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The yacht club, 2006
Goring-by-Sea is located in West Sussex
 Goring-by-Sea shown within West Sussex
OS grid reference TQ111025
District Worthing Borough
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WORTHING
Postcode district BN12
Dialling code 01903
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Worthing West
List of places
West Sussex

Coordinates: 50°48′44″N 0°25′28″W / 50.8122°N 0.42436°W / 50.8122; -0.42436

Goring-by-Sea is a neighbourhood of the Borough of Worthing in West Sussex, England, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Worthing town centre. Since 1929 Goring has been part of the Borough of Worthing.

It is thought that the place name Goring may mean either 'Gāra's people', or 'people of the wedge-shaped strip of land'.[1] Usually known as "Goring", the "by-Sea" suffix has been added to differentiate it from the village of Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

The Catholic church, English Martyrs Catholic Church, dedicated to the English Martyrs, has a copy of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Gary Bevans.[2] St Mary's, the Anglican parish church, was originally built c. 1100 AD as the Church of Our Blessed Ladye of Gorynge and was rebuilt in 1837 by Decimus Burton.[3]

Goring is served by Goring-by-Sea railway station and is thought to have been the inspiration for the name of the character Lord Goring in Oscar Wilde's play An Ideal Husband.

The mixed pebble and sand beach is popular for a wide variety of watersports including kitesurfing, has a boat ramp, and is dog-friendly. There is a busy café at its western end. The 1980s punk pop singer Billy Idol (William Broad) lived there for a few years.

Pete Townshend of The Who recorded the beach sounds for the band's album Quadrophenia on Goring beach.


  1. ^ Glover, Judith (1997), Sussex Place-Names: Their Origins and Meanings Countryside Books ISBN 978-1-85306-484-5
  3. ^ Churches in Goring-by-Sea

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