Famous streets of Worthing
You're probably familiar with many of Worthing's street names but have you ever wondered where some of them actually come from?
Here are a few with their origins.
Princess Amelia Sophia Eleanor was the second daughter of King George II and Caroline of Ansbach. Both Amelia Road and Amelia Park, located close to Wykeham Road are named in her honour.
St Botolphs Road
St. Botolph was an English abbot who contributed vastly to the church during his time and many English churches are named after him. He is also the patron saint of travellers. St Botolphs Road stretches from Tarring Road and ends at Mill Road.
St Anselms Road
He was a Benedictine monk and philosopher of the Catholic Church. Referred to as ‘the father of Scholasticism’ by many, he is a saint with the title of ‘Doctor Magnificus’ or ‘Doctor of the Church’. St Anselms Road is in Tarring and connects Bulkington Avenue to Pavilion Road close to Old Nick’s Fish and Chips.
St Elmo Road
Saint Erasmus of Formia is a Christian martyr and patron saint of Sailors. The most famous thing named after him is the phenomenon of St Elmo’s Fire. He also has the honour of a street in Worthing named after him as well, which runs parallel to St Anselms Road. This road enclosed a square containing both the Worthing Pavilion Bowling Club close to it and Worthing F.C. on the far side.
St Lawrence Avenue
He was one of the seven Deacons of Rome and was also a martyr later declared as a Saint. St Lawrence Avenue in Worthing connects the A2031 to the South Farm Road and has the Worthing High School on its side.
St Thomas’ Road
He was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus, famously called ‘The Doubting Thomas’ because he refused to believe the resurrection without seeing it himself.
St Dunstan’s Road
The Archbishop of Canterbury was renowned for his talent in Craftsmanship. He was later declared as the patron saint of metalworks. Drivers have used this road many times recently due to a redirection whilst works are being done in South Street Tarring.
He was the first King of the Anglo Saxons and later, the King of the English famous for establishing Churches all over the country. The road is close to South Street Tarring and Ethelred Road.
Also known as Ethelred the Unready, he was the longest reigning Anglo-Saxon king of England until the 13th century when Henry III broke his record.
Chaucer Road is named after Geoffrey Chaucer who is widely acclaimed for his work ‘Canterbury Tales’ and regarded as the Father of English Literature. This road lies East to West connecting Heene Road to Shakespeare Road in the East and Longfellow Road on the west and is within Worthing’s popular ‘Poet’s Area’.
St Matthew’s Road
He was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus and is most famous for ‘The Gospel of St Matthew’. The road connects Shakespeare road on its west to Norfolk Street to the east. It is also a border at the northern side of Victoria Park, named after, not surprisingly Queen Victoria.