Place:Worth, Sussex, England

Alt namesCopthornesource: village in parish
Crawley Downsource: village in parish
Coordinates51.111°N 0.143°W
Located inSussex, England
Also located inEast Sussex, England     (1865 - 1974)
West Sussex, England     (1974 - )
See alsoLewes Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Buttinghill Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
East Grinstead Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1894-1934
Cuckfield Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1934-1974
Mid Sussex District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
Contained Places
All Saints Church Cemetery
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Worth is a civil parish in the borough of Crawley and Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, England. It includes the villages of Copthorne and Crawley Down, and covers an area of 1,995 hectares (4,930 acres or 7.7 sq mi). The population at the time of the 2011 census was 10,378. The ecclesiastical parish was one of the larger West Sussex parishes, encompassing the entire area along the West Sussex/Surrey border between the town of Crawley, east of its High Street, and East Grinstead. The creation of Turners Hill civil parish meant that Worth parish is now only one-third of its original size.

Worth Abbey, an English Benedictine monastery, and Worth School are both located in the parish.

Worth Village, located adjacent to the civil parish, is now part of an official neighbourhood of the borough of Crawley and is discussed there.

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).

"WORTH, a parish and a [registration] sub-district in East Grinstead [registration] district, Sussex. The parish lies on the London and Brighton and the East Grinstead railways, 6½ miles W by S of East Grinstead. Includes Crawley-Down, Tilgate-Forest, Old-House-Warren, Pound-Hill, Rickmans-Green, Wakemans-Green, Copthorne, and Turners-Hill; contains the [railway] stations of Three Bridges, Rowfant, and Grange-Road; and has post-offices of Crawley-Down and Pound-Hill under Crawley, a hotel at Three Bridges, a literary and scientific institution at Pound-Hill, and a small workhouse. Acres: 13,250. Real property: £11,198. Population in 1851: 2,475; in 1861: 2,988. Houses: 539. The property is much subdivided. [Worth] Park, Tilgate house, Crabbett Park, Rowfant Hall, Huntsland, the Grange and the Grove are chief residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chichester. Value: £608. Patron: G. Banks, Esq. The church is Anglo-Saxon, cruciform, curious, and good. The [perpetual] curacy of Crawley-Down is a separate benefice. There are two Calvinist chapels, two national schools, and charities £34."

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.
  • GENUKI on Worth The article from Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867 is well worth a read and comparing with the excerpt from Wilson's Gazetteer above. It mentions the owners of several estates in the area contemporanious with the article.
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