Worthing has grown to be the largest town in West .By the New Stone Age, some 5,500 years ago, it was the centre of the most important flint mining industry in the country. Tools and metal of the Bronze Age and coins and pottery from the Iron Age have all been found within the Worthing Area. So too have Roman coins, tiles and pottery giving evidence of Roman occupation in various parts of the town Until the 1700’s Worthing’s beach was only enjoyed by the local fishing and farming communities and passing travellers. In 1821 The Esplanade was built.. British seaside piers date from the early 1800’s. Worthing’s pier was the thirteenth to be built in England. Oscar Wilde found it such a ‘charming town’ that he spent the summer and autumn of 1894 here writing ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in the mornings and playing with his family on the beach in the afternoons.
In the 1960’s Worthing was a prime venue for live bands including the Who and Eric Clapton. Throughout the 1970’s to the 1980’s Worthing became the place to retire to. However, this certainly wasn’t true of the 1990’s and the 2000’s. For three years in a row in 1998, 1999 and 2000 Worthing was voted the most profitable town in Britain, by Experian, a global information solutions company.