Bognor Regis, East Sussex – street shots, Terry’s donuts and the run-down pier

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

When I visited Bognor Regis earlier this year, I was blasted with a monsoon-like rain and a howling gale that made taking photos near-impossible, so it was great to return over the weekend under crisp November sunshine.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

I was in Bognor to see my football team, Dulwich Hamlet, finally defeat the town’s team in an exciting, bread pudding-fuelled 3-2 contest. Bognor is about an hour and 45 mins from London but if you’re travelling on the weekend here’s a tip: get the £19 Day Saver!

Bognor Regis has been connected to the railway network since 1846, but things got off to a shaky start with the station suffering two disasters in the 1890s, when it was first blown down in a gale in 1897, and then burned down in 1899. 

The current, well restored, building dates from 1902, with the station still employing steam age semaphore signals, so you can hear the satisfying clanking of levers accompanying arrivals and departures.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier

1964 view of the station © showing how little has changed in 50 years – although the Candy Shop in the foreground has been cleared away.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Butlins advert inside the station.

Billy Butlin first opened a holiday camp in Bognor Regis in 1932 and the town still hosts one of just three Butlins left in the UK.

The attraction now enoys 385,000 visitors per year with 300,000 being resident and 85,000 visiting for the day. []

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Station cafe with attractive curved window.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Reynolds & Co Furniture Depository.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Fish & Chips by the station.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

En Ravers.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Couple with dog.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

The pedestrianised main shopping area.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Terry’s Fresh Hot Do’nuts street stall, serving four doughnuts for £1.50.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

I had a quick chat with Terry. Lovely bloke!

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Kebab Express and Lock Centre Security.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Striking Georgian architecture.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Six letterboxes on Sidlaw Terrace.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bandstand.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Intricate roof detail.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

On the beach at low tide. It was cold and mighty windy but it was a lovely seaside walk.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

It was a beautiful November afternoon.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

I pondered whether I could get around this breakwater without getting my feet wet. I made it – just!

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Jelly thing on the beach.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

More views of the beach.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Seagulls against a low late autumn sky.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor’s Grade II listed pier is a pale shadow of its former Victorian glory. Read more about its history here: Bognor Regis Pier. Run-down Grade II listed pier on the south coast.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Underneath the pier.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Barnacles on the pier supports.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Entangled fishing nets.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

The old pier theatre.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Looking west from the pier.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

The pier used to stretch further into the sea, with a large pavilion at the end. It collapsed into the sea during the fierce storms of 1964-5.  More here.

Bognor Regis photographs - photos of the pier, beach, coastline, shops, and seafront, Bognor, West Sussex, England UK

The long lost pavilion.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Curtailed pier railing.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Looking east from the end of the pier.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Warning light at the end of the pier.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Remaining buildings on the pier.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Pier buildings.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Mystery lock.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Part of the former pier theatre is now an amusement arcade.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

 

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor still has a small active fishing fleet.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Beach restaurant.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Given the near-zero temperatures, it wasn’t surprising that there were no takers for the mini golf.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

The Victorian-built Royal Hotel.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

Waiting for the bus in a chilly sea breeze.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

The legendary Tony Hancock stayed in Bognor while filming the bitter-sweet Punch & Judy Man.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

The Royal Norfolk Hotel was built in 1830 in the west end of Bognor Regis and offers an uninterrupted view of the sea.

Bognor Regis, East Sussex - street shots, Terry's donuts and the run-down pier, November 2015

The architecturally striking White Tower in Bognor is an eccentric folly constructed in 1898 for John Hawes, the architect.

Now Grade ll listed, Hawes built the tower to be tall enough to allow him a view of the sea over the seafront hotels.