Sussex History

Learn more about the history of Worthing and Sussex

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History of Worthing

Worthing started life as a humble fishing hamlet until Princess Amelia, youngest daughter of George III, visited it in 1798. There are many historical places across Worthing, here we have curated a lot of that historical information.


High Salvington Post Mill

An excellent example of a working black post mill dating from between approximately 1700 – 1720.

Worthing Shipwrecks

Many ships that have sailed past the coast of Worthing have run aground or broken up in stormy seas.

The Bonfire Boys

Throughout much of the 19th century disturbances frequently occurred on Guy Fawkes Night in Worthing, posing great problems.

The Goring Smugglers

During the 18th century there were innumerable engagements between smugglers and customs men.

The Mad Miller and the Millers Tomb

What are the known facts about this miller who was born in 1709 and died in 1793?

The Skeleton and Salvation Army

On April 3rd 1884 a Captain Ada Smith was appointed as the new officer in charge of the Worthing Salvation Army.

The Dome Cinema

A stunning Edwardian cinema that first opened in April 1911. It has now been fully restored to its former glory and is open to the public.

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