TRANSPORT HISTORY GROUP
The villages of Goring and Streatley have been shaped by modes of travel - from ancient trackways, horse-drawn waggons, stage coaches and motor vehicles, to the river and railways, transport features strongly in the history of Goring and Streatley. The Group has made history too, by arranging Goring's first ever Blue Plaque (for Sam Saunders, the founder of Saunders-Roe) as well as the first steam train to stop here since the 1960s.
The Transport History Group (THG) is open to any member interested in the history of transport and incurs no extra subscription. Those who have signed up receive details of all the outings and a regular illustrated newsletter.
How does it work?
Members keep in touch by email, phone and letter. Activities cover all forms of transport including rivers, canals, sea, road, rail and air. Ten monthly outings are usually arranged each year and most trips use public transport, starting from Goring and Streatley Station. Sometimes travel is by minibus and/or shared cars. Venues include:
- Transport and industrial archaeology museums
- Preserved railways
- Old boats and planes
Members pay as they go on each outing, often at preferential group rates for both travel and any entry charges.
Recent past outings have included: The Transport Museum, Coventry, the Forest of Dean Railway, Hurst Castle on the Isle of Wight, a trip on the Shieldhall, and a guided tour of Tower Bridge..
Programme of Visits
Sadly the trip to Bradford-on-Avon for a canal boat trip had to be cancelled due to the canal boat being taken out of service because of engine failure.
There will be an outing to Brooklands Museum on Wednesday 17 October. We now envisage going by coach if enough members are interested or, failing that, asking for volunteer drivers. (Public transport is no longer an option because of a knee injury to the organiser.) To download a booking form please click here.
The Burton-on-Trent Brewery trip has been postponed until next year. It was felt that the trip would be better in the summer months because of the long rail journey back, which would be very tedious in the dark.
Proposed outings for 2019 will be announced early next year.
First become a member of the Goring Gap Local History Society and then contact us to find out more or join the Group.