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Jubilee drinking fountain

  • Jubilee Drinking Fountain
    Jubilee Drinking Fountain

During the 1890’s Bognor Regis visitors were coming into the town from London and other places in the South of England to enjoy the seaside. However one shopkeeper James Hughes, a chemist in West Street, was very concerned that the large number of children who visited the area could not obtain even a drink of water. James’ shop in West Street looked down the length of The Steyne to the seafront promenade, a site he believed would be ideal for a drinking fountain.

As with many new ideas, others did not perceive his suggestion as being of any importance, as many of the council in 1897 were more concerned with the celebrations for Queen Victoria’s sixtieth anniversary as Queen. James Hughes was very keen on his suggestion and started a fund to raise the necessary cash, and at the same time ‘Bodie of Aberdeen’ selected a design.

The fountain cost a staggering £111 and on July 6th 1898 it was unveiled, and became a permanent reminder of Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebrations.

The fountain was moved from its original place on the promenade looking into The Steyne and in 1928 it was removed to the corner of Waterloo Square.

it was decided in 1956 that the corner of Waterloo Square would be more suitable for an entertainment and leisure, so the fountain was dismantled and removed, to Hotham Park, where it lay undisturbed in pieces until 1966.

The Natural Science Society sought its whereabouts and asked for the fountain to be re-erected. Nothing happened until 1968 when builder Mr R J Seymour was looking through his collection of old photographs of Bognor and came across one of the original ceremony, and again called for the re-erection of the fountain.

The public were asked to contribute and a fund of ''sixpences and shillings'' was started. Numerous locations were considered, one of which was in front of Hotham Park House. Another proposed site was in Marine Park Gardens.

Finally, a location was agreed and in January, 1969, all the sections of the fountain were moved to the current resting place, on the promenade end of the Steyne.

The Drinking Fountain stands as a reminder of Victorian times, although today it is disused.

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Bognor Regis Museum

  • Bognor Regis Museum
    Bognor Regis Museum
  • Bognor Regis Museum inside
    Bognor Regis Museum inside
  • Bognor Regis Museum inside
    Bognor Regis Museum inside
  • Bognor Regis Museum inside
    Bognor Regis Museum inside
  • Bognor Regis Museum wireless collection
    Bognor Regis Museum wireless collection

Bognor Regis Museum is really well worth a visit. The Museum includes not only a wealth of information and pictures of Bognor Regis and artifacts of history, but also includes a wireless Museum of radios dating back many years.

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01243 865636
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Hotham Park Bognor Regis

  • Hotham Park House
    Hotham Park House
  • Hotham Park boating lake
    Hotham Park boating lake
  • Hotham Park Bognor Regis
    Hotham Park Bognor Regis
  • Hotham Park Miniature railway
    Hotham Park Miniature railway
  • Hotham Park Bognor Regis
    Hotham Park Bognor Regis
  • Hotham Park Conservation area
    Hotham Park Conservation area
  • Hotham Park Café
    Hotham Park Café

Sir Richard Hotham''s house which he built in 1792, stands as reminder of someone who long ago saw the potential of Bognor Regis because if its location and built on it. The original house is now privately owned and can be seen in Hotham Park. Located just five minutes walk from the town centre and 2 minutes from the beach, Hotham Park in 2008/9 underwent a £2.2 million restoration project to improve facilities. Further work is ongoing.

Regular music and other events take place at the bandstand within the grounds during the summer months. The Hotham Park country fair and the Southdowns music festival in August are a must visit.

Facilities at Hotham Park Include:

  • Boating lake
  • Miniature railway
  • Mediterranean and tropical gardens with specimen trees from around the world.
  • Restaurant café
  • Children''s play area
  • An 18 hole adventure golf course. (New 2018)
  • Pay and display car park

There is no admission fee to the park itself, and only small charges for use of the concessionary facilities such as the miniature railway, boating lake, and golf etc.

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Marine Park Gardens

  • Marine Park Gardens
    Marine Park Gardens
  • Marine Park Gardens
    Marine Park Gardens
  • Marine Park Gardens
    Marine Park Gardens
  • Marine Park Gardens water fountain
    Marine Park Gardens water fountain
  • Marine Park Gardens seating
    Marine Park Gardens seating
  • Marine Park Gardens putting green
    Marine Park Gardens putting green

The Marine Park Gardens are situated to the West of Bognor Regis in Aldwick and are opposite the beach in Marine Drive West. Within the Marine Park Gardens, there is an 18 hole putting green, plenty of seating and water fountain at the western end of the gardens. During the summer months, the flower beds are full of colour and design. All in all, a great place to relax and take in nature.

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Bognor Regis Pier

  • Bognor Regis pier in the early morning light
    Bognor Regis pier in the early morning light
  • Bognor Regis pier from the sands
    Bognor Regis pier from the sands
  • Bognor Regis pier from the sands
    Bognor Regis pier from the sands
  • Bognor Regis pier from the sands
    Bognor Regis pier from the sands

First opened in 1865, Bognor Regis Pier has seen hundreds of people walk on the Victorian structure to admire the beach views and take in the sea air. Today it still continues to be one of the most visited places in Bognor Regis to take a walk along and admire the sea views.

Facilities include:

  • Amusement arcade
  • Bar and night club
  • Great sea views of the beach and coast of Bognor Regis

Find out more about the history of Bognor Pier

Telephone: 
01243 820531
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