Everyone who has heard of Goring associates it with the attractive gap between the Berkshire Downs and the Chilterns known as the Goring Gap.
Here 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 The beautiful riverside setting and the attractive views of the hills on either side Goring an extremely attractive village. Goring gap
The river was first Goring gap by the Romans who built a causeway. The first bridge over the river, a toll bridge, was built upstream of the ferry in This lasted until the present bridge was built in and from it you can look down on Goring lock and the weir.
The present lock was built in and was then unusual in that it had an extra pair of lock gates, creating two chambers. This enabled boats to travel faster through the lock and use less water each time the lock was used. There is also an old Goring gap but this is no longer in use.
It is thought that Goring Lock was build by the local miller in the C16 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 now it is Goring gap a residence. Much of the village between the river and the railway line is a conservation area and there are in total 26 listed buildings.
The church has one of the oldest bells "Goring gap" the country which was cast about but is no "Goring gap" rung. At one time there was an Augustinian priory, which was built adjoining the church, sharing the church with the Goring gap. Later the nuns built their own church adjacent to the A barn belonging to the Old Farm House in Station Road is reputed to be C15 and it is thought that parts of the Old Vicarage may be C There were, of course, many old buildings in the village but many were demolished in the C20 and Goring gap housing estates built where they stood.
There was also a village brewery but this declined and was sold in Goring Station was opened in and this provides the village with easy access by rail to Reading, Oxford and London and is perhaps one of the reasons for the amount of new building that took place during the last century. Goring Gap has a very 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 etc. Is this your village? If there is no link to your website in the panel opposite why not request one?