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Officially a Town since 1803, and a Borough since 1890, Worthing is located on the South Coast approximately ten miles west of Brighton and eighteen miles east of Chichester, the administrative County Towns of East and West Sussex respectively.
Worthing's origins can be traced back to the Saxon Age and several roads date back to Roman times. It existed as an agricultural hamlet until the eighteenth century when the trend for bathing in seawater to cure ailments helped to promote it's development as a fashionable Edwardian beach resort. Subsequent visits by members of Royalty and the arrival of the Railway in 1845 helped to further establish Worthing as a prominent resort.
Other notable visitors include Jane Austen in 1805, Lord Byron in 1806 and, in 1894, Oscar Wilde, who wrote "The Importance Of Being Earnest" while holidaying here.
With excellent transport links, Worthing is an ideal base for visiting nearby Arundel, Chichester, Brighton and the picturesque South Downs Chalk Hills. There are also direct train links to Gatwick Airport, Portsmouth, Southampton and London.