Until the 18th century
this famous seaside resort in West Sussex was
nothing more than a modest fishing village.
A London-based hat-maker named Richard Hotham arrived in 1787 with a grand plan to turn it into a thriving holiday spot.
King George V added the name ‘Regis’ to the town after he convalesced here in 1928.
Each year Bognor stages a bizarre ‘Birdman’ competition when people attempt to fly by leaping from the pier, though no one has yet landed the enormous cash prize. For three years between 1800 and 1803 the poet William Blake lived at nearby Feltham.