Kingston by Ferring

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West Kingston Beach
Kingston is located in West Sussex
Kingston shown within West Sussex
Area 1.72 km2 (0.66 sq mi) [1]
Population 625 (Civil Parish.2011)[2]
• Density 363/km2 (940/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ085016
• London 50 miles (80 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Kingston by Ferring
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BN16
Dialling code 01903
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°48′15″N 0°27′42″W / 50.8043°N 0.46166°W / 50.8043; -0.46166Coordinates: 50°48′15″N 0°27′42″W / 50.8043°N 0.46166°W / 50.8043; -0.46166

Kingston by Ferring, usually known simply as Kingston, is a small civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is mixed between a farmed rural interior and the three neighbourhoods of East Kingston, West Kingston and Kingston Gorse and is between Ferring and East Preston civil parishes.

Geography and economy[edit]

It is three miles (5 km) to the west of Worthing and is among the most sparely populated areas in the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation; there is road access from East Preston and Angmering-on-Sea but not from Ferring to the east. A generally pedestrianised seafront connects the parish to Littlehampton and to Worthing.

The original developed village centre including the parish church was lost to the sea some time around 1630[3] and remains have been found well below the present high water line.[4]


Kingston Gorse is a directly seaside neighbourhood south of East Kingston farm, centred 3.4 miles (5.6 km) east of Littlehampton.

Farmland crime[edit]

Kingston has been devoid of major crime reported widely since at least the early 19th century, save that a family cornfield in the parish is where murder victim Sarah Payne happened to be playing with family but abducted on 1 July 2000. Her body was found 15 miles (24 km) away at Pulborough two weeks later. Littlehampton resident Roy Whiting, a convicted child abuser, was later sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.