page 53