Broadwater, (West Sussex)

OPC for Broadwater is : Barrie Keech

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Broadwater was once the core of Worthing; in fact a book of 1835 speaks of Worthing as a hamlet of Broadwater parish.Worthing began to expand when sea-bathing became popular in the 19th century. In 1861, the population of Broadwater (including Worthing) was 5,970. In 1724 there had been only about 300 inhabitants. This number had grown to 1,018 by 1801.

The chapels of Ease built at Worthing eventually became separate parishes as the population of the district grew.

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St Mary's is a large cruciform church and is indeed one of the largest in Sussex. Part of the tower was once part of an earlier Norman church.

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These images show Broadwater street in the early years of the 20th century.

Other Broadwater parishes:


Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

Baptist Church

Hosanna, Queen Street Church Centre

Offington Manor Chapel

St Mary

St Stephen

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

5 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

1841 (Index), 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 - look up offered


Grid reference: 514500, 104500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 49 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 127 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 25 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.

Parish histories:

Numerous local history books of Broadwater (& Worthing) including "Georgian and Victorian Broadwater" by Ron Kerridge and M. Standing.


There are 26 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.

1867 Kelly's Directory for Broadwater is available on the GENUKI site

1911 Kelly's Directory - Lookup offered


There is 1 book about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 2 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 4 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains no wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 1 will which mention this parish.

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