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Bognor Regis

Bognor Regis shown within the United Kingdom
Population 22,555
OS grid reference SZ9499
District Arun
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bognor Regis
Dialling code 01243
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
UK Parliament Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
European Parliament South East England
List of places: UKEnglandWest Sussex

Coordinates: 50°46′58″N 0°40′23″W / 50.7829, -0.6731 Image File history File links Download high resolution version (600x800, 11 KB) Summary Description: A blank map of the United Kingdom, with country outline and coastline; contact the author for help with modifications or add-ons Source: Reference map provided by Demis Mapper 6 Date: 2006-21-06 Author: User... Image File history File links Red_pog. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Arun is a local government district in West Sussex, England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of English administrative division used for the purposes of local government. ... West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... South East England is one of the nine official regions of England. ... Constituent countries is a phrase used, often by official institutions, in contexts in which a number of countries make up a larger entity or grouping; thus the OECD has used the phrase in reference to the former Yugoslavia[1], the Soviet Union and European institutions such as the Council of... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... Sussex Police is the police force covering East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove in southern England. ... A Fire Appliance belonging to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service The fire service in the United Kingdom has undergone dramatic changes since the beginning of the 21st century, a process that has been propelled by a devolution of central government powers, new legislation and a change to operational... The West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is statutory fire and rescue service for the county of West Sussex, England. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... As of 1st July the NHS Ambulance Services Trusts of Kent, Surrey and Sussex are being joined together to form a new South East Coast Ambulance Service . ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... Bognor Regis and Littlehampton is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... This is a list of Members of the European Parliament for the United Kingdom in the 2004 to 2009 session, ordered by name. ... South East England is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... List of cities in the United Kingdom List of towns in England Lists of places within counties List of places in Bedfordshire List of places in Berkshire List of places in Buckinghamshire List of places in Cambridgeshire List of places in Cheshire List of places in Cleveland List of places... This is a list of cities, towns and villages in the ceremonial county of West Sussex, England. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... A civil parish (usually just parish) in England is a subnational entity forming the lowest unit of local government, lower than districts or counties. ... Arun is a local government district in West Sussex, England. ... West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

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History

Bognor Regis was originally named Bognor, and was a fishing and smuggling village until the 18th century, when it was converted into a resort by Sir Richard Hotham. Tourism gradually took off over the next hundred years, and the town was visited by King George V in 1927; as a result it acquired the suffix Regis [1]. Local legend suggested the King's last words, upon being told that he would soon be well enough to revisit the town, were 'Bugger Bognor!'. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sir Richard Hotham Richard Hotham was born the youngest of five children in York in October 1722, but otherwise very little is known about his childhood. ... George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor, which he created from the British branch of the German House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... regis: Latin for of a king or royal Regis might refer to: Curia Regis, Latin term meaning Royal Council or Kings court. Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, (1988-2000) syndicated American television talk show hosted by Regis Philbin with Kathie Lee Gifford Live with Regis (2000-2001), hosted... Bugger is an expletive used in vernacular British English, South African English, Australian English, New Zealand English and Sri Lankan English. ...



The nearby village of Felpham, now a suburb of Bognor, was home briefly to the poet William Blake. Felpham is a south coast village situated between Bognor Regis & Middleton-on-Sea. ... The poor poet A poet is a person who writes poetry. ... William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker. ...


The Church of England, parish church is dedicated to St Wilfrid while the local Catholic Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. Wilfrid (c. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Seven Dolours of the Virgin. ...


Town

Bognor Regis has a large town centre, much of which has either been pedestrianized or made pedestrian friendly. Since the end of World War II the town has been subject to some piece-meal redevelopment, notably in the early 1960s when a new shopping parade and road (called Queensway), a health-centre and a high-rise block of flats were built on land just north-west of the High Street.

The main shopping precinct.
The main shopping precinct.



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In 2003/4 Planing Policy documents were drawn up which would, if fully enacted, lead to much redevelopment & regeneration, then in 2007 renewed interest was shown in developing a Marina .



The town has several areas, and buildings, that still firmly link it with its past. A good example, and a prominent local landmark, is the Royal Norfolk Hotel.



Bognor Regis lies within the constituency of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, the MP for which is Nick Gibb (Conservative). Bognor Regis and Littlehampton is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Nicolas John Nick Gibb (born September 3, 1960) British politician He is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ...


Tourism & Leisure

Butlins Holiday Camp

Sir Billy Butlin opened one of his famous Butlins Holiday Camps in Bognor in 1960. The camp later became known as Southcoast World until 1998 and is now known as Butlins Bognor Regis Resort. In 2004 Butlins erected a large indoor water leisure park, the buildings construction sharing aspects similar with the Millennium dome in London. In 2005, a new £10m hotel, called "The Shore Line Hotel" was unveiled at the Bognor Regis resort. Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne (Billy) Butlin, (September 29, 1899 – June 12, 1980), was the founder of Butlins Holiday Camps. ... Butlins Holiday Camps were founded by (later Sir) Billy Butlin to provide economical holidays in the United Kingdom and Ireland. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Birdman of Bognor

The Pier at Bognor Regis
The Pier at Bognor Regis

The Birdman is an annual competition for human-powered 'flying' machines held each summer in Bognor Regis. Contestants launch themselves from the end of the pier; a prize being awarded to the one who glides the furthest distance. Rarely taken completely seriously, the event provides competitors with an opportunity to construct improbable machines complete with outlandish dress. The spectacle draws a sizeable crowd in addition to the local media. Inaugurated in nearby Selsey in 1971, the Birdman transferred to Bognor in 1978 when it had outgrown its original location. Such celebrities as Richard Branson are famous for taking the leap of faith. Image File history File linksMetadata Bognor_Regis_The_Peir_1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Bognor_Regis_The_Peir_1. ... Selsey is an English seaside town, about 7 miles (11 kilometres) south of Chichester, West Sussex. ...

See also

The Alexandra Theatre is a 352 seat auditorium in the British town of Bognor Regis showing a variety of entertainment from comedy to drama to pantomime. ... Bognor Regis Town F.C. is a football club based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England. ...

Transport

  • Rail links
    • Bognor Regis railway station is situated on a branch line from the West Coastway Line. It has hourly services to London and services to other south coast towns. The 18:34 runs on weekdays, from Bognor Regis to Portsmouth Harbour.
  • Road links
    • A27 , runs west to east from Salisbury in Wiltshire to Pevensey in East Sussex. This road closely parallels the south coast a mile or two inland as it passes through West Sussex.
    • A29. To Dorking to the north, where it joins the A24 to London.
    • A259. The Coastal Road running along the south coast from Havant in Hampshire to Folkstone in Kent.
  • Bus travel

Bognor Regis railway station is in the town of Bognor Regis in the county of West Sussex. ... West Coastway Line is the name given by Southern Trains to the services operated by them along the south coast of West Sussex and Hampshire, to the west of Brighton, in the United Kingdom. ... The A27 near Southwick The A27 is a major road in England. ... For other uses, see Salisbury (disambiguation). ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ... Pevensey is a small village (1991 pop. ... The A29 is a major road in England. ... Dorking is a market town at the foot of the North Downs approximately 25 miles south of London, in Surrey in England. ... The A259 is a major road in England, running along the south coast parallel to the A27 road. ... For other uses, see Bus (disambiguation). ... Brighton is located on the south coast of England, and together with its immediate neighbour Hove forms the city of Brighton and Hove. ... For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation). ...

Other information

Bognor is referenced the site where, in a song by the band Genesis [2] called Harold the Barrel, the character of the song, Harold, owns a restaurant and feeds his customers his own toes subsequently before committing suicide. [3] Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ...


The apocryphal last words of King George V of England were "Bugger Bognor!" in response to a suggestion that he could go there when he recovered from his (as it turned out, terminal) illness. George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor, which he created from the British branch of the German House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. ... Bugger is an expletive used in vernacular British English, South African English, Australian English, New Zealand English and Sri Lankan English. ...


The town is mentioned in the Frank Zappa song "Once Upon a Time". The song parodies the story of Genesis where, "In the beginning", God said he needs a floor to support the giant maroon sofa he just created "...and sure enough, boards of oak appeared throughout the emptiness as far as vision permits, stretching all the way from Belfast to Bognor Regis." Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ...


In addition to being mentioned by Frank Zappa, "Bognor Regis" is also the name of an instrumental jam by Zappa. The recording was intended to be released on the b-side of a single edit of "Sharleena" in 1970. Though the single remains officially unreleased some Zappa collectors claim to have copies of the recording.


Bognor Regis was placed at number 28 of The Idler magazine's 'Crap Towns' list of UK towns for 2004. The Idler issue 36, the money issue The Idler is a bi-yearly British magazine devoted to promoting its ethos of idle living and all that entails. ... Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places To Live In The UK[1] and Crap Towns II: The Nation Decides [2] are a series of humorous, but completely unscientific books edited by Sam Jordison and Dan Kieran and published in association with UK Quarterly The Idler. ...


Duncan Goodhew, the olympic swimming maestro was brought up in Yapton, three miles from Bognor. Rumour amongst Yapton locals is that he lost his hair after falling from a tree. There is a residential road in his home village named after the man, Goodhew Close. Duncan Goodhew (born March 27, 1957) is one of the most respected and instantly recognisable UK swimming athletes. ...


The encounter between the Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was sent up in the Rutles film, All You Need Is Cash. Instead of going to Bangor, Wales, the Rutles go to Bognor. Sultan tries to pick up, unsuccessfully, Stig O' Hara's wife, and this is a reference to the sex scandal of Maharishi. Maharishi was portrayed as "Arthur Sultan", the "Surrey mystic" who does table tapping. The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (b. ... The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ... All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a British rock group called The Rutles. ... Bangor, in north Wales, is one of the smallest cities in the United Kingdom. ...


The film The Punch and Judy Man, staring Tony Hancock, was made in Bognor Regis - as was a film dramatizing the early life of Cynthia Payne, who grew up in the town. Made in 1962, The Punch and Judy Man was Tony Hancocks attempt at becoming International. Spoiler warning: Based on his childhood memories of Bournemouth, where he grew up, the film is set in the early 1950s in the sleepy seaside town of Piltdown. ... Biography published in 1978 (1983 paperback reprint shown) Anthony John Hancock (12 May 1924 – 24 June 1968) was a major figure in British television and radio comedy in the 1950s and 1960s, known as Tony Hancock. ... Cynthia Payne (born December 24, 1932 in Bognor Regis, West Sussex) was a renowned English madam who made the headlines in the 1970s and 1980s for her brothel at 32 Ambleside Avenue, in Streatham, in the south-west of London, England. ...


Bognor Regis has also been mentioned in the cartoon Cucumbers by the well known website Weebl's Stuff, where it was cited as being "Panda-free" making it safe to plant cucumbers as the pandas and cucumbers are enemies. Below are descriptions of some, but not all of Jonti Pickings cartoons on weebls-stuff. ... Panda may refer to: // Giant Panda Panda (plant), a genus of the family Euphorbiaceae PANDAS or P.A.N.D.A.S. is Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptoccal infections Qinling Panda, a subspecies of the Giant Panda. ...


Bognor Regis is the home of the Regis School of Music and possibly the largest classical guitar society in the UK, the West Sussex Guitar Club.


The Formula 1 driver David Purley, best known for his attempt to save the life of fellow racing driver Roger Williamson during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix, was born in Bognor Regis, and where tragically he was killed after crashing his aerobatic biplane into the sea off Bognor Regis on July 2, 1985. Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel auto racing. ... David Purley (born January 26, 1945 - died July 2, 1985) was a Formula One driver born in Bognor Regis, England. ... Roger Williamson (b. ... Results from the 1973 Formula One Dutch Grand Prix held at Netherlands on July 29, 1973 Classification Notes Fastest Lap: Ronnie Peterson 120. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...


External links


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Bognor Regis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (675 words)
Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England.
Bognor Regis lies within the constituency of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, the MP for which is Nick Gibb (Conservative).
Bognor Regis railway station is situated on a branch line from the West Coastway Line.
A Brief History of Bognor Regis (1786 words)
Bognor Lodge, as it was known, was demolished in the 1930's.
The population of Bognor rose to 1,900 in 1851.
Bognor changed dramatically in the late 20th century from being a dull but rather genteel town into one suffering from poverty and related ills.
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