IT WAS 90 years ago King George V and Queen Mary came to Bognor for their historic visit.
The Bognor Regis Post will be publishing weekly excerpts from archive editions of The Times to show how it informed its readers about the monarch’s recovery from a lung illness:
Wednesday, January 23 – A bulletin, the first to be issued since Saturday evening, was signed the previous day by five of the doctors who had been attending the King. It said he had enjoyed a quiet night and his empyema wound was small and steadily healing.
The bulletin was supplemented by an official statement from Buckingham Palace: “It has been realized by the King’s medical advisors that prior to the establishment of convalescence there would arrive a time when sea air would be necessary in order to secure the continuation of his Majesty’s progress.
“With that knowledge careful search was made for a residence not only suitable in itself but possessing the necessary attributes of close proximity to the sea, southern exposure, protection from wind, privacy, and reasonable access to London.
“The residence selected is Craigweil House, Bognor, placed at his Majesty’s disposals by Sir Arthur du Cros, Bt.” (Baronet).
Craigweil House was described as being in the village of Aldwick about a mile west of Bognor.
Bognor’s generally dry, mild and salubrious weather was noted and its air said to be ‘long regarded as particularly beneficial in cases of illnesses associated with the throat and lungs’.
Craigweil House was in 22 acres of grounds surrounded by trees and high walls and had about 20 bedrooms and spacious reception rooms.
Friday, January 25 – The Lancet eulogises about Bognor and adds: “The stimulating quality of the sea air is likely to be helpful, both in its generally invigorating qualities and in its special aid to the restitution of damaged tissues.”