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The area was part of the civitas of the Regni during the Romano-British period.Several of the borough's roads date from this era and lie in a grid layout known as 'centuriation'.Princess Amelia stayed in the town in 1798 and the fashionable and wealthy continued to stay in Worthing, which became a town in 1803.The town expanded and elegant developments such as Park Crescent and Liverpool Terrace were begun.The area was a stronghold of smugglers in the 19th century and was the site of rioting by the Skeleton Army in the 1880s.Oscar Wilde holidayed in the town in 18, writing the Importance of Being Earnest during his second visit.

Worthing remained an agricultural and fishing hamlet for centuries until the arrival of wealthy visitors in the 1750s.

Worthing remains part of the two-tier structure of local government, with some services being provided by West Sussex County Council.

The town currently returns nine councillors to the county council from nine single member electoral divisions.

There is also an important Bronze Age hill fort on the western fringes of the modern borough at Highdown Hill.

During the Iron Age, one of Britain's largest hill forts was built at Cissbury Ring.

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