Place:Heene, Sussex, England

Alt namesWest Worthingsource: name from mid 19th century onward
Coordinates50.813°N 0.385°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
West Tarring, Sussex, Englandparish of which it was a part
Worthing District, West Sussex, Englandborough since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Heene is a former civil parish, now part of the Borough of Worthing. It lies on the A259 road 0.6 miles (1 km) west of the town centre. Once part of the parish of West Tarring, Heene was a civil parish in its own right from the 16th century until 1902.

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. West Worthing was developed within Heene and later expanded beyond Heene's boundaries.

The township of West Worthing was succeeded in 1890 by a corporation for the new municipal borough of Worthing, which covered the previous townships of West Worthing and Worthing. West Worthing was also home to the council offices for Worthing Rural District Council which from 1933 to 1974 served the rural area between the Rivers Adur and Arun, with the exception of Arundel, Littlehampton and Worthing itself (which by then included Heene).

The present ward of Heene had a population of 7,859 according to the 2011 UK census.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article West Worthing.

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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