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Maddieson's Hemsby Holiday Camp 1930s

Maddieson's Hemsby Holiday Camp 1930s

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12" x 8" prints (A4) will be sent flat but all other sizes will be sent rolled in a tube.

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Brief history of Hemsby


The little 9-acre Hemsby Holiday Camp was opened back in 1920 by Hector Potter. It was the first camp in the country to have permanent structures as opposed to tents and is widely regarded as the first proper holiday camp in the country.

In 1924 Potter sold the camp to Harry Maddieson and went on to establish the Potters Camp in Hopton which still continues to thrive today. Over the years the Maddieson family continued to operate and improve it until selling to Fred Pontin in 1970.

Pontin acquired more land to the south, increasing the size to 22 acres, and immediately demolished all the old chalets and replaced them with new self-catering apartment blocks containing a total of 512 chalets giving a camp capacity of around 2,500 guests. The camp lost a lot if its original charm as the new chalet blocks looked more like municipal housing. The newly rebuilt camp reopened in 1971.

By the 2000s the camp was looking a bit rundown although it was still hugely popular. In common with the other Pontin camps at Blackpool and Wall Park speculation was rife that it was all a deliberate attempt at justifying closure so the land could be sold for more lucrative housing. There's probably some truth in this considering the freehold of all three was owned by Trevor Hemmings, an early protégé of Fred Pontin. Hemmings' construction company had built many of the camps for Pontins in the 1960s and 1970s and he later went on to own the company and became a successful billionaire property developer. Even when he sold the company he retained ownership of some of the camps freeholds, along with the rights to run the amusement arcades in each of the camps through his Crown Leisure business.

Plans were announced in January 2009 that the camp will be closing with immediate effect.

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