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BUCKINGHAM CLUB - BUCKINGHAM ROAD - 1940 to ?
 
Established in 1940 and said to be Worthing's oldest private members club. It was originally set up for local fishermen but became a RNA club (Royal Naval Association).

Mike Lawrence, whose father Albert was a steward there, recalls naval ships mooring off Worthing beach with groups of sailors  landing in DUKWS (or 'Ducks' as they were often known) and heading for the club.

 

   
   

As it is today (2011), most of the original buildings were knocked down and replaced with flats and a shop premises. There is no trace of any of the original building.

Discovered in the Worthing Herald in 2010:
Many thanks to the large number of readers who got in touch after my appeal last week for information regarding the Worthing Working Men's Club in Buckingham Road. No sooner had the paper hit the streets, Ashley Horne from Wall Bros got in touch to say he can remember the club being at No2 Buckingham Road, opposite the public toilets, although he recalled it being called The Buckingham Club.

Fellow reader Colin Hartill came to my office with a copy of the Kelly's Directory of 1962, which confirmed the club, then the Worthing Working Men's Club and Institute, shared the premises at No 2 with the Worthing branch of the Royal Naval Association.