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BO/WO/1 Minutes and rough minutes of Council Meetings, 1895-1902; Minutes of Local Board of Health Committee, 1852-1890; Minutes of proceedings of Worthing Town Council, 1931-1974; Minutes of West Worthing Improvement Commissioners, 1865-1890


BO/WO/3 Rough minutes of Committee Meetings, 1896-1908. Minutes of various Council Committee meetings, including Highways Committee, Education Committee, and Public Health Committee, 1890-1974


BO/WO/5. Reports to Council and Committees, 1895


BO/WO/8. Byelaws and Sealed Orders, 1933-1954


BO/WO/9. Miscellaneous, mostly relating to the extension of borough boundaries, 1901-1938


Declarations on acceptance of the office, 1890-1966




BO/WO/10. Title Deeds, 1790-1915


BO/WO/12. Agreements, Contracts, Mortgages, 1923-1945


BO/WO/14. Registers of licenses issued, 1881-1917


BO/WO/16. Plans deposited for approval under local byelaws


BO/WO/18. Register of plans deposited for approval under local byelaws, 1903-1982


BO/WO/19. Registers of plans deposited under local regulations, 1925-1948


BO/WO/20. Records of Local Land Charges, 1925-1964


BO/WO/24. Miscellaneous, 1804-1945


Includes series of electoral registers, 1897-1915, and documents re Parliamentary and Boundary divisions, 1917-1947




BO/WO/30. General and Housing Ledgers, 1871-1877


BO/WO/31. Estimates, Abstracts, Financial Statements, 1968-1974


BO/WO/32. General accounts, 1907-1922


BO/WO/35. Rate Books, 1851-1945


BO/WO/36. Summons and costs of collection accounts, 1916-1929


BO/WO/42. Registers of loan sanctions granted by H.M. Government, 1853-1971


BO/WO/43. Registers of loans and mortgages raised, 1853-1968


BO/WO/44. Registers of loans to the public under the Small Dwelling Acquisitions Acts, 1924-1967


BO/WO/45. Registers of advances to house owners, 1959-1977


BO/WO/46. Loans ledgers, 1906-1940


BO/WO/48. Accounts relating to rechargeable works, 1894-1921


BO/WO/49. Accounts of trading undertakings, 1874-1898


BO/WO/50. Miscellaneous, 1915-1917


Includes certificates of Registration, Rent and Mortgage Interest, 1933-1944, and Register of Local Bonds, 1920-1942




BO/WO/52. Miscellaneous, including Applications for Improvement Grants, and Registers of Dwelling, 1925-1988




BO/WO/53. Working plans, 1928-1940


BO/WO/55. Reports to the Council, 1929-1948


BO/WO/56. Miscellaneous: series of letter books, 1897-1939; documents re Unemployment Relief Works, 1921-1923; Building Inspector's Works Books, 1901-1926




BO/WO/57. Annual reports, 1875-1967. See note in catalogue


BO/WO/58. Registers 1913-1952




BO/WO/61. Register of cases of Tuberculosis among livestock, 1929-1936


BO/WO/63. Public Health Officer, including orders determining closure and demolition of dwellings, 1913-1966




BO/WO/65. Printed Matter, 1933-1957




BO/WO/66. Worthing Town Commissioners, 1803-1852; Worthing Board of Health Minutes, 1852-1883 (MF 1255-1256); Worthing Parish Overseers, 1895-1928, Worthing Savings Bank, 1865-1885


BO/WO/68. Education Committee, 1897-1974. See note in catalogue


BO/WO/69. Charities, 1900-1984

Date: 1790-1974
Related material:

The records of Worthing Borough were listed for the National Register of Archives in 1950, and a copy of the list is available in the Search Room [Vol. III pp. 727-740]. Most of these records have now been deposited in the Record Office, while those still held at the Town Hall may be consulted there on application to the Borough Secretary. In addition an Ordnance Survey Map of Worthing, 1875, at the scale of 10.5 feet per rule, may be seen on application to the Borough Engineer


Note that the records of Messrs. Melvill Green and Charles, Solicitors, Worthing, formerly Messrs. Tribe and Green, deposited in the West Sussex Record Office in January 1976, [Acc.4008], contain a good series of Worthing Local Acts and several broadsheets of c.1855. William Foard Tribe was at one time Clerk to the Worthing Commissioners. These records have been catalogued under BO/WO/101-28

Held by: West Sussex Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Worthing Borough, 1890-1974

Physical description: 38 series
Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the Borough Secretary, the Borough Surveyor, and the Librarian, Worthing Library, the Area Education Officer and via the Borough Council, in 1975, 1976, 1980, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Custodial history:

BO/WO/24/1-7 are photocopies made by the West Sussex Record Office, 1990.

  • West Sussex
  • Local government
Administrative / biographical background:

An Act of 1803 [43 Geo 3 c 59] established Commissioners for paving, lighting, cleansing, watching, improving and policing the streets of Worthing in the parish of Broadwater. The powers of the Commissioners were increased by two later Acts, in 1809 [49 Geo 3 c 114], which established a market, and in 1821.


In 1852 a Local Board of Health was formed for the town under the Public Health Act, 1848, and the powers of the Commissioners were abolished or transferred to the Local Board.


An Act of 1865 [28 Vict c 27] established Commissioners for improving and regulating the 'proposed new town' of West Worthing in the parish of Heene, and the powers of the Commissioners were enlarged in 1884 by Order of the Local Government Board. (For a plan of the boundaries of the new town see QDP/W 148, 149.)


In August 1890 Worthing and West Worthing were incorporated as the Municipal Borough of Worthing, and the powers of the existing authorities transferred to the new body. The new authority comprised that part of Broadwater which had formed the district of the Worthing Local Board, together with the whole of Heene parish.


By Local Government Board Order of 1902, part of Broadwater and part of West Tarring parishes were transferred to the Borough. (For a plan see County Council series WDC/CL 60.)


By Ministry of Health Order of 1928 the parishes of Durrington and Goring-by-Sea were merged with the Borough. (For a plan see County Council series WOC/CC 8.)


By the West Sussex Review Order of 1933 part of Findon and part of Sompting parishes were transferred to the Borough. (For a plan see County Council record WOC/CC 7/2/7.)

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