Old Postcard of Worthing

MAY 2024 TALK – A-Z WORTHING

Kevin Newman gave a very enthusiastic and entertaining talk about the Sussex seaside town of Worthing. He endeavoured to disabuse the frequently held view that Worthing was a poor man’s Brighton with reference to his published book – ‘An A-Z of Worthing’.

Formerly an agriculture and fishing hamlet, Worthing became fashionable in the Regency period with visits by Princess Amelia (hence Amelia Park ) and the writer Jane Austen. It was said that Princess Amelia favoured the town because, as an invalid, the beach was more accessible than Brighton with its high cliffs.

Princess Amelia by Sir William Beechey
Princess Amelia by Sir William Beechey

Oscar Wilde also wrote his book ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ on one of his visits to the town. On the downside, in 1934 violent confrontations erupted between protesters and Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists. Worthing also played a prominent role in the D-Day landings in the Second World War.

The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest

Unfortunately, over the years, various Councils have demolished many of the notable architectural buildings.

Copies of Kevin’s well-researched book were on sale at the meeting.

Old Postcard of Worthing – “L. L.”, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Image of Princess Amelia – William Beechey, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Photograph of The Importance of Being Earnest – ‘Oscar Wilde’, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

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