14 - Boating Lake
The Boating Lake
The boating lake and sportsfield were located on the outskirts of the camp in the south east corner...

Postcard: A Part of the Boating Lake and Sports Field (circa 1960).
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In the late 1950s, Butlin's Clacton still had large areas which had not been developed. This wondrously open south-east corner had a large sports field. In the postcard (above) can be seen the 'Model yacht pond/Kiddies paddling pool' (foreground). To the far left is the boating lake, and outside of the camp boundary is one of the two Martello Towers.

Boating Lake and Sports Field
Another photo of the boating lake and playing fields, possibly late 1950s.

Postcard: Part of the Boating Lake and Sports Field.
On a windy corner, close to the boating lake and Dining Halls, a ride on the miniature railway was comparatively exhilarating..
 C25 The Boating Lake
Here's a later view (circa 1963) of the boating lake, sports field and Dining Halls.

Postcard: The Boating Lake.
From about 1963 this corner became more developed with the large green-roofed extension to the staff blocks of the Dining Halls. The large water tank which appears to be on the roof, is actually on a metal support at the rear.

The miniature railway is running in an anti-clockwise circuit and the Dining Halls still show coloured canopies.
The Boating Lake
This view (circa 1967 onwards) shows further developments.

Postcard: The Boating Lake.

In this later view, the boats have changed into canoes. The red soldiers have vanished from the Dining Hall building and there is a new fire escape staircase . The miniature railway is now running in a clockwise circuit. The canopy of the new station is just visible and a new pumping station is located behind the bushy enclosure, next to the railway.

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