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The Butlin and Butlin's Timeline

As the website started to grow, the more I wanted to know more about the legacy of a great man. From travelling with his family in the Hill Showman, Billy would go from strength to strength. What made this subject an obsession was the fact that a young Billy Butlin had hopped onto a cattle ship and made his way back to England from Canada. 

He knew what he wanted and how he was going to get it with so much ambition, success was always going to be the achievement he would reach. I  wonder to myself many times what that young Billy Butlin would have thought he knew of his legacy and future.  Today, we celebrate his success and the many creations he added for us all to enjoy, even now in today's world. 

How to use this part of the website

The design of the Butlin timeline was much harder than I originally thought as there was much to add. As the timeline grew, I found that the website page was starting to impact devices' loading time. To keep the experience of this page up to a high standard, I thought it would be best to place the timeline into ten-year slots would be better. Of course, I never know when to stop so I added links to further research and videos (where available) to show you even more. Now the timeline is better than the first one. 

Simply click on the year you wish to view first and you will see the historic information will load on the page. There will be shortcuts within the pages to help you navigate to the next ten years. 

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1880 and before

Come and view the details of the Butlin timeline and the connection Sir William Butlin name has with his family tree.

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1890 to 1899

View the details of the family moving to Cape Town in South Africa and the birth of William Butlin and the opening of the Butlin's Bicycle shop

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1900 to 1909

View the details of Bertha's and William's second child, Billy's brother, Harry John Butlin. Also included is the move back to England.

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1910 to 1919

Read about the William Butlin moving to Canada with his mother Bertha and working at Eaton's. Also included is when Billy joined the Canadian Army.

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1920 to 1929

These years in the Butlin timeline show you the involvement of the Barnstaple Fair and Billy falls in love with Dolly Cheriton. Further research also shows you the original site of the first Butlin's in Skegness.

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1930 to 1939

Butlin's Bognor Regis shelter and the opening of the first Butlin's Holiday camp in Skegness. There is also the sad news of the passing of Bertha, Billy's wife. The connection between Major Frank Bond and also Norman Bradford, the first Redcoat.

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1940 to 1949

Read about the support that Billy Butlin had given with World War Two. The development and creation of the 21 clubs to support our troops. Also, read about how the camps were handed to the ministry to help train the troops. Billy also receives a MBE

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1950 to 1959

The year the Brighton hotel was open with the sad news of the passing of Billy's father, William Butlin. This was also the year that Butlin's international channel swimming was taking place. This was also the moment that Billy Butlin MBE was featured on "This is your life"

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1960 to 1969

The opening of Bognor Regis camp is featured in this part of the timeline. This is also the moment when Billy's son, William Butlin (Junior) was born. Butlin's also opens in Minehead as Billy Butlin becomes Sir William (Billy) Butlin. This is also the moment that the icon of Butins, the monorail train is born and when Sir Billy Butlin retires. 

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1970 to 1979

Butlin's is under new ownership as the Rank organisation purchases Butlin's. Valued at the time at £43 million pounds, Robert Butlin would become the executive of the company. Sir Billy Butlin and Sheila Butlin also marry in these years. 

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1980 to 1989

It's a very sad day in Butlin's as the founder passes away. These years continue to show sad news as the Mosney camp in Ireland is closed with the tower restaurant in London. The first Redcoat, Norman Bradford also passes away during these years. The further disappointing news is the closure of Filey, Clacton, and Barry Island with Robert Butlin stepping down as executive. 

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1990 to 1999

The creation of the Butlin's Holiday Worlds era. The camps were all renamed to holiday worlds with Pwllheli and AYR being named twice in the timeline. These years also feature the diamond jubilee and also another introduction to Butlin's Family Entertainment Resorts era. These years are the last time that Butlin's is known as holiday camp.  These are also the years when the hotel division is sold and Pwllheli and AYR are transferred to Haven (a sister company)

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2000 to 2009

With Pwllheli and AYR now transferred to Haven (the sister company at the time), Butlin's is sold to Bourne Leisure limited as they become the new owners of an amazing company. Bourne also reintroduces the hotel's division in Bognor Regis. The sad news is that Robert Butlin passes away in these years. 

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2010 to 2019

Bognor Regis resort has a new £40 million pound swimming pool built. The former staff accommodation at Minehead is demolished with planning permission for a caravan village to be in its replacement. 

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2020 to 2029

With a new large stake owner of Bourne Leisure, Blackstone puts Butlin's up for sale. The land is purchased as new landlords rent the land out to Butlins. New developments as the years start to pass by. 

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Who and What is Butlin's Memorabilia Website

Mark Banks owns and created this website to show his collection of Butlin's memorabilia items. It was created during my spare time at work and is a hobby of mine and has since grown into a site that offers a chance for others to smile. This website is NOT the official website for Butlin's and is NOT the official archive of Butlin's at any stage. The website has expanded to show stories, with permission from that person, of a moment in Butlin's from people who are either a customer or former staff. This website is in loving memory of all that had come to this amazing company and to Sir William Butlin, the founder.  This website also has information about research regarding Butlin's history with information obtained from the research I made, which is not official. 

Butlins Memorabilia extra areas

This website is made and maintained by me, Mark Banks, as a fan site to celebrate the amazing Butlins name as it has such a large meaning to me.  Below is additional information about the website and answers to questions that you might be thinking of (hopefully I have covered them all, if not, get in touch)

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The Untold Stories of Butlin's

The website has expanded to now include an area called "Untold Stories of Butlin's". These stories have been added to the site by a member of my group who has shared their moment at Butlin's. These stories are not from the official company and are from the person it represent, as shown on the page. The stories shared are from that person's memory and show the magic of Butlin's on how it creates that special moment. 

If you are not official, who is Mark?

Butlin's Memorabilia is NOT the official website for Butlins. This site is also NOT the official website for the archive of Butlin's. The owners of Butlin's, Butlin's company, and have NOT approached me to design this site. They have no involvement with the development of the website or with the information that is shown. I am extremely thankful that they allow me to continue showing you their company's rich history. 

The number one website for Butlins is always, where you see all the information about booking a break.

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