Local Worthies

This web page is dedicated to the memory of local men and women of Lancing & Sompting who were famous or distinguished themselves in their respective fields:


Lord Alfred Douglas ~ Oscar Wilde’s “Bosie” lived towards the end of his life at Monks Farm House, North

Road, with Sheila Coleman and her husband.

Anna Sewell ~ Lived at Fircroft, Manor Road. Wrote Black Beauty.

Ronald G P Kerridge ~ Local Historian lived in First Avenue, Lancing.

Basil Handford  ~ Author & Local Historian. Lived in the Street. Studied and taught at Lancing College, man &


George Shaw ~ Local Historian and Teacher at Lancing College lived in Mill Road.

Jack Greenhall  ~ Cartoonist. His first "Useless Eustace" cartoon appeared in the Daily Mirror on 21 January

1935. He died in Lancing in July 1983.

Sir Henry Cooper ~ As a child, heavyweight boxer was evacuated from London to Lancing, along with identical

twin brother, George.

Sir Sydney Samuelson ~ He started his career at The Luxor, Lancing as a Rewind Boy.

Sir Henry Ralph "Harry" Ricardo ~ One of the foremost designers and researchers of the internal combustion

engine. Lived at Penstone Park, which hosted the Basque Refugees. 

McCarthy family ~ Famous photographers and postcard makers.

Hertha Ayrton ~ Born Phoebe Sarah Marks, distinguished woman designer of fan or "flapper" to push the

gases out of the trenches......the flapper gas mask.

Harold Piffard ~ Pilot of first flight from Shoreham Aerodrome

Nathaniel Woodard ~ Founder of Lancing College

Harold Annison ~  Olympic Swimmer lived at Brown Gables, Mill Road.

Ted Walker ~  The writer was born in Lancing in 1934 and grew up at 186, Brighton Road, by the Widewater.

His autobiographical work, The High Path is named after the footpath at the Widewater.

John Jabez Edwin Mayall ~ Lived at Storks Nest, which was on the Brighton Road just east of The Terrace.

was a Victorian photographer to the rich and famous including Queen Victoria.

Charles Austin ~  Comedian and Music Hall entertainer and six times King Rat of The Grand Order of Water

Rats. He lived at Charleigh which was on the corner of Western Road and Brighton Road.

The Terrace, opposite Beach Green, Lancing was home at various times to the following:

William Chorley ~ Of former Homes of Rest/Bell Homes. He lived sometime at The Terrace.

Algernon Charles Swinburne ~  National Poet, stayed regularly at The Terrace.

Isabel Jay ~  Famous Opera Singer. Lived at the Terrace.

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Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy ~  Barrister and Q.C. famous for the “Tichborne case”. He lived at The

Terrace.     Click Here:


Charles A Morris ~ Artist, painted many local scenes, of which Worthing Museum have several. He lived

sometime at Myrtle Cottage, West Street, Sompting.

Bill Lindfield ~ Last Cowboy of Sussex ~ see sub-page: Click Here:

Harriet Finlay-Johnson ~ Avant guard Educationalist.

Edward John Trelawny ~ Poet and Adventurer.

Montague Shadworth Seymour Moore VC ~  The Montague family lived in Sompting until some time after the

1901 census.    Click Here:

Arthur Pullen Bury ~ Progressive horticulturist and inventor moving greenhouse.

Thomas Henry King ~ Co-founder of the Trebor Company, lived in Trebor Cottage in Cokeham Lane (41 0r

54?) for some twenty years. Click Here:

Henry William Doll  ~  Lived at Faust House (once opposite Lancing Library and Health Centre), Councillor &

one time owner of the Railway Hotel.



Although perhaps those listed on the Tithing Times memories page do not fully qualify as local "worthies", most are folk having connections with our area:    Click Here: