Kingston by Ferring

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West Kingston Beach
Kingston is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area1.72 km2 (0.66 sq mi) [1]
Population625 (Civil Parish.2011)[2]
• Density363/km2 (940/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ085016
• London50 miles (80 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Kingston
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBN16
Dialling code01903
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
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 or Kingston by Ferring, is a small civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is a combination of a farmed rural interior and the three neighbourhoods of East Kingston, West Kingston and Kingston Gorse. The parish lies on the coast, between Ferring and East Preston parishes.

Geography and economy[edit]

Kingston is three miles (5 km) to the west of Worthing and among the most sparsely 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 village centre including the parish church was lost to the sea around 1630[3] and remains have been found well below the present highwater line.[4]


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


Kingston has been devoid of major crime reported widely since at least the early 19th century, save that a cornfield in the parish is where murder victim Sarah Payne was playing with her siblings when 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 sex offender, was later sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
  2. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 10 May 2014
  3. ^ Sussex Churches historical records
  4. ^ Sussex History; what is known of the chapel's fate