West Worthing separates the town Centre from Goring by Sea. Originally intended as an exclusive resort, the township of West Worthing was developed from around 1864 and merged with the formerly separate township of Worthing in 1890, when Worthing gained borough status. The area comprised of 15,000 residents as of the last census date. It’s proximity to the town centre, bars, cafe's, restaurants and the beach make this a popular residential area.
People and property
Mostly developed from the 1920's onward, the area is ideal for working in the town centre and, due to the proximity of the train station, for commuting outside of Worthing. As of the last census date there were 7,500 residential properties in the area of which 65% are flats and 10% are detached. Notable Victorian buildings include Heene Terrace (built 1865), the Burlington Hotel (built 1865), St Botolph's Church (built 1872−73), West Worthing railway station (built 1889), the Queen Anne style Downview Hotel (now flats, built 1891) and St Matthew's Church (built 1898−1900). Other notable details include:
- 46% of households comprise of one person and 24% of households include families with children.
- Approximately 38% of residents live in rented property.
- 23% of the population cycle or walk to work.
- 95% of the population live within 200 meters of a bus stop or railway station.
- The average selling price over the last 12 months was £252,000
- 67% of sales in the last 12 months were flats.
- Transaction volume for the last 12 months was £87m
- Average rents achieved are approx £812.
- 85% of properties let in the last 12 months were flats.
- Almost 90% of the properties are served with ultra fast broadband (over 300 mbps) compared with regional average of 53%.
The area has a well connected transport infrastructure and has it's own train station with direct trains to Brighton, London, Gatwick Airport, Portsmouth and Chichester. Approximately 95%+ of housing is within 200 walking meters of either a bus stop or railway station. There are various cycle routes including the National Cycle Route 2 which runs east to Brighton and continues to Dover.
Heene Church of England Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Our Lady of Sion School, Elm Grove Primary School.
Did you know?
- In the early 19th century the area had a reputation for wildness and lawlessness and a wall was erected at the Heene-Worthing boundary to keep the 'lawless' of Heene out of the civilised east.
- West Worthing railway station opened in 1889 to serve the new town of West Worthing.
- In 1882, and again in 1895, there were plans for a pier at the bottom of Grand Avenue, which never came to fruition.
- According to the original plans, Dolphin Lodge, which was originally planned as a hotel, would have had a south elevation wider than Buckingham Palace.
Things to do
Walk the promanade, pop into one of the many bars and restaurants in Worthings west end or head to Marine Gardens for some quiet and solitude.