Worthing is a large seaside town in England, with borough status in West Sussex. It is situated at the foot of the South Downs, west of Brighton, and east of the county town of Chichester. With an estimated population of 104,600 and an area of the borough is the second largest component of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation, which makes it part of the 15th most populous urban area in the United Kingdom.
The area around Worthing has been populated for at least 6,000 years and contains Britains greatest concentration of Stone Age flint mines, which are some of the earliest mines in Europe. Lying within the borough, the Iron Age hill fort of Cissbury Ring is one of Britains largest. Worthing means " Worth/Worōs people", from the Old English personal name Worth/Worō, and -ingas "people of".
For many centuries Worthing was a small mackerel fishing hamlet until in the late 18th century it developed into an elegant Georgian seaside resort and attracted the well-known and wealthy of the day. In the 19th and 20th centuries the area was one of Britains chief market gardening centres.
Modern Worthing has a large service industry, particularly in financial services. It has three theatres and one of Britains oldest cinemas Dome cinema. Writers Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter lived and worked in the town.
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