Bognor Regis

Bognor Regis

Explore the history and community of Bognor Regis.


Images of Bognor can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

Go to 'Advanced Search: Catalogue' and search for 'Bognor'  in 'Any Text'.

Further images of Bognor Regis are also available on the West Sussex Record Office Online Photo Database


The current edition of the Bognor Regis Observer is available to view at Bognor Regis and Willowhale libraries. Paper copies are kept for one month at Willowhale and one year in Bognor. The current edition of the West Sussex Gazette is also available at Bognor Regis Library

Back issues of the Bognor Regis Observer 1890-2016 and the Bognor Regis Post 1924-1985 are available on microfilm at Chichester Library. 

Search the library catalogue for more details.

The years 2017 onwards plus 1914-1925 and 1939-1945 are available to view on the public computers in all West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

The Argus and West Sussex Gazette are available to library members from home via Press Reader.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Bognor Regis and West Sussex from 1785-2014 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Bognor Regis Observer 1878-1958 (incomplete). You can access the British Newspaper Archive for free through the public computers in any West Sussex Library. 

Some content from the Bognor Regis ObserverBognor Regis Post and Yapton News is available online.

For any enquiries about newspapers, please use our Ask a Librarian form.


A current map of Bognor Regis can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of Bognor Regis are also available on the National Library of Scotland Maps Database.


Some Kellys Sussex Directories can be found on Ancestry - available free in all West Sussex Libraries. Some directories are available as digitised copies on the public computers in all libraries  - see our Digitised Directories Helpsheet. You can search the library catalogue to see which directories are available on microfiche. For any queries, please use our Ask a Librarian form.

House History

If you are researching the history of your house, the National Archives House Research Guide is a good place to start.

West Sussex Record Office also have many sources to help with your investigations.

Online Resources

Victoria County History: Yapton

Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the Victoria County History (VCH) is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day.

Bognor Regis Neighbourhood Plan

Bognor Regis Historic Character Assessment Report

Bognor Regis Heritage Trails

Bygone Butlins

Bognor Local History

Website produced by local historian Sylvia Endacott.

Middleton on Sea Village Design Statement

Pagham Village Design Statement

History of Barnham and Eastergate, (Barnham Parish Council)

History and description with images of St Mary’s Church & Bilsham Chapel

Places of Interest

Hotham Park


Bognor Regis Museum

Bersted Brooks

Local Walks

Bognor Regis Heritage Trails

Bersted Park Art Trail

Local Information

Bognor Regis Town Council

Aldwick Parish Council

Arun District Council

Barnham and Eastergate Parish Council

Yapton Parish Council

Ford Parish Council

Bognor Regis Regeneration

Local Organisations

Aldwick Green Conservation Society

Yapton Local History Group

Bognor Regis Parkrun

West Sussex County Council Local Clubs and Societies Database

More Help and Information

For further information and help with any of these resources, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form and the Enquiries Team will be happy to help.


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