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 Thinktank Museum in Birmingham, 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
On 25 October there will be a trip to Coventry Transport Museum. This will be by rail. This is a brilliant Museum, giving the history of transport production in Coventry - bicycles, motorcycles and cars. For those who think road transport is not for them, there is also a lot about the social background in which this production took place. There are also special exhibitions on Jaguars and record-breaking cars, and there is a room dedicated to a huge model collection of Dinkies, Corgis, Matchbox and other brands.
Please note that as there is a lot of walking and standing on this trip, a reasonable amount of physical stamina is required.
To download an application to go on this outing please click here.
First become a member of the Goring Gap Local History Society and then contact us to find out more or join the Group.