In all probability the encroachments of the sea in the past very materially contributed to the reduction of Worthing and the number of its inhabitants, as it is stated that -within the last century houses stood whereon what is now known as low water mark, and which are supposed to have been washed away by the inroads of the sea.
The Government of the town is under the jurisdiction of a High Constable and officers, appointed at an annual Court Leet holden for that purpose, and the town affairs are well regulated, offering every inducement to its numerous visitors. The country in its neighbourhood is varied and very attractive, and the drives are unsurpassed by any in the kingdom. Within a short distance of the town is High Down Hill, and from here there is a delightful prospect of land and sea: the hill can be plainly seen from Brighton, and serves as a landmark to navigators.
On the hillside is what is known as " The Miller's Tomb,"it is surrounded by a railing; at each corner a yew tree is planted. There is an inscription upon the tomb which certifies that it was erected in the year 1766 by John Olliver, miller,for the reception of his body after death. On the slab of the tomb appears these quotations from Scripture :
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive, 2 Cor. xv. 22.
For the law was gvven by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jescs Christ.^. John i. 17.
That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.St. John iii. 15.
Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is bis portion; for who sball bring him to see what shall be after him.Eccles. iii. 22.
Knowing that shortly I must put off this tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath sbewed me.2 ret. i. 24.