Worth, West Sussex

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Worth is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area19.95 km2 (7.70 sq mi) [1]
Population9,888 [1] 2001 Census
10,378 (2011 Census)[2]
• Density496/km2 (1,280/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ298364
• London27 miles (43 km) N
Civil parish
  • Worth
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCRAWLEY
Postcode districtRH10
Dialling code01293
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
51°06′47″N 0°08′49″W / 51.11301°N 0.14698°W / 51.11301; -0.14698Coordinates: 51°06′47″N 0°08′49″W / 51.11301°N 0.14698°W / 51.11301; -0.14698

Worth, in the context of this article, refers to two separate, though historically linked, entities: a civil parish in Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, and Worth village, an area within Crawley.

Worth civil parish[edit]

Worth is a civil parish in Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, a county in southeast England. It includes the villages of Copthorne and Crawley Down, and covers an area of 1,995 hectares (4,930 acres). The population at the time of the 2001 census was 9,888. At the 2011 Census the population of the civil parish had increased to 10,378.[2]

The parish of Worth was one of the larger West Sussex parishes, encompassing the entire area along the West Sussex/Surrey border between the town of Crawley, east of its High Street, and East Grinstead. The creation of Turners Hill civil parish meant that Worth parish is now only one-third of its original size.

Despite their names, neither Worth Abbey, an English Benedictine monastery, nor Worth School are located in the modern Worth civil parish. They are in what is now Turners Hill civil parish.

Worth village[edit]

St Nicholas' Church, the ancient parish church of Worth, has Saxon origins.

Worth village is now an area within the neighbourhood of Pound Hill in the borough of Crawley. It was formerly a separate village, and its name is still used for the civil parish in which it was originally situated.

Worth village has Saxon origins: Worth Church still retains its Saxon floor plan. The Wealden iron industry flourished here in the 17th and 18th centuries. The coming of the railway in 1855 brought more employment to the area, but the line closed in 1967.

The place appears under Surrey in the Domesday book, with the old spelling "Orðe" (pronounced with a silent initial 'w' as in 'one', and including the Saxon letter 'ð' which sounds a soft 'th'. The Domesday book's entries for Sussex, by comparison, list Worthing as "Ordinges" and Petworth as "Peteorde").

With the creation of Crawley New Town, Worth village became part of it, in the Pound Hill ward; the title of the ward was changed in 2004 to Pound Hill South and Worth. It is common for signposts to be altered to use the Worth name instead of Pound Hill by local residents.

The ecclesiastical parish, part of the Diocese of Chichester, maintains the distinction, and is formally entitled "The Parish of Worth, Maidenbower and Pound Hill."

Worth Park House, a large country house, once stood on the Milton Mount housing estate, now part of Pound Hill, Crawley. The house was home to Sir Joseph Montefiore and his family. The gardens have recently been restored.


  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 October 2016.

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