The Anglo Saxons arrived on the Selsey Peninsula.
First known reference to Bognor was as Bucgan ora, ora was a landing place (beach) settled by Bucga a female Saxon Chieftain. Bognor was thought to be a wide inlet with Selsey and possibly Felpham islands surrounded by seawater.
The Domesday Book references Chichester, Felpham held by the Abbey of Shaftsbury, Pagham and Selsey. Bersted is referenced as being part of St Wilfred Ecclesiastical estate on the Selsey peninsula which was endowed by a king of the South Saxons and worked by a force of 250 slaves located in the hamlets of Bersted, North Bersted, the Mundhams and Shrimpney in the Seventh Century
Map by John Speed identifies the Bognor Rocks
Yeakell and Gardners survey of Sussex refers to Little Bognor (today Upper Bognor) and Great Bognor as a cluster of buildings at the east end of the High Street
Sir Richard Hotham first visits Bognor
The foundation stone of a Public Bathing place laid by Sir Richard Hotham, he builds a hotel, library, theatre and hot and cold water baths
Hothamton was the intended name of Sir Richard’s new resort. His show case development was Hothamton Crescent in Upper Bognor Road consisting three buildings each divided into 3 houses, The central mansion Dome House (now part of Chichester University Bognor Regis Campus) was built for royalty and is today Bognor’s only Grade 1 listed Building.
Sir Richard Hotham moves to his second home Chapel House (now Hotham Park House) which included a farm and a brick built Ice House which still survives today in London Road and considered to be one of the best examples of its kind in Sussex.
The clock tower is added to Chapel House
Sir Richard Hotham the founder of modern Bognor dies
A coaching Inn the New Inn was built in the High Street, later renamed the Sussex Hotel and in 1975 renamed The William Hardwicke
Following the fire of Sir Richard Hotham’s Hotel, a new hotel is built further inland now known as the Royal Norfolk Hotel.
The railway line was extended from Worthing to Chichester
John Fletcher bought Chapel House. It passed to his eldest son William Fletcher who renamed it Aldwick Manor and developed the gardens we know today as Hotham Park.
The Branch railway line from Barnham to Bognor was completed
Bognor’s Pier designed by Sir Charles Fox and J W Wilson was opened by the Hon Claude Bowes- Lyon (Later Lord Strathmore) on 5th May at a cost of £5,000
The White Tower, Aldwick Road was designed and built by John Hawes
Work starts on the Pavillion at the end of the town’s 1,000ft ( c 300meters) pier
New railway station and the Arcade on the High Street built
Mixed bathing machines arrive on the seafront
Two new theatres with the Kursaal (later the Rex) built
King George V convalescence at Craigweil House Aldwick
On July 26th, King George V grants the title of Regis to the town becoming Bognor Regis
The Town Hall was opened on 6th October
W E Butlin establishes an Amusement Arcade on the seafront
HMS St Barbara was commissioned on Bognor Regis Pier as an anti-aircraft range and gunnery training school.
Hotham park gardens opened to the public
New Butlin’s resort established at Brooklands between Bognor and Felpham at a cost of £2.5 million
The Pavillion end of the pier was severed from the main structure after a storm
The Pier’s sea end pavillion destroyed by a storm
The Rex Theatre, Ballroom and shops demolished and the Regis Centre built
The Birdman competition moved from Selsey to Bognor Pier
Hotham Park Heritage Trust was formed in 1998 to safeguard and improve Hotham Park in Bognor Regis
Bognor Pier awarded Grade 11 listed status
Butlins opens its £40 million water complex in Bognor Regis
Visit by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Bognor Regis
Bognor Regis A Brief History, Bognor Regis Local History Society, Bygone Bognor: James Cartland 1979
Compiled by Ken Blamires