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A Go to to the Seaside: Worthing

Situated on the coast in West Sussex, Worthing is between 50-60 miles south of London, and 10-12 miles west of Brighton and Hove (relying on routes taken). It has a protracted and engaging historical past.

Stone Age individuals had been within the space roughly 60,000 years in the past. By the New Stone Age or Neolithic period (between about 4000 BCE to about 2000BCE), Worthing was the centre of flint mining; Romans additionally settled the realm. The Iron Age (about 750 BCE-about 43 AD) hillfort Cissbury Ring is the most important hill fort in Sussex, and the 2nd largest in England. It accommodates one of many Neolithic flint mines discovered within the space.

Easternmost A part of Cissbury Ring by Slbs June 29, 2008 Inventive Commons

On the Norman Conquest, the Manor of Worthing included the Ordinges and Mordinges estates. William de Braose obtained the Manor. The estates had been joined, and Bramber Citadel was constructed. The Manor was then leased to Robert Le Sauvage. Worthing was included within the Domesday E book.

Stays of the Norman maintain of Previous Bramber Citadel by Margaret Anne Clarke Sept. 20, 2013, Inventive Commons

Throughout Georgian Period, Worthing noticed nice change. For many years, Worthing was a fishing village, with mackerel because the prime catch, till the temperate local weather and seaside began attracting guests within the 1750s. It was additionally a stronghold of smugglers all through the nineteenth century.

As different watering locations resembling Brighton grew to become extra congested, much less crowded locations, resembling Worthing, grew to become extra enticing. As physicians extolled the advantages of sea bathing for well being, extra guests got here. George III (who had popularized Weymouth as a seaside vacation spot, visiting quite a few occasions in 1789-1805) thought it would enhance Princess Amelia’s well being and introduced her to Worthing in 1798.

By 1803, streets had been constructed, together with some motels and wonderful houses. The early guests had been rich fashionables, who anticipated snug lodging and leisure. The medical advantages of sea bathing attracted some. Others confined themselves to journey inside the UK as a result of difficulties of overseas journey ensuing from the Napoleonic Wars. In 1803, Parliament handed an Act, establishing Worthing because the City of Worthing, and establishing a bunch of commissioners to handle cleansing, lighting, enhancing streets and roads, and to determine a police power.

There’s additionally a Jane Austen connection-she stayed at Stanford’s Cottage in Worthing, along with her mom, her sister Cassandra and her good friend Martha Lloyd for a number of weeks in late 1805. Worthing is taken into account the probably inspiration for SANDITON. Edward Ogle (a distinguished businessman) and Warwick Home, which he bought in 1801, could have been fashions for Mr. Parker and Trafalgar Home.(1) Now generally known as Stanford Cottage now has a blue plaque declaring that Jane Austen stayed there.

In 1813, John Feltham described Worthing and stated, “In a brief house of time, a couple of depressing fishing huts and smugglers’ dens have been exchanged for buildings sufficiently in depth and chic to accommodate the primary households within the kingdom. The institution of two respectable libraries (Spooner’s and Stafford’s) at every of which the newspapers are commonly obtained, and the erection of commodious heat baths (Wickes’s) inside a couple of years; sufficiently show how far it has risen in public estimation.” (2)

In 1821, The Esplanade was constructed to create an acceptable place for individuals to promenade. After 1825, Worthing was not thought-about a trendy resort, and drew a a lot smaller crowd of holiday makers, which resulted in monetary difficulties for the city within the 1830s. It grew to become an acceptable resort for households and people in search of well being.

Throughout the Victorian Period, as its standing declined, Worthing once more skilled monetary difficulties within the 1850s. In 1862, the Pier was constructed, and in 1865, the Esplanade was expanded and renamed the Marine Parade. By 1889, a pavilion had been constructed on the southern finish of the Pier. Paddle steamers, offering standard day journeys alongside the coast, moored there to select up and drop off passengers. Oscar Wilde is understood to have hung out there in 1893, and appreciated it effectively sufficient to spend the summer time and autumn of 1894 in Worthing, writing THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. In 1897, a bandstand was constructed west of the pier. Band live shows grew to become a crowd-pleasing function.

The Pier, Worthing, England-print-1890-1900, Library of Congress, public area

The Pier was badly broken throughout a storm on March 24, 1913 (Easter Monday). Repairs had been begun promptly, and the pier reopened in 1914. In September 1933, hearth destroyed the South Pavilion. This was repaired, and the pavilion subsequently reopened.

On October 9, 1934, there have been clashes between Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists and anti-fascist protestors, an occasion which grew to become generally known as the Battle of South Road. Throughout World Struggle II, Worthing was a main defensive place within the occasion of an enemy touchdown alongside the coast. In 1942, it grew to become a preferred recreation space for the troops. Worthing additionally served because the embarkation web site for the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

After World Struggle II, the city was repaired and refurbished. The inhabitants has grown steadily. Within the Sixties, Worthing was a preferred music venue. It advanced to a retirement haven within the Seventies and Eighties. From the Nineteen Nineties to current, main companies have positioned there, attracting youthful staff with households. In 1998, 1999 and 2000, Worthing was voted probably the most worthwhile city in Britain by Experian. Within the twenty first century, Worthing continues to develop and thrive because the seaside location continues to draw guests and residents.


(1) Edmonds, Antony. JANE AUSTEN’S WORTHING The Actual Sanditon. Pp. 11th of September, pp. 14-30.

(2) Feltham, John. A GUIDE TO ALL THE WATERING AND SEA-BATHING PLACES FOR 1813. Vol. 2, p. 463.

Sources embrace:

Edmonds, Antony. JANE AUSTEN’S WORTHING The Actual Sanditon. 2015: Amberley Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Evans, John. PICTURE OF WORTHING To Which Is Added An Account of Arundel and Shoreham, with Different Elements of the Surrounding Nation. 1805: printed by C. Stower, London. Reprint printed by Sagwan Press, imprint of Inventive Media Companions. Scholar Choose.

Feltham, John. A GUIDE TO ALL THE WATERING AND SEA-BATHING PLACES FOR 1813. With an outline of The Lakes; A Sketch of A Tour in Wales and Itineraries. Vol. 2 1813: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, London. Reprint printed by Franklin Classics, an imprint of Inventive Media Companions. Scholar Choose. “Historical past of Worthing.” (No writer or publish date proven.) HERE “Worthing,” final edited April 20, 2022. (No writer proven.) HERE

All photographs from Wikimedia Commons.

Lauren Gilbert was launched to English authors early in life. An avid reader, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts diploma in English, with a minor in Artwork Historical past. She is a contributing author to each volumes of CASTLES, CUSTOMS AND KINGS: True Tales by English Historic Fiction Authors. She has two novels, HEYERWOOD A Novel and A RATIONAL ATTACHMENT, presently in print and is engaged on a brand new nonfiction work for Pen and Sword Books. An extended-time member of JASNA, she has introduced applications for the JASNA Palm Seashores Area, the JASNA annual common assembly in 2011, and the Jane Austen Fest in Mount Dora in 2022. She lives in Florida along with her husband. Go to her web site right here.


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