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 visit to the Army Air Museum at Middle Wallop.
Programme of Visits
The provisional list of outings for this year has now been agreed. We will try to stick to it, but in the past events beyond our control have often intervened! To download the list, please click here.
The first outing is to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden on Wednesday 21 February. Some of you may remember we went there a few years ago, but since then a lot of people have joined who did not go on that outing, and it is good enough to be worth a second visit. A form to apply to go on the outing will be put on this website shortly, but as this outing will be by train and is to a museum, members will be able to turn up on the day. We would, of course, prefer to have some idea of numbers, so please fill in the form, which have details of times and costs.
The second outing will be to the National Army Museum and Royal Chelsea Hospital and Museum, Chelsea, on Wednesday 21 March.
Please note that the date of the Annual Outing has changed to Wednesday 20 June. This year the outing is to Breamore House, near Fordingbridge in Hampshire.
First become a member of the Goring Gap Local History Society and then contact us to find out more or join the Group.