Maps of Worthing

Maps of Worthing

This guide will show you how to search for, save and print from local maps scanned from originals held by West Sussex Library Service as part of the Worthing Community Hub project.

You can print or download this maps of Worthing helpsheet [1.8 MB].

The Worthing maps collection covers all coastal towns and villages between Littlehampton and Southwick and includes all out-of-copyright significant Worthing area maps which were digitised from the old Worthing Library map cabinets. (Over 1,800 transferred maps were transferred to West Sussex Record Office.)

There are three main sections:

Worthing Building Plans 1814 to 1985

22 sheets covering older buildings in the town, including Beach House, Broadwater Library, Dome cinema, Field place, St Paul’s, Montague Hall, St James’ Hall etc.

Worthing Town Maps 1720 to 1950

77 sheets most covering the whole town but some early ones depict just farms or parts of the town (Broadwater, Durrington etc); particularly good on the Victorian period (1837-1901 and Second World War.

Ordnance Survey Large Scale (very detailed) Post 1945

Worthing

Most Detailed OS National Grid 1:1250 scale     

267 sheets covering the whole of Worthing plus Ferring and Findon; dated between 1951 and 1969; with street index.

Less Detailed OS National grid 1:10,000 (6” to 1 mile)

27 sheets covering Littlehampton in the west to Southwick in the east, and the whole area northwards to Pulborough in the west and across to Hurstpierpoint in the east; dated between 1951 and 1969; with visual [map] index to towns & villages.

Lancing, Shoreham and Southwick

Most Detailed OS National Grid 1:1250 scale     

45 sheets covering the coastal area from Lancing to Shoreham, Kingston-by-Sea to Southwick; dated between 1951 and 1969; with street index.

Less Detailed OS National grid 1:10,000 (6” to 1 mile)

27 sheets covering Littlehampton in the west to Southwick in the east, and the whole area northwards to Pulborough in the west and across to Hurstpierpoint in the east; dated between 1951 and 1969; with visual [map] index to towns & villages.

Searching the Worthing Maps Collection

After you have logged on to the public computer, to access the Worthing Cuttings Collection, double-click on the Documents icon on the desktop (circled in red).  

Screenshot of public computer homescreen

 

Choose This PC then double-click Local History Sources.  

Screen snip of This PC computer drive

Screen snip of Local History Drive

 

Then double-click on Maps.

Screenshot of map folder

Then double-click on Worthing Area Maps.

Screen snip of Worthing Area Maps

Then, depending on what you’re trying to find, choose the folder that you would like to search.

Screenshot of folders

Worthing Building Plans 1814 to 1985

Open the index to see which maps are available.

Screenshot of map index

The index has a list of all the plans, with a brief description. Make a note of the file name of the plan you wish to look at.

Screenshot of map description

 

 

For example

Screen snip of file name

 

Screenshot of The Dome Cinema plans

To save the image, click File from the toolbar, followed by Save As: Choose a Different Folder

Screenshot of save function

You can either save here or insert a memory stick, select it, then click Save.

Screenshot of saving to memory stick

Alternatively, you could take a screenshot of the article, paste it into a blank message and email it to yourself if you have a web based email account such as Hotmail or Gmail.

To take a screenshot, click on Edit then Take a Snapshot.

The cursor will change to a cross-shape. Position it above and to the left of the extract that you wish to save or print. Then left click and hold the button down. Now drag the cursor across the extract so that it is highlighted in blue. When you release your finger, an onscreen message will confirm your edit. Click on OK. The image is then copied to the clipboard so that you can right click to paste it into an email.

Screenshot of map screenshot

To print the image, click File from the toolbar, followed by Print.

Screenshot of print options

 

Worthing Town Maps 1720 to 1950

Open the index to see which maps are available.

Screenshot of Map index

The index has a list of all the plans, with a brief description. Make a note of the file name of the plan you wish to look at.

Screenshot of building plan description

 

Then double click on the file name in the Town maps folder to open the file.

Screen snip of file name

Screenshot of town plan map

To save and print the map, follow the instructions in the Worthing Building Plans section.

Ordnance Survey Large Scale (very detailed) Post 1945

Double click on the area that you would like to view: Lancing, Shoreham & Southwick or Worthing including Ferring, Findon & Sompting.

Screenshot of map options

Then select the type of map you would like to view: Less Detailed O.S. National Grid 1.10,000 (6 inches to 1 mile) or Most Detailed Maps O.S. National Grid 1.1250 scale (c.50inches to one mile).

Screenshot of map type

For the Most Detailed Maps O.S. National Grid 1.1250 scale (c.50inches to one mile) use the index to find the TQ reference of the street you would like to find on a map.

Screenshot of map references

For example, Archibald Road is TQ1603SW.

Screenshot of street index reference

 

Find the relevant maps from the list in the folder.

Screenshot of map list

Then double click on the map which you would like to view.

 

Screenshot of map

For the Less Detailed OS National grid 1:10,000 (6” to 1 mile) use the Index to places to find the reference for the area which you wish to look at.

Screenshot of map options

For example, for maps of Findon the reference is TQ10NW. Some areas such as Clapham go across two squares on the index so you will need to look up two reference numbers.

Screenshot of map reference grid

Find the relevant map(s) from the list in the folder.

Screensnip of map listing

Then double click on the map which you would like to view.

Screenshot of print preview

To save and print the map, follow the instructions in the Worthing Building Plans section.

 

How to Use These Maps

These are low resolution images which you can print, or save and email to yourself, for private use or research. If you share them on social media, please mention that you obtained them from West Sussex CC Library Service.

Please note that West Sussex County Council Library Service created these files and owns the copyright. You must contact us to request permission before publishing or sharing them online, in print, talks or exhibitions as we shall require a specific credit line, and/or a link and may charge a fee if for commercial use. Commercial use is always welcomed and we can supply images for books, magazines, exhibitions, television etc. Just complete this online form for a no obligation quote.

You can also buy high resolution jpegs or enlarged prints on photographic paper from the Scanning Unit based at West Sussex Record Office. Just email our Record Office colleagues with the file name of any photographs, or attach the low resolution image(s) you downloaded, and mention whether you’d like a digital file or a particular size print.

If you have any queries about these sources, please email the Enquiries Team.

 

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This guide has been produced by West Sussex County Council Library Service © 2021.

 

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