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History of Worth

Worth comes from the Old English ‘worð’ meaning an ‘enclosure’. The letter ‘d’ in the Saxon language is the same sound as the modern ‘th’.


Worth parish church is a Grade: II listed building, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The Normans built the church in the 12th century and remodelled it a hundred years later. The Reverend Bryan Faussett records two bells in 1759. In 1800, Edward Hasted describes Worth church as ‘a small mean building, having a low pointed wooden turret at the west end, in which are two bells. The church consists of a nave, two isles, and a chancel, the north isle extending only about halfway towards the west end’. The architect, James Brooks carried out a restoration in 1888, and in the same year, Gillett & Co added a clock and clock bell.