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West Tarring is a neighbourhood of the Borough of Worthingmarker in West Sussexmarker, Englandmarker. It lies on the A2031 road 1.2 miles (2 km) northwest of the town centre. It is officially called West Tarring or, less commonly, Tarring Peverell, to differentiate it from Tarring Nevillemarker near Lewesmarker, but is usually called just "Tarring" (pronounced "Ta-ring", not "Tar-ring").

During the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the village was known as Terringes. It is thought that the place name means 'Teorra's people', with Teorra being a Saxon settler.

History

Tarring was given by King Athelstan of Englandmarker to the archbishops of Canterbury in the 10th century, and there is a tradition that the village was visited by Thomas Becket, the martyred archbishop, in the 12th century and also St Richard of Chichester, patron saint of Sussex, in the 13th century.

West Tarring is noted for its 13th-century parish church of St Andrewmarker, 13th-century Archbishop's Palace, numerous old houses including the 15th-century timber-framed Parsonage Row, and two pubs: The Vine and the George and Dragon.

Despite Tarring High Street being a relatively short and very narrow road, it was once home to five pubs and was also the route for double decker buses. This is the reason for the "George and Dragon"'s unusually high pub sign. A lamp case bearing the legend "Castle Inn" is still present outside one of the former public houses.

West Tarring had an ancient fig garden, dating from 1745 or earlier. This garden survived for nearly 250 years but most of it was destroyed in the late 20th century to make way for property development.

Modern Tarring

West Tarring's sub-post office was closed down in 2004 becoming a general store. There are three other shops in Tarring, including a small bakery. The former village has now become a commuter feeder area and suburban enclave with locally well known residents including Ian Hart, a strong Brighton & Hove Albion supporter, broadcaster on BBC Southern Counties radio and local undertaker. Roy Stannard, the co-founder of 107.7 Splash FM and business economic partnership Worthing First has also made his home there in recent years.

The nearest railway station is West Worthingmarker, 0.8 km (0.5 miles) away.

References

  1. Glover, Judith (1997), Sussex Place-Names: Their Origins and Meanings Countryside Books ISBN 978-1853064845



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