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Shoreham-by-Sea is a medium-sized (population 20,966 in 1981) provincial town on the Sussex coast in southern England, United Kingdom. It is in the middle of the ribbon of urban development along the coast between the city of Brighton & Hove and the larger town of Worthing.

The town centre, which is actually the parish of New Shoreham, is dominated by the River Adur which is a wide expanse of vegetated mud-flats at low water, with the river flow cutting a narrow path, and a tidal inlet at high tide. From the centre it is easy walking distance over the Footbridge to a shingle beach, with sand at low tide, and to both the downs and the river valley.


Although Shoreham has far more history than the neighbouring towns, there is little obvious evidence for visitors. The large Norman church of St. Mary de Havre dominates the town centre, and this reflects New Shoreham as the most important town in the region up to the 14th century when the town was half destroyed by encroachment from the sea. The church is only half the size of the original - the former nave has completely fallen down. The street plan north of the High Street dates back to medieval times and the building which is now the Marlipin's Museum dates back to the 14th century.

Shoreham-by-Sea is part of the administrative area known as Adur District Council.

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