A village since Saxon times, it started to grow in the late 18th century, when the London hatter Richard Hotham arrived with impressive development plans.
Still known to locals as simply Bognor, it acquired its Regis suffix in 1929, by virtue of being George V`s favourite resort.
Bognor Regis Pier is the scene of the annual Birdman of Bognor contest. It was transferred from Selsey in 1979.
There is a large Butlins holiday camp in the town.
On his deathbed, George V was told by his doctor to "Cheer up, your Majesty, you will soon be able to go to Bognor again." With his dying breath, the king replied "Bugger Bognor".
Bruce Welch, guitarist with the Shadows, was born at Bognor Regis.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Bognor Regis for groups.