The Buildings of England – Worthing, West Sussex

Here is part 1 of my attempt to photograph all of the buildings in and around Worthing, and that are still standing, that were described in The Buildings of England – Sussex 1965. Ian Nairn wrote most of the West Sussex portion, Nikolaus Pevsner the East Sussex and remaining parts.

And now here’s part 2 that finishes off the main part of Worthing. And part 4 that has old photographs of the buildings that have been demolished since BoE was published.

Now adding to part 3 which covers the buildings in the surrounding districts.


A Blot on the Seafront

Possibly the worst building on the central Worthing seafront. Hated by most, but some can see a certain beauty in the brutal concrete structure. A huge drain on council finances, but nevertheless serves a useful purpose. More details and images by following this link.

Western Seafront

The western seafront is a slightly incongruous mixture of old and new. There are some good modern buildings and interesting old properties, mixed in with bland modern apartments and older housing.  Images and comments can be seen in the related page here.

Manor Lea

I’ve started looking at some of the more interesting ‘modern’ architecture in Worthing. Modern to me means anything built after 1960 or so. Here’s a brief description and some images of Manor Lea. This development isn’t mentioned in Pevsner (The Buildings of England – Sussex 1965) since it was built after the book was published.


Walk 219 Slindon – Treasures In Trust

A nice short ramble around the National Trust estate in Slindon. It started off badly as the map showed the car park as being on the left hand side as I was driving down the lane, it was on the right and I almost missed it. Then the first walk direction referred to a sign that was no longer there, and so I headed off along a dead end trail initially.

Once heading in the right direction the path goes though pleasant woodland, mostly beech I think, and follows the Park Pale for a while. 696A1921The Pale is the remains of a bank and ditch which marked the boundary of the medieval deer park, presumable there was some sort of fence on the top to keep the deer in.


Park Pale

Just before joining Top Road there is a seat set in the remains of a building. The outside looks to have been octagonal and blocked up windows can be seen. Apparently this was the Regency tea house which burned down in the 1940s.


Tea House Remains

From the road a bridleway climbs slowly uphill before taking a path to the right. Nore Folly can be seen on the top of the hill. This was built in 1814 for the Countess of Newburgh. It must be undergoing restoration as there was a lot of scaffolding and so I didn’t bother walking any closer.


Nore Folly

From here the track leads back into Slindon village before turning at the duck pond and returning to the car park.

There are some good flint and brick houses in the village and it is worth visiting St Mary’s church to see the effigy of Sir Anthony St Leger, according to Pesvner the only wooden effigy in Sussex.


Effigy of Sir Anthony St Leger


Typical village house