Bognor Regis is one of the oldest Saxon sites recorded in West Sussex and has had many names over time including Bucgan, Buggenore and Bogenor!
The most famous person of Bognor Regis’ history is Sir Richard Hotham whose dream was to create a popular seaside resort in Bognor, which he aimed to call Hothampton (this name didn’t catch on!).
He purchased over 1600 acres of land (that’s a lot!) in order to create his ideal seaside town. Building began in 1787, when Sir Richard laid the first foundation stone, followed by the building of the famous Hotham House in 1792. Sir Richard died in 1799 but his legacy still remains today.
In 1929, King George V arrived in Bognor following a lung operation in which he was not recovering well from. Back then, people thought sea air was good for your health! Luckily, King George fully recovered. In order to thank the town, he added the word Regis onto the end of Bognor, changing the name to Bognor Regis in 1929.
This was considered a great honour at the time and was one of the last places in Britain to get the name Regis!
Bognor Regis has a birthday! It falls on the 18th of January, celebrating the day that the first foundation stone was laid. Every year, a wreath is placed on the grave of Sir Richard Hotham to mark this important date.
There is a total of 18 places in Britain with the name Regis!
Can you research any other places with the name Regis?
Bognor 1912 - Copyright of Alford (2002) The Paradise Rocks: A 1930’s Childhood in Bognor and a Little Local History - Picture 7
Bognor Regis 1932 - Copyright of Alford (2002) The Paradise Rocks: A 1930’s Childhood in Bognor and a Little Local History - Picture 117
Bognor Regis 2015 – Copyright of Danielle Pitman