The signboard of a wayside inn near Goring Heath in Oxfordshire long bore a portrait of the king with couplets reciting how his majesty "drank from the bowl, and bowl'd for what he drank."
George Goring, Lord Goring >>
During the Civil War General Goring quartered his troops at Totnes, and Fairfax also made it his temporary station.
At Dorchester (951) the Thame enters on the left, and the river then passes Wallingford (904) and Goring (85).
Thus, the upper portion of the system, above the gap at Goring, is a basin in itself, defined on the west and south by the Cotteswold and White Horse Hills and on the east and north by the Chilterns and the uplands of Northamptonshire.