Broadwater is an Ancient Parish in the county of Sussex.

Other places in the parish include: Worthing.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1571

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes Adjacent to Broadwater

  • Horsham
  • West Tarring
  • Lancing
  • Nuthurst
  • Findon
  • Sompting

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BROADWATER, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in worthing 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. Pop., 6,466. Houses, 1,188. The property is much subdivided. Offington, anciently the seat of the Lords Delawarr, 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 p. curacies of Worthing and St. George are separate benefices. Charities, £25. The subdistrict contains five parishes. Pop., 8,387.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WORTHING, a town, two chapelries, and a district, in Sussex. The town stands on the coast, adjacent to the South Coast railway, 11 miles W by S of Brighton; is in Broadwater parish; was only a small fishing-village till about the end of last century; came into notice as a watering-place, through visits to it of the Princess Amelia in 1798 and the Princess Charlotte in 1807; grew steadily in public favour from the excellencies of its climate and of its bathing-facilities; was visited, in 1849, by the Dowager Queen Adelaide; is now a seat of-petty sessions and a polling place; occupies flat ground, sheltered by an amphitheatre of chalk downs; comprises spacious, well built, cleanly streets; includes an open space of 3 acres called the Steyne, and a shore-esplanade nearly 2 miles long; carries on a fishery of herrings and mackerels, chiefly for the London market; and has a head post-office, a r. station with telegraph, two banking offices, four hotels, good bathing-appliances, good sanitary arrangements, baths and assembly-rooms of 1866, a corn exchange, a coastguard station, an iron-pier 960 feet long, erected in 1862 at a cost of £4,182, three churches of 1812, 1843, and 1868, three dissenting chapels, a literary institution with library and reading room, four public schools, a school-college, two suites of alms houses, and a weekly market on Saturday. The pop., in 1869, was estimated at 7,500; the houses, at 1,250. Pop. in 1851, 5,370; in 1861, 5,805. Houses, 1,051. The chapelries are Worthing and Christchurch; and the latter was constituted in 1855. The living of W. is a p. curacy, and that of C. is a vicarage, in the diocese of Chichester. Value of W., £150; of C., £300. Patron of both, the Rector of Broadwater. The district comprehends Broadwater, Little Hampton, and Arundel sub-districts. Acres, 42,457. Poor rates in 1863, £9,673. Pop. in 1851, 18,746; in 1861, 18,921. Houses, 3,722. Marriages in 1866, 158; births, 620, of which 38 were illegitimate; deaths, 432, of which 121 were at ages under 5 years, and 12 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,229; births, 4,966; deaths, 3,372. The places of worship, in 1851, were 25 of the Church of England, with 8,682 sittings; 3 of Independents, with 1,280 s.; 3 of Wesleyans, with 802 s.; 3 undefined, with 451 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics with 80 s. The schools were 22 public day-schools, with 1,666 scholars, 35 private day-schools, with 753 s.; 23 Sunday schools, with 1,572 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 12 s. The district includes East Preston and Arundel poor-law unions, and parts of two others; and has workhouse s in East Preston and Arundel.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records


Online Records (Free)

England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910


Worthing Sussex Fashionable Directory 1831 – Lists nobility & gentry, teachers, solicitors, house agents, milliners, perfumers, saddlers and other trades.

Maps of Broadwater

Vision of Britain historical maps – Broadwater

Vision of Britain historical maps – Worthing


County: Sussex
Civil Registration District: Worthing
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Chichester for the Archdeaconry of Chichester
Diocese: Chichester
Rural Deanery: Storrington
Poor Law Union: East Preston
Hundred: Brightford
Province: Canterbury

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