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Goring-by-Sea
Goring Yacht Club - geograph.org.uk - 246160.jpg
The yacht club, 2006
Goring-by-Sea is located in West Sussex
Goring-by-Sea
Goring-by-Sea
Location within West Sussex
Population7,990 (2011. Goring Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ111025
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWORTHING
Postcode districtBN12
Dialling code01903
PoliceSussex
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
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, commonly referred to simply as Goring, is a neighbourhood and former civil parish in Worthing in West Sussex, England. It lies west of West Worthing, about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of Worthing town centre. Historically in Sussex, in the rape of Arundel, Goring has been part of the borough of Worthing since 1929.

Etymology[edit]

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.

History[edit]

The former village of Goring included Castle Goring, a country house built for Sir Bysshe Shelley, 1st Baronet in the late 1790s.

Geography[edit]

Goring has a mixed pebble and sand beach which is popular for a wide variety of watersports including kitesurfing. The southwest of Goring contains part of the Goring Gap, a protected area of fields and woodland between Goring and Ferring.[3]

Architecture[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Literature[edit]

Goring 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,[6] and in "De Profundis" mentions Goring as a place where he stayed with Lord Alfred Douglas along with Torquay, London and Florence.

Transport[edit]

Goring is served by Goring-by-Sea railway station which opened in 1846. It lies on the West Coastway Line and connects Goring to Worthing, Brighton, Littlehampton, London and Southampton.

References[edit]

  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
  3. ^ Waller, Richard (19 March 2004). "Goring Gap Preservation Trust". Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  4. ^ THE SISTINE CHAPEL CEILING REPRODUCTION
  5. ^ Churches in Goring-by-Sea Archived 3 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/wilde/Wildelibelowfact.html

External links[edit]

Media related to Goring-by-Sea at Wikimedia Commons