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Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne Butlin (1899–1980) by Elliott & Fry, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Butlin, Sir William Heygate Edmund Colborne [Billy] (1899–1980), fairground proprietor and founder of holiday camps, was born in Cape Town, Cape Colony, where his parents had emigrated, on 29 September 1899, the elder child of William Butlin and Bertha Hill (d. 1933)...

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Lewis [née Ovenden], Rosa (1867–1952), hotel proprietor, was born on 26 September 1867 at Leyton, Essex, the fifth of the nine children of William Edwin Ovenden (d. 1910), watchmaker and later undertaker, and his wife, Eliza, daughter of John Cannon, jeweller, and great-niece of ...

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Lynn, William (1792–1870), hotelier and sports promoter, was born in 1792 at East Grinstead, but nothing else is known about his early life. He first ventured into the catering trade in London before moving to Liverpool, where in the 1820s he leased the ...

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Mountain, Sarah Ann (1769/70–1842), coach and inn proprietor, married Butler William Mountain (1759–1818) not later than 1790. His father, William Mountain, had been admitted to the Innholders' Company in 1772, his inn being the Swan with Two Necks, Lad Lane, one of London's...

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Nelson [née Abbat], Ann (1769/70–1852), coach proprietor and innkeeper, was probably the Ann Abbat, daughter of Robert and Ann Abbat, baptized at St Mary's, Whitechapel, on 11 March 1772. On 18 January 1790 she married Edward Nelson at St Leonard, Shoreditch. In December of the same year ...

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Shepheard, Samuel (1816–1866), hotel proprietor, was born on 21 January 1816 at Little Preston Manor, Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, the second son and third child of Richard Shepheard (d. 1820), farmer, and his wife, Jane Berwick (d. 1817). Both parents died before he was four, and ...

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Stubs, Peter (1756–1806), toolmaker and innkeeper, was born on 15 June 1756 at the White Bear inn, Bridge Street, Warrington, Lancashire, the only child of John Stubs (1736–1757), a currier, of Warrington, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Peter Johnson, yeoman, of Orford...

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Verral [Verrall], William (1715–1761), innkeeper and writer on cookery, was born on 10 April 1715, in Lewes, Sussex, the fifth of the eight sons (and one daughter) of Richard Verrall (d. 1737), master of the White Hart inn in Lewes from about 1724, and his wife, ...