One of the most historic streets in Worthing – Tarring High Street contains three timber-framed cottages named Parsonage Row which date back to the late medieval period.
Click here for the Tarring Heritage Walking Trail – a 90min / 2.4km walking tour
In May 1801 a terrible fire engulfed Tarring village, with the result that nine cottages and three large barns were completely destroyed. The whole street could quite easily have been lost.
It is purported that St.Thomas A Becket who often stayed in Tarring planted a fig tree there about 1162, which is reputed to still exist, within the orchard which is supposed to consist entirely of trees descended from it, although the majority of the orchard trees date from 1745.
Visit the cottage in South Street Tarring to see The Ancient Fig Gardens, open to public one day each year normally 1st Saturday in July.