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Goring, Oxfordshire

Historical Description

Goring, a village and a parish in Oxfordshire. The village, formerly called Little Nottingham, stands at the verge of the county, on the river Thames and the G.W.R., near Icknield Street, 6 miles S of Wallingford, is connected by a bridge with Streatley in Berks, presents a picturesque appearance, has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Reading. The parish comprises 4611 acres; population, 1487. Roman coins, vases, pavements, and substructions have been found. A mineral spring here was formerly in high repute for cutaneous diseases. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £315 with residence. The church, which stands almost on the bank of the river, is a curious and interesting building of chalk, rubble, and flint. It is chiefly Norman, and has an embattled tower, with a conical topped round turret. A priory once stood adjacent to the church, was founded in the time of Henry II., and was given to Sir T. Pope, the founder of Trinity College, Oxford. There are a Lady Huntingdon's chapel, a temperance hall erected in 1878, a workman's club erected in 1888, some endowed almshouses for four old men, and some valuable charities. Goring Heath is a hamlet 4 miles to the E of the church, and is noteworthy for Allnutt's Hospital, a charity founded in the 18th century, and consisting of twelve almshouses for old men, a chapel, an endowed school for boys and girls, and a chaplain's residence.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyOxfordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishGoring St. Thomas à Becket 
Poor Law unionBradfield 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictSouth Oxfordshire
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRG8
Post TownReading