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Bognor Regis Collection

A seaside coastal resort located in the South of England

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Officially the sunniest town in Britain, Bognor Regis is a seaside coastal resort located within West Sussex in the South of England and one of the oldest recorded Saxon place names in Sussex. In a document of 680AD it is referred to as Bucgan or a meaning Bucge's (a female Saxon name) shore, or landing place. In more recent times it was known as just ''Bognor'' and up until the 18th century, was just a fishing village and was also used by smugglers. The first tourists arrived in the 18th century, and King George V convalesced from surgery here in the late-1920s, which is how the town gained its royal Regis suffix. Ever since the Butlin's holiday camp opened in 1960 Bognor Regis has been an archetype for England's staid seaside resorts with an unending string of shingle beaches trimmed by a promenade.

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Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Sunrise over Bognor Regis Pier

Sunrise over Bognor Regis Pier
Dave Porter Peterborough Uk, 904634838

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Sunrise over Bognor Regis Pier

Sunrise over Bognor Regis Pier
The original Bognor Regis pier took 18 months to build and was opened on the 4th May 1865. It was build by the Bognor Promenade Company at a cost of £ 5000

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Bognor Regis Beach, 1963

Bognor Regis Beach, 1963
4th March 1963: The beach at Bognor Regis, Sussex, with the pier in the background. (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Hand coloured antique map of Sussex England

Hand coloured antique map of Sussex England
This detailed map of Sussex is from Dugdales England and Wales Delineated. The map was drawn by G.Cole and engraved by John Roper for publication first in The Beauties Of England And Wales

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: The Old Pier, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England

The Old Pier, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Bognor Regis Pier at sunset

Bognor Regis Pier at sunset
bognor, 508499630

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Bognor bandstand

Bognor bandstand
The Regency style flats of seafront Bognor Regis overlooking the promenade bandstand and sea

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Bognor Pier

Bognor Pier
stock trader, decking, bognor, 641331836

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Bognor Beach

Bognor Beach
4th March 1963: The pier and beach at Bognor Regis, Sussex. (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Bognor Sea Front 1963

Bognor Sea Front 1963
4th March 1963: The beach at Bognor Regis, Sussex. (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Bognor Pier 1963

Bognor Pier 1963
4th March 1963: The pier at Bognor Regis, Sussex. (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images) Built by the Bognor Promenade Company

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Bognor Pier

Bognor Pier
Bognor Regis at the seaside in West Sussex

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Bognor Holiday

Bognor Holiday
29th March 1929: Crowds on the promenade and beach at Bognor Regis. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Al Fresco Lunch

Al Fresco Lunch
29th March 1929: A family enjoying a picnic on the beach at Bognor. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Holiday Waves

Holiday Waves
29th March 1929: Children in the sea at Bognor, waving. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Early Swimmers

Early Swimmers
10th February 1929: Two girl bathers enjoying an early morning dip at Bognor. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Sunny Bognor

Sunny Bognor
1929: Crowds on the promenade and beach at Bognor Regis. (Photo by J. B. Helsby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Beach Exercises

Beach Exercises
29th March 1929: A group of children playing at aerobics in the sea at Bognor. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: Sand Yachting

Sand Yachting
19th April 1927: A sand yacht at the Easter meeting of the New City Sand Yachting Club at Bognor Regis. (Photo by Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageBognor Regis Collection: A Famous Shimmy

A Famous Shimmy
circa 1950: A young holidaymaker in Bognor Regis looking at a machine which promises to reveal how Gilda Gray Demonstrates Her Famous Shimmy. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images)


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