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Worthing is the best

Whether you live here or are just visiting the location perfect for just about everything you may want or need.

Worthing is a large seaside town Just south of the spectacular South Downs National Park with the cities of Brighton to the east and Chichester to the west.

There is plenty to see and do here with a good size bustling shopping centre close to the seafront with countless cafe’s and eateries where you can enjoy the seaside atmosphere.

Worthing has three theatres and one of Britain’s oldest cinemas, a museum, art gallery and can boast just about every cuisine you could imagine.  Worthing Pier’s Soutern Pavillion hosts a range of events throughout the year and often during the summer months various activities and shows are held at Steyne Gardens on the seafront.



Some of the best claims to fame in Worthing

In the summer of 1894, Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest while staying in the Worthing. . 

Philosopher and scholar John Selden was born in Salvington in Worthing in 1584.

Several properties in Worthing were owned by the poet Shelley including Castle Goring and Goring Park House.  These he inherited them from his grandfather who had them built in the 1750s.

Playwright Harold Pinter wrote The Homecoming at his home in Ambrose Place In the 1960s.


Goring Castle Worthing

Goring Castle Worthing


Local Folklore

The Midsummer Tree, is and oak that stands near Broadwater Green and is said to be around 300 years old. Until the 19th century, it was believed that on Misummer’s eve skeletons would rise from the tree and dance around it until dawn when they would sink back into the ground. This was first recorded in 1868 by folklorist Charlotte Latham

It was once believed that monsters known as knuckers lived in bottomless ponds called knuckerholes, there is one in Worthing by Ham Bridge in Ham Road.


There is a legendary tunnel several miles long from the now-demolished medieval Offington Hall to the Neolithic flint mines and Iron Age hill fort at Cissbury. It was said to be sealed, and there was treasure at the far end.  The owner of the Hall had offered half the treasure to anyone who would clear out the tunnel.  This was attempted several times but all had been driven back by large snakes springing at them with open mouths and angry hisses!

In 1709 Highdown miller, tomb planner and smugglers’ friend John Oliver was born, he took over his father’s mill on Highdown Hill, then known as Caesar’s Hill. He build himself a brick and stone tomb on the hill a short distance from his cottage on the eastern slopes in preparation for his death. Many claim that he became heavily involved with smuggling and he passed messages about the positions of ships and customs officers onto his accomplices by adjusting the position of the sails of his mill. The tomb and his wooden coffin set on casters reportedly kept under his bed, were both used to store his share of the contraband, using the premise that no one in their right mind would search inside a coffin. Credence was added to this theory when his friends made a beeline for them both upon hearing of his death.  Nearly 30 years after building, the prominent tomb finally received his body. It remains near the summit of Highdown Hill, an area of National Trust land northwest of Worthing. finely carved with pious verses including one surmounted by an effigy of Time and Death.

According to legend, John Olliver had himself buried upside down so that at the day of the Last Judgement when the world turned upside down, he would be the only man facing the right way up. It is said that you can raise the ghost of John Olliver by running around his grave seven times, after which he will jump out and chase you!


Some Best in Worthing History

William de Braose gave the manor of Worthing to Robert le Sauvage following the Norman conquest in 1066. His descendants held Worthing for around 200 years.

Worthing is first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 as two separate hamlets, Ordinges and Mordinges, when it had a population then of just 22.

By 1218 the Ordinges had become known as Wurddingg. 

The county of Sussex was divided into administrative divisions known as ‘rapes’. The manor of Worthing was part of the rape of Bramber.

Bramber Castle

In the 13th century, the manor of Worthing was owned by Margaret de Gaddesden, a descendant of Robert le Sauvage. Margaret de Gaddesden later left her husband, to live with Sir William Paynel, who she later married. It is likely that as a consequence of leaving her first husband for another man she then gave the manor of Worthing to Easebourne Priory near Midhurst, while in 1332 Sir William gave the nearby manor of Cokeham to Hardham Priory near Pulborough. By giving away their property to the church it is likely that Margaret and Sir William were acting in fear of their souls as the medieval church taught that damnation was likely.

In 1300 and again in 1493, Worthing is recorded as having a harbour, possibly in the estuary of the Teville stream.. Worthing harbour was a member of Shoreham Port in 1324.

Worthing was owned by the Easebourne Priory until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. It then became the property of Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, whose family held the manor of Worthing for another 200 years.

In 1695 Robert Morden’s map shows Worthing, Terring, Heen, Broadwater, Goring, Highdowne, Ferring and other place names largely familiar to a modern Worthing resident.



Robert Mordens's Map of Sussex

Robert Mordens’s Map of Sussex