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Community News & Views | A resort fit for a king

It was 90 years ago King George V and Queen Mary came to Bognor for their historic stay.


The Bognor Regis Post has been 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. This is the final excerpt:


Friday, May 17 – Sir Arthur du Cros, the owner of Craigweil House, Aldwick, has offered to present a stained-glass window to Pagham Church as a thank-offering for the King’s convalesence and to commemorate the stay of the King and Queen in the parish.


In making the offer to the Rev G.G. Knox, the Vicar of Pagham, he wrote:


“I think I may be right in suggesting that your parishioners would all wish to see some permanent record set up in thanksgiving for the recovery of his Majesty the King, and to commemorate the honour conferred upon our parish by the residence there of their Majesties the King and Queen.


“Should you share this opinion, and the ecclesiastical authories approve, I shall be glad to give effect to it by presenting the stained glass required to fill the beautiful rose window of Pagham Church, together with a suitably inscribed plate recording the happy events which it is desired to commemorate.”


The Queen has sent a letter to the Vicar, saying:


“Her Majesty was much interested to hear that the rose window is to be filled with stained glass.


“It will be a very delightful memorial of their Majesties’ stay at Bognor, and a most attractive addition to your old and historically interesting church.”


The rose window was placed in the church about 1837, and is a copy of one in Palermo.


*May’s meeting of Bognor Urban District Council saw its members decide to ask the King for formal recognition of his stay.It was reported at the next meeting this had been granted but it was July before the formal addition of Regis took effect.

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