The honourable Sir Max Aitken

The Honourable Sir John William Maxwell ‘Max’ Aitken was the son of the Canadian newspaper magnate and businessman William Aitken, the 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Churchill’s Minister of Aircraft Production.

The Swallow Brewery in Queen Street, c1880, prior to the building of the larger chimney

The Constable family and the history of Swallow Brewery

Historian Mark Phillips delves into the archives to find out more about the Arundel brewery and a connection to a famous English artist.

A photograph from Bognor Regis Grammar School, taken in May 1967

Class of ’66 reunion planned

School friends from a unique year in Bognor Regis are planning a 50-year reunion.

An advert for Staley's

From Bobby’s to Bon Marché - shopping in Bognor

Each week we talk about things, places, buildings. This time I thought I would talk more about a shop.

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The 20-year old Pilot Officer Selway arrived at Tangmere in September 1929 .

The magnificent aerial adventures of Sir Anthony ‘Mark’ Selway

Anthony – always known as Mark in the Royal Air Force – Selway arrived in September 1929 at RAF Tangmere, his first posting after Cranwell.

Letters home from the Front in 1914

Letters from the Front on a frosty Christmas morning

The Christmas truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend.

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Martin Venables

Martin Venables: A man of art and nature

This week I will take a look at the life and works of a man for whom the time before the 1700s was of particular interest.

The Royal Oak pub  before it was painted pink

About Bersted: well known when Bognor was just a babe

According to the 1807 guide ‘The origin & description of Bognor or Hothamton and an account of some adjacent villages,’ South Berstead (note the spelling) is: “A village to the north of Bognor, at the distance of about a mile.

Extracted from Britains Tudor Maps by John Speed, published by Batsford. SUS-161020-101827001

Fascinating Tudor map shows changing face of Sussex

A beautifully illustrated map of Sussex during the Tudor era is among a collection of 400-year-old drawings published this month. The maps were created by cartographer and antiquarian John Speed (1552–1629), and have been published by Batsford in a book called Britain’s Tudor Maps.

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Remembering the Bognor milkmen of old

One of our diminishing services is that of the daily delivery of milk to our doorstep.

HG Wells, pictured in 1895 or 1896.

From Three Bridges to Midhurst – HG Wells’ love affair with Sussex

As he explored one day in the attics at Uppark, the “handsome great house” near Petersfield in West Sussex where his mother was housekeeper, young Bertie unearthed a box of brass objects which he managed to screw together to form an astronomical telescope.

Liza McKinney at the Beagle Aircraft factory exhibition, held at the Marlipins Museum in Shoreham until October 31

COUNTY NEWS: Beagle aircraft factory remembered in new exhibit

It was a revival of the golden age of aviation and a local industry that created more than 1,000 jobs in a West Sussex town.

HE Bates in his RAF uniform

Herbert Bates – writing the war stories as Flying Officer X

Herbert Ernest (HE) Bates was born on May 16 1905 in Rushden, Northamptonshire and educated at Kettering Grammar School.

Enjoy the bustle of a traditional steam fair at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum this weekend.

Vintage and Steam returns to open air museum

Step back in time at Vintage and Steam and experience the nostalgic sights and sounds of an era when steam powered the country.

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The Pavilion

So many sweethearts met at the Bognor Pavilion

There is a building in Bognor that always evokes memories – The Pavilion.


When the Bowes-Lyon family gave Bognor The Den

One of the famous families in the town, who owned property, was the Bowes-Lyon family, of who the Queen Mother was a member and frequent visitor to the town to see friends.


Poignant video tells the story of The Somme

Young men from across all of Sussex fought and died 100 years ago today (July 1) as the Battle of the Somme began.

Recruits with the Royal Sussex Southdown Battalion in 1915. Note how young some of them look

War records open to all to commemorate centenary of Battle of the Somme

With the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme approaching, a family history website has made its entire collection of military records free to access.

Girls were educated at Courtfield School, in Victoria Drive, between 1908 and the 1940s.

Educating growing numbers of 20th century Bognor pupils

Today when the subject of education and schools occurs, we think immediately of the larger offerings in the town – The Regis, Felpham Community College and the range of infant and junior schools. But I suspect you are unaware of the wide range of styles and number of schools that have existed in our town over the years.

Nelson Victor Carter

Sussex Lambs to the slaughter at Boar’s Head 1916

A century ago, at 3am on Friday June 30 1916, three battalions of the county regiment clambered over the parapet of their trenches to attack the enemy.

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