Worth, Kent

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Worth
The Crispin Inn, Worth.jpg
The Crispin Inn, Worth
Worth is located in Kent
Worth
Worth
 Worth shown within Kent
Population 992 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference TR336561
District Dover
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DEAL
Postcode district CT14
Dialling code 01304
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament South Thanet
List of places
UK
England
Kent

Coordinates: 51°15′23″N 1°20′50″E / 51.2563°N 1.3472°E / 51.2563; 1.3472

Worth is a civil parish located in the shire county of Kent and English district of Dover. Worth is situated near Sandwich, Kent, England. It has two public houses, a church, and a school. According to the 2011 UK Census, Worth had a population of 992.[1]

Worth was supposedly first inhabited due to its fertile soils. This then eventually led to the cultivation of the land during the Norman times by the Lords of the Eastry Manor.[2]

History[edit]

According to Hasted in the 18th century, Worth was made up of three boroughs, only one of which making up the current village of the 21st century, Worth Street.[3] In the Gazetteer of the British Isles in 1887, John Bartholomew described Worth as coastal parish and village.[4] During the sixteenth century, the area was known for its redbrick style of housing, however Worth Church, depicted below, shows the signs of Norman work from the twelfth century[5]

Worth Church, Worth, Kent.

Name[edit]

The parish name of Worth is said to relate to the word Enclosure, and incorporates a description of "elements and their meanings".[6]

Literature[edit]

C.S. Forester's fictional naval hero Horatio Hornblower was born in the village of Worth, according to Hornblower's biographer Cyril Northcote Parkinson[in The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower. According to Parkinson, the name of the small village varied in the 18th Century from Word or Worde to Worth and that a farm called the Blue Pigeons was central to the smuggling business at that time.[7] There is today a Blue Pigeon Inn in Worth.[8]

It is said by a local legend that Henry V was returning on the 25th October, also known as St Crispin's Day, where he had claimed victory at Agincourt, disembarking at Worth. Here he fell in love with a local "ale-wife", where they ended up living together at the local inn. supposedly as to why the The Crispin Inn (pictured) of Worth is named as it is.[9]

Location[edit]

The two maps below depict the same mapped view of Worth, simply one century apart. As is clear by them, mapping technique and quality vastly improved over this period. Photography made mapping a lot more simple and a lot more accurate for Ordnance Survey.[10]

A map of Worth from 19th century Ordnance Survey
A map of Worth from 20th century Ordnance Survey

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

The village of Worth covers an area of 1629 hectares and with the population of 992, it has a population density of 0.61 people per hectare.[11] In 1801, the village of Worth only had a population of 264 people, which rose to 718 come 1961.[12] Population figures peaked to 977 as shown in the 1931 UK Census,[13] however due to the unforeseeable circumstances of World War II, population plummeted and only in the most recent census has the population climbed above the 977 mark.[14]

Total population of the civil parish of Worth in the county of Kent, between the years of 1801 and 2011. Population peaked in 1931, 8 years before World War II caused the population to fall. And yet only come 2011 has the population reached its previous extent.

Employment[edit]

Male employment type in Worth 1881. The majority of workers are employed within agriculture and governmental services, followed by defence of the country. Minimal amounts of workers are professional, or work with textiles and domestic goods.

As shown in the graphs to the right, female and male employment in history has been very different. In 2011 in Worth there were 414 people ages 16–74 in formal employment, with the majority of these being in wholesale and retail trade; and repair of motor vehicles (58), closely followed by those working in education (51).[15] In 2011 Worth had 431 people listed as economically active, which left a total of 272 economically inactive.[16] Despite this only 18 are listed as 'unemployed', as the majority of those who are economically inactive are either retired, students, on long term sick leave, disabled or are carers for other family members.[17]

Female employment type in Worth 1881. The majority of females at this time are in an unknown occupation, most likely unemployed due to their gender at this time in history. The largest proportion of employed females are working with domestic goods, and minimal amounts work as professionals, or in agriculture and textiles.

Housing[edit]

Within Worth there are 403 households, the majority of these have either 1 or 2 occupants, 106 and 183 respectively.[18]

Social[edit]

In 2011, out of the population of Worth, the most common religion is that of Christianity, with 651 Christians, compared to the next highest belief, being no religious views, encompassing 225 people.[19] This is a trend for both which follows the trends of the whole district of Dover.[20] Health in the area is high, with only 82 people out of 992 being in bad or very bad health in the 2011 UK Census.[21] Of the 992 people living in Worth, according to the 2011 Census, 950 of these were born in the United Kingdom. [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worth, Kent: Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key National Statistics". Neighborhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Places to Visit: Village of Worth". open Sandwich: Places to Visit. Sandwich History Society. 
  3. ^ "Places to Visit: Village of Worth". open Sandwich. Sandwich History Society. 
  4. ^ Bartholomew, John (1887). Gazetteer of the British Isles (1st ed.). Edinburgh: Bartholomew. 
  5. ^ "Places to Visit: Village of Worth". open Sandwich: Places to Visit. Sandwich History Society. 
  6. ^ "Key to English Place Names". Key to English Place Names- Worth Kent. University of Nottingham. 
  7. ^ Parkinson, Cyril Northcote (2003). The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower. The History Press; New edition edition. p. 17. ISBN 978-0750934398. 
  8. ^ "The Blue Pidgeon Inn, Worth". The Blue Pidgeon Inn, Worth. 2016. 
  9. ^ "Places to Visit: Village of Worth". open Sandwich. Sandwich History Society. 
  10. ^ "Ordnance Survey: Our History". Ordnance Survey. 
  11. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics: Worth, Kent: Population Density". Office for National Statistics: 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. 
  12. ^ "Vision of Britain, Worth Units and Statistics". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS/ University of Portsmouth. 
  13. ^ "Vision of Britain: Worth, Units and Statistics". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS/ University of Portsmouth. 
  14. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Key Statistics for 2011 Census: Worth, Kent. Neighbourhood Statistics. 2011. 
  15. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics: Worth, Kent: 2011 Census: Industry". Office for National Statistics: 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. 
  16. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics: Worth, Kent: 2011 Census: Economic Activity". Office for National Statistics: 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. 
  17. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics: Worth, Kent: 2011 Census: Economic Activity". Office for National Statistics: 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. 
  18. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics: Worth, Kent: 2011 Census: Household Size.". Office for National Statistics, 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. 
  19. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics: Worth, Kent: 2011 Census: Religion". Office for National Statistics: 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. 
  20. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics: Worth, Kent: 2011 Census: Religion". Office for National Statistics: 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. 
  21. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics: Worth, Kent: 2011 Census: Health". Office for National Statistics: 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. 
  22. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics: Worth, Kent: 2011 Census: Country of Birth". Office for National Statistics: 2011 UK Census. Office for National Statistics. 

External links[edit]

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