Worthing 19th century history - key dates 1800-18501802
A large shingle bar is removed from the sea in front of Worthing beach.
A new turnpike road from West Grinstead to Worthing (along the route of the current A24) makes Worthing much easier to reach from the north and crucially fashionable Londoners.
Worthing becomes a town with the passing of the Worthing Town Improvement Act.
Worthing protected from the ravages of marauding pirates by the Royal Navy.
Worthing receives another royal visitor - this time it was Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Prince of Wales.
The Theatre Royal was built in Ann Street.
A market opens in Worthing.
Work starts on building Worthing Esplanade.
The Royal Baths open on the seafront.
Naval skirmish between smugglers and coastguards just off Worthing.
John Oliver's former mill on Highdown Hill demolished, leaving just a Tomb with a View.
Fighting between smugglers and Customs men at Tarring, including a good old-fashioned shoot out.
Princess Augusta, the second daughter of George III, visits Worthing,
Worthing effected by the Captain Swing riots which swept through south eastern England.
Battle in Worthing High Street between smugglers and coastguards results in the death of William Cowerson - one of the leading smugglers.
Demonstrations in favour of higher wages for working men on Highdown Hill.
Gas street lighting installed.
Opening of the Old Town Hall.
More fighting between customs men and smugglers at Goring.
Worthing fishermen petition Parliament for protection from harassment from the French.
Opening of the lovely Wesleyan Chapel in Bedford Row.
The Shoreham to Worthing railway opens, making railway traffic from London a possibility.
The railway extended westwards to Goring-by-Sea.
The Lalla Rookh disaster - 11 Worthing men drowned while effecting a resuce in high seas.