Tarring, West Sussex
Tarring High Street
West Tarring shown within West Sussex
|OS grid reference|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||BN13 0, BN14 0|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Worthing West|
West Tarring is a neighbourhood of the Borough of Worthing in West Sussex, England. It lies on the A2031 road 1.2 miles (1.9 km) northwest of the town centre. It is officially called West Tarring or, less commonly, Tarring Peverell, to differentiate it from Tarring Neville near Lewes, but is usually called just "Tarring" (pronounced "Ta-ring", not "Tar-ring").
Tarring was given by King Athelstan of England to the archbishops of Canterbury in the 10th century, and there is a tradition that the village was visited by Thomas Becket, the martyred archbishop, in the 12th century and also St Richard of Chichester, patron saint of Sussex, in the 13th century.
West Tarring is noted for its 13th-century parish church of St Andrew, 13th-century Archbishop's Palace, numerous old houses including the 15th-century timber-framed Parsonage Row, and two pubs: The Vine and the George and Dragon.
Despite Tarring High Street being a relatively short and very narrow road, it was once home to five pubs and was also the route for double decker buses. This is the reason for the "George and Dragon"'s unusually high pub sign. A lamp case bearing the legend "Castle Inn" is still present outside one of the former public houses.
West Tarring had an ancient fig garden, dating from 1745 or earlier. This garden survived for nearly 250 years but most of it was destroyed in the late 20th century to make way for property development.
West Tarring sub-post office was closed in 2004 and is now a unisex hairdressers. There are three other shops: a small general stores, tea rooms and a ladies' hairdresser. Once a village, Tarring has now become a commuter feeder area and suburban enclave.
The nearest railway station is West Worthing, 0.8 km (0.50 mi) away.
- St Richard of Chichester (1197–1253), lived here for a time after 1244, with the parish priest, Simon, while his appointment as Bishop of Chichester was disputed.
- John Selden, polymath, was born here on 16 December 1584.
- James Henty, pioneer, merchant and politician in Australia, was born here on 24 September 1800.
- William Henty, who bowled the first ball in the first ever first-class cricket match in Australia, was born here on 23 September 1808.
- Stephen Henty, prominent on the Victorian Legislative Council in Australia, was born here on 3 November 1811.
- Horace Mitchell, the first-class cricketer, was born here on 19 January 1858.
- Jason Lewry (born 1971), first-class cricketer, grew up here.
- "Worthing Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Glover, Judith (1997), Sussex Place-Names: Their Origins and Meanings Countryside Books ISBN 978-1-85306-484-5
- Salzman, L. F. (ed) (1980). "A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 1: Bramber Rape (Southern Part). West Tarring". Victoria County History of Sussex. British History Online. pp. 270–280. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
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