Tarring, West Sussex

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West Tarring
Tarring High Street.jpg
Tarring High Street
West Tarring is located in West Sussex
West Tarring
West Tarring
 West Tarring shown within West Sussex
Population 8,646 (2011.Ward)[1]
OS grid reference TQ132040
District Worthing Borough
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WORTHING
Postcode district BN13 0, BN14 0
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°49′29″N 0°23′38″W / 50.82476°N 0.39385°W / 50.82476; -0.39385

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").

During the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the village was known as Terringes.[2] It is thought that the place name means 'Teorra's people', with Teorra being a Saxon settler.[2]


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.[3]

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.[citation needed]

Modern Tarring[edit]

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.

Famous residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Worthing Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Glover, Judith (1997), Sussex Place-Names: Their Origins and Meanings Countryside Books ISBN 978-1-85306-484-5
  3. ^ 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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