Place:West Tarring, Sussex, England

NameWest Tarring
Alt namesTarringsource: alternate name
Tarring Peverellsource: alternate name
Salvingtonsource: hamlet in parish
Coordinates50.824°N 0.394°W
Located inSussex, England     ( - 1902)
See alsoBramber Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Tarring Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
East Preston Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1902
Worthing, Sussex, Englandmunicipal borough into which it was absorbed in 1902
Worthing District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Tarring, officially West Tarring, is now a neighbourhood of the Worthing District or Borough of Worthing in West Sussex, England. It lies on the A2031 road 1.2 miles (1.9 km) northwest of the town centre of Worthing. It is called "West Tarring", or less commonly Tarring Peverell, to differentiate it from Tarring Neville near Lewes.

Tarring was given by King Athelstan of England to the archbishops of Canterbury in the 10th century. At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the village was known as "Terringes", and consisted of 50 households. It is thought that the place name means "Teorra's people", with Teorra being a Saxon settler.

West Tarring is noted for its 13th-century parish church of St Andrew, the 13th-century Archbishop's Palace, and numerous old houses including the 15th-century timber-framed Parsonage Row.

In November 1902 West Tarring lost its civil parish status and was broken into three parts. The parishes of Durrington and Goring by Sea received small portions while the remainder was transferred to the Municipal Borough of Worthing, increasing its population by 2,548 in the UK census of 1911.

Once a village, Tarring has now become a commuter feeder area and suburban enclave with a ward population of 8,646 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).

"TARRING (West), a parish in Worthing district, Sussex; on the coast, 1 mile W of Worthing r. station. It contains Tarring village and Salvington hamlet; forms a hundred in Bramber rape; and has a post-office under Worthing. Acres: 1,226. Real property: £3,717. Population: 606. Houses: 131. The manor was given by Athelstan to Christchurch, Canterbury. The living is a vicarage, with Heene and Durrington, in the diocese of Chichester. Value: £474. Patron: the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is good, and has a lofty spire. Selden was a native of Salvington."

The following quote confirms the hundred in which West Tarring was located:

"WEST TARRING is a parish, 62 miles south-south-west from London, one mile north-west from Worthing railway station in the Western division of the county, Tarring hundred, Worthing county court district, rape of Bramber, East Preston incorporation, a peculiar of Canterbury, in the diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester, and rural deanery of Tarring. The parish constitutes the hundred."

(Source: Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867. as quoted by GENUKI)

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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