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Blakes Cottage Felpham

  • Blakes Cottage Felpham
    Blakes Cottage Felpham

Famous for his poetry, William Blake lived in Blakes Cottage Felpham between 1800-1803.

While in Felpham he began work on his epic poems, Milton and Jerusalem.

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Bognor Regis Ice House

  • The Ice House Bognor Regis
    The Ice House Bognor Regis

The Ice house in Bognor Regis was built circa 1792 for Sir Richard Hotham who led the development of Bognor as a seaside resort.

It was used to store ice for domestic use and to keep food and wine chilled. Blocks of ice were separated with straw which is well known for its insulating properties.

Situated in front of the Edward Bryant School in London Road Bognor’s ice house is in a remarkable state of preservation and is a tribute to the skill of the men who built it. The construction consists of a 28ft. deep central area from the dome to the floor, which is below ground level, and the diameter of the chamber is approximately 12ft. The circular exterior wall is of fine brickwork with the dome being cemented on the inside.

The ice house of Bognor Regis is one of the best examples of its type in Sussex.

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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 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

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