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Goring on Thames and Streatley


The villages of Goring and Streatley stand on opposite sides of the River Thames; Oxfordshire on one side and West Berkshire on the other, linked by a fine bridge which was built in 1923. The beautiful riverside setting with views of the Chiltern Hills and Berkshire Downs on either side, make Goring extremely attractive. Much of the village between the river and the railway line is a conservation area and there are 26 listed buildings.  Here's a list of our top ten things to do in Goring & Streatley.

It is thought that Goring Lock was build by the local miller in the 16th century to provide a head of water to drive the water wheel. In Saxon times Goring had a corn mill. Later the mill was used to generate electricity, but it is now a private residence.

The "Goring Gap” is recognised as one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames. The river here flows through the valley between two hill ranges, both of which are within designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. See for yourself when you walk the Thames Path from Goring to Streatley with views of the Holies.

Goring Gap has an active boat club, The Goring Gap Boat Club, which is one of the largest recreational boating clubs in the Thames valley. Goring Gap Boat Club holds the extremely popular annual Goring and Streatley Regatta, which combines fun racing, live entertainment, a fun fair, food, and craft fairs.

The spectacular scenery in and around the Goring Gap is the setting for such classic books as Wind in the Willows, Watership Down and Three Men in a Boat. Views of Goring Lock, the weirs and the rural landscape, especially as seen from the bridge, are some of the most photographed and painted scenes in England.

The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury has one of the oldest bells in the country which was cast about 1290 but is no longer rung. At one time there was an Augustinian priory, which was built adjoining the church, sharing the church with the parishioners.

A barn belonging to the Old Farm House in Station Road is reputed to be 15th century and it is thought that parts of the Old Vicarage may be 16th century. There were, of course, many old buildings in the village but many were demolished in the 20th century and small housing estates built where they stood.

There was also a village brewery but this declined and was sold in 1940. The oldest inn is now the Catherine Wheel in Station Road, which may date back to Elizabethan times.

Claim to Fame
 
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Goring became a fashionable place to live and residents included Oscar Wilde, in the late 1890s, Air Chief Marshall of the RAF, Sir Arthur (Bomber) Harris and Admiral Sir William Harwood, victor of the Battle of the River Plate.
 
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 was put towards the village's hydro-electric project to generate electricity from the river Thames.

Goring-on-Thames was the Overall Regional Winner as well as winner in the Sustainability and Communications categories of the Calor Village of the Year regional heat for South England.


     


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