Goff's Oak

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Goff's Oak
Shopping Parade in Goff's Oak - geograph.org.uk - 35932.jpg
Grid reference: TL325035
Location: 51°42’39"N, 0°4’57"W
Post town: Waltham Cross
Postcode: EN7
Dialling code: 01707
Local Government
Council: Broxbourne

Goff's Oak is a large village in eastern Hertfordshire, situated between Cuffley and Cheshunt, just north of the M25 motorway in a slightly more rural section of the London commuter belt.

The village is named after the Goff family, which owned the area, and symbolised by the original Old Oak, said to be several hundred years old before it fell in the 1950s. Its replacement fell itself in 1987 after severe damage during the Great Storm of 1987. Moreover, it was marked as Goff Oak on the 2nd Series Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map.

The village has nearby links to London's Kings Cross Station by Cuffley railway station and to Liverpool Street by Cheshunt railway station.

The village centre is marked by a War Memorial which was unveiled on the 20th December 1920.[1] It is inscribed with the names of 32 men from the village who were killed in the First World War. A further 3 names were added following the Second World War. The houses north-east of the memorial were originally the police station. Next to the police station was a civil defence siren which was regularly tested through the 1960s, as part of the national defence at the height of the Cold War. The siren could be heard across the whole village area. Immediately adjacent to the police station and War Memorial was a Doctor Who-style police box which was removed around the time that the police station was converted to residential housing.

Film and television location

Goff's Oak has been used as a film location. In the 1970s, Anglia Television's Timeslip, a popular children's science fiction series, was filmed at the old army camp in Silver Street, which formed part of Poyndon Farm. A convoy of ATV production lorries could be seen each day along Jones Road during filming. At the time the former army camp and wartime spotlight installation was used as a chicken farm, for egg production, and has since been redeveloped for housing, forming the Orchid Close development.

Gerry Anderson's, The Protectors, filmed in the 1970s and starring Robert Vaughn also used the former army camp as a location.[2]


Tottenham Hotspur players used to run up and through as part of their stamina training when their training ground was based in Brookfield Lane, Cheshunt.

The village held a fayre celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005.

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