Old Worthing Village then and now

Homefield Park during the Diamond Jubilee 1897

Teacher and pupils - Little High Street Girls School 1911

Coronation Float, Newland Road, May 1937

Sussex Road School Empire Day





Volunteers research old documents at a workshop held by Ron and Barrie

Volunteers research old documents at a workshop held by Ron and Barrie

No. 1, Sussex Road, the former home of Frank Todd, the Corporation steam roller driver, who, in 1910 was crushed to death by the wheels of his own vehicle. He is buried at Broadwater Cemetery under a replica of a traction engine wheel.

Photograph of Frank Todd taken from the Worthing Gazette at the time of his death. Todd’s wife was recovering from a major operation and, according to the Gazette, the news of her husband’s death so devastated her that, “it was feared the poor woman would lose her reason.” She was left with young children to bring up on her own.

Sales particulars for the sale of land for housing in the old village area, centred on Stanley and Sussex Roads, 1880. (Courtesy of West Sussex Library Service)

Detail from the map that formed part of the sale documents, showing individual plots. (Courtesy of West Sussex Library Service)

Sunday 24th June: Worthing  Old Village: then and now


Film premiere. Free screenings at 11am and 3pm


Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Road, Worthing. BN11 1DS


Modern Worthing is little more than 200 years old, dating back to the town's development as a seaside resort, but the old village area dates back to Saxon times and possibly earlier. This film charts both the history of the village while given a snapshot of this part of Worthing today - truly combining ancient and modern!


Copies of the film on DVD will be available to buy on the day, with special discounts for local residents.


Hot food and drink available throughout the day.


As well as the film, there will also be two illustrated talks.


1pm Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in Worthing, using photographs and newspaper articles, Martin Hayes recounts how Worthing’s lavish celebrations descended into controlled chaos and how Homefield Park took centre stage in perhaps the biggest diamond Jubilee event in West Sussex.


2pm The best days of our lives? - Chris Hare uses school log books dating back to the 1860s to paint a vivid picture of school life from the Victorian age till the Second World War.


For more information call Chris on 07794 600639

The DVD is available from both Worthing Library and Worthing Museum, cost £5.