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History of Goring-on-Thames

Goring-on-Thames and its neighbour Streatley are both very old villages indeed. Due to their unique location at the intersection of three of the most ancient routes in Britain, they have been inhabited continuously for at least 5,000 years.

There is evidence that Old Stone Age man travelled from Europe through Goring and Streatley along the Ridgeway before Britain was separated from mainland Europe and became an island after the last Ice Age.

Some of the historical information included on this website has been extracted form the Millennium Brochure produced by Ron Bridle in April 2000 as a record of the many local events which celebrated the passing of the Second Millennium.

Other details are available in “Another Look at Goring and Streatley”, published by the Goring & Streatley Local History Society in 1999

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  • ~700 BC - 1000 AD
  • 1000 - 1300
  • 1300 - 1700
  • 1700 - 1840
  • 1840 - 1890
  • 1890 - 1939
  • 1939 - present day


    Goring and Streatley welcomed various evacuated individuals and organisations during the war, including: The Royal Veterinary College (from Potters Bar, staying until 1958), The Royal School for Deaf and Dumb (from Margate), The Alexandra Orphanage, The Belgian Air Force Command, London schools from West Ham and Ealing and Czech refugees amongst many others.


    One stick of bombs fell on Goring, killing 1 person.


    Mains sewerage came to Goring (having been considered since 1898).


    Small housing estates started to be built in Goring increasing the population to double the size it was at the beginning of the century.


    Several Tudor black and white, timber framed cottages demolished to build ’a modern Arcade’


    Goring became twinned with Bellême, Normandy.


    Goring won the Best Kept Village in Oxfordshire and was a finalist in the National competition.


    On 31 December, Goring and Streatley celebrated the eve of the new Millennium with street parties and other activities during day and night. A special Millennium book was later published to record those events and also the many other activities which took part throughout the year.


    Millennium Time Capsule buried under Goring Village Hall. It contains a number of contemporary items of interest for future generations to discover, including The Goring and Streatley Millennium Book and the Electoral Roll.


    Old 1892 iron railway bridge demolished on Christmas Day 2006 and the new steel one opened for traffic on 1 March 2007.


    Goring won ‘Oxfordshire Village of the Year’ competition followed by the “South of England Village of the Year” 2009/2010 award.


    Goring’s St Thomas’ Church refurbished and the Canterbury Room extension added.
    The publisher would like to thank Goring & Streatley Local History Society for the original research of much of the above information which has been taken from their various publications.

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