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2010 Personal Photos of Butlins Minehead

I am sharing some selected photos of my time at Butlins Minehead, a place I call my second home.

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2010 - Butlins Minehead

Two Redcoats showing the fun of Butlin's in the Pavilion. 

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2010 - Butlins Minehead

For me, its that Redcoat showing the Butlin spirit, fantastic photo that I took and lucky also.

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2010 - Old Launderette Building

Showing a building that is no more in Butlins Minehead. On the right-hand side is the former Launderette building, it was removed soon after this year. Today, you will see this area completely transformed as it shows a small play area and a new Oyster Bay village. Currently, Oyster Bay (former known as Exmoor Villiage, a new build in Rank years) has been seeing some major developments and most of you see here has changed a great deal.

When I worked here in 1999, the top of this building was used for staff accommodation with shared showers and toilets. I had never been to this area but I was told about it. Below were the storerooms and the location where I could get my uniform. At the end of this pathway, to the right, was the customer's launderette.

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2010 - Old Launderette Building

Another view of the old launderette building, which is no more in Butlins Minehead in today's world. Photo taken in 2010 by me, showing my mum and dad and eldest son, take note of the old uniform being shown here.

(People blurred to protect their identity, they are not known to me) 

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2010 - Former Chalet Finding

Before the developments into the chalets, there use to be an old system in place to allow customers to find their chalet quicker. When you received your key card or key, it would have a specific symbol on it. These symbols would be placed on the floor through the site, you just simply followed them until you arrived at your location.

As you can see in this building, you will see the former layout of the circle. This was here to show you that this is the village you were staying in. They started to remove these from 1999ish onward's but the evidence remains on the resort to this date. The floor throughout the resort still has some in place with certain buildings having this layout still being shown. 

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2010 - Road sign showing the former name

Butlin's Holiday Worlds still remains in some places as we a road sign that has "Somerwest World" and how to get to the location. Google maps still show this sign to remain in place with no changes made. 

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2010 - Butlins Minehead

A view from the Crazy Horse Saloon

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2010 - G0-karts building

On the right-hand side is the old go-kart building, which also hosted the first aid department. There were also some offices here and when it proposed to knock this down, a lot of people objected. The building is no longer found in Butlin's Minehead and is replaced by a road and some grass.

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2010 - Butlins Minehead Entrance

Taken in 2010 at Butlins Minehead, we see the old fencing still in use. These were installed by Rank during the Holiday World era and was still present in 2010 with a coat of paint. Where the cars are parked in the former location of the go-karts, which is now in the funfair.

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2010 - G0-karts building

On the right-hand side is the old go-kart building, which also hosted the first aid department. There were also some offices here and when it proposed to knock this down, a lot of people objected. The building is no longer found in Butlin's Minehead and is replaced by a road and some grass.

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2010 - Launderette Building

I took these photos when news came to us about this building coming to an end of its life line. It was a sad day when I was told this, so started taking photos. This location is now a small play area and has been given a new feel. 

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2010 - Different view

I took this photo to show you the location to compare with the new area planned. As you can see, this old building was located next to the dining room, which remains today. 

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2010 - Showing Oyster Bay 

This is an excellent view showing you the village next to the building. The view has certainly changed now and is better for those who stay in them chalets. 

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2010 - A view from the side

History is showing a time that is no more.

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2010 -The full side of the building

This is the side of the building with the stair case leading into the accommodation upstairs.

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2010 - A view from within

Another photo that I had taken from within the launderette, showing you what was outside to see.

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2010 - A view from within

Another photo that I had taken from within the launderette, showing you what was outside to see.

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2010- Serious business

Did you ever go against the rules?

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2010 - Within the launderette 

Not the most exciting job but an essential one

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2010 - Within the launderette

The size within was not to bad but at this stage, this area had the feeling of being run down. 

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2010 - Within the launderette

Another view the location of the sign below

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2010 - Within the launderette

Showing the old office room.

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2010  - A view from the entrance

Not very exciting to see but one that is no more in Butlins Minehead

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2010 - Serious business

Follow the rules and all is well.

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2010 - Double Decker Self Catering

Based at the rear of the resort, there were four rows of self-catering double-decker accommodation units. They were other units to host baths after the majority was converted into showers. These were still in use until around 2000 to 2001 but had then closed there doors and unused. The decoration within keeps to the Butlins Family Entertainment Resort theme and just sat there, showing old light fittings, key use for doors and just sat there wanting to scream out its memories. They eventually started to reform as they got used for staff more and more. Plans for this location are unknown at this stage.

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2010 - Another view of the double decker units

In this year, you can see that the grass is cut to an excellent standard and there is no fencing at either ends. 

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2010 - Showing the inside

Not the very best photo as it shows a reflection of the double deckers, however you can see the old bed and old format of the Butlins before. 

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2010 - Double-decker bath areas

As you can see via this photo, we see the accommodation units within to be in good condition. The baths and toilet area remains unused for sometime holding its memories of the families it had once helped get a great holiday.

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2010 - A view facing towards the entertainment

The old double-decker chalet units were self-catering with baths. Remain unused by customers for over ten years now but being used by staff. As far as I am aware, there are no plans for these but with Bourne, never say never!

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2010 - Old light fitting

Silly but I find areas like these to interesting as it shows you a time of Butlin's that you do not see any more. This light fitting shows you an era of Butlins long gone . 

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2010 - Chalets

This view that I had taken shows you a double view of two areas of interest. The first one is the double decker next to me, showing them Butlins Family Entertainment Resort curtains but the others is at the end, them accommodation is no longer in Butlins Minehead and is now the new units in place. 

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2010 - Butlins Family Entertainment Resorts

I took this for personal reasons as it shows an era of Butlins that means a lot to me. This photo shows you a curtain from the Butlins Family Entertainment Resort era when I worked there. Remain in place within this chalet, it reminded me of a time that is no more.

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201 0- Stunning view of the top floor of the double decker

I had taken this photo from the top floor of the double-decker self-catering accommodation units, that were no longer in use. I found this to tell a story as I pictured many guests arriving at their rooms for a great break and holiday at Butlins.

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2010 - Showing the old doors and keys still in use

Taken of at the front of the resort at near night time, showing you a powerful part of history coming back to Butlin's. Stunning view and amazing to see. 

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2010 - Just waiting to house more guest

The location of the buildings have been removed but the chalets still remain in place, in pride and showing off their glory to all that pass by. 

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2010 - Needs some TLC and Bourne Magic

It needs some of that magic, such as some paint and upgrades to the lighting system

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2010 - This area has not had the attention of other areas

This is the one that got away from the gardeners but be assured that they would have fixed this sometime during this year. They work very hard to keep the grounds looking presented to a high standard.

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2010 - Just waiting for new customers

There is much to do as these units remain unused by customers.

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2010 - With a brown colour

This is how I remember these

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2010 - View of the main pathway

Note the old style windows.

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2010 - New pathway added

A new pathway was added on the grass for the use of staff that were staying in these. 

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2010 - The other side of the chalets

A new pathway was added on the grass for the use of staff that were staying in these.

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2010 - An important part of history

Featuring my mother, you can see an important part of history here as the original single deckers are in this photo to the right-hand side. These have gone now and are apart of the new build style chalets in Minehead.

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2010 - Still remains in place as of 2020

Still found in Butlins, these are the single deckers with baths, also known as Standard accomendation. I had always hoped that they would rename these "Sir Billy's Classics". 

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2010 - The Deluxe Accommodation

Here is a photo that is very important to me and those who enjoy the history of Butlins Minehead. This is the location of where the new builds are now in today's Butlins. This photo is showing you the single-decker units, in this case, the deluxe accommodation.