Goosey is a small village made up of a few houses, cottages and farm buildings scattered around a large green. On the south side of the village a few 20th century houses spread either side of Goosey Lane as it leaves the village.

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The name comes from Goose Island; this part of the Vale having once been a marsh, and the 'ey' part meaning 'island' is very common locally indicating a number of island settlements. Geese were kept in the village by the Benedictine monks who had a cell on the site of Abbey Farm. The manor belonged to Abingdon Abbey after Offa, King of Mercia gave it to the Abbot of Abingdon in 785. The monks established dairies in the village which provided dairy produce for the Abbot's table.

The Church of All Saints in the village is an attractive small church with an early C13 nave and a C16 chancel.

Goosey is about two miles south-east of Stanford in the Vale on a minor road to the east of the A417.

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