Goring-by-Sea

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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 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.

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. ^ THE SISTINE CHAPEL CEILING REPRODUCTION
  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

External links[edit]

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