Place:Broadwater, Sussex, England

Alt namesOffingtonsource: manor in parish
Coordinates50.828°N 0.374°W
Located inSussex, England
Also located inWest Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoBramber Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Brightford Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
East Preston Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1902
Worthing, Sussex, Englandmunicipal district of which it became a part in 1902
Worthing District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Broadwater is now a neighbourhood of the Worthing District or Borough of Worthing of West Sussex, England. Situated between the South Downs and the English Channel, Broadwater was once a parish in its own right and included Worthing when the latter was a small fishing hamlet. Before its incorporation into the Borough of Worthing in 1902 Broadwater also included the manor of Offington to the north. It borders Tarring to the west, the parish of Sompting to the east, and East Worthing to the southeast.

As a ward of the Borough of Worthing, Broadwater had a population of 9,373 in the UK census of 2011.

The following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"BROADWATER, a village, a parish, and a [registration] subdistrict, in Worthing [registration] district, Sussex. The village stands near the South Coast railway, 1 mile N of Worthing; and has a post office under Worthing. It was formerly a market-town, under the Camois family, who had a castle adjacent to it; and it still has fairs on 22 June and 29 Oct.
"The parish includes also the township and town of Worthing. Acres: 2,560; of which 320 are water. Real property: £34,453. Population: 6,466. Houses, 1,188. The property is much subdivided. Offington, anciently the seat of the Lords De La Warr, now that of J. F. Danbury, Esq., is about ½ a mile W of the village. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value: £600. Patron: the Rev. E. K. Elliott. The church is cruciform, and was restored in 1854. The vicarage of Christchurch and the [perpetual] curacies of Worthing and St. George are separate benefices. Charities, £25."

Research Tips

  • The West Sussex Record Office is located in Chichester. Because it holds the records of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, which covers the whole of Sussex, it has church records relating to both parts of Sussex.
  • An on-line catalogue for some of the collections held by the West Sussex Record Office is available under the Access to Archives (A2A) project (a nationwide facility housed at The National Archives, Kew).
  • West Sussex Past - database of 2 million records from West Sussex heritage organizations.
  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies' Sussex Collection (PDF). This is a 9-page PDF naming the files relating to Sussex in their collection-a possible first step in a course of research.
  • The National Library of Scotland has a website which provides maps taken from the Ordnance Survey England & Wales One-Inch to the Mile series of 1892-1908 as well as equivalent maps for Scotland itself. The immediate presentation is a "help" screen and a place selection screen prompting the entry of a location down to town, village or parish level. These screens can be removed by a click of the "X". The map is very clear and shows parish and county boundaries and many large buildings and estates that existed at the turn of the 20th century. Magnification can be adjusted and an "overlay feature" allows inspection of the area today along with that of 1900. The specific map from the series can be viewed as a whole ("View this map") and this allows the inspection of the map legend (found in the left hand bottom corner. Becoming familiar with the various facilities of these maps is well worth the trouble.
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