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Henry Butt

PUBLISHED: 13:10 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 04 April 2017

Mayor Henry Charles Butt in 1937.

Mayor Henry Charles Butt in 1937.

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Henry Butt :: Charter Mayor

1861-1944

Born the son of a Langport coal merchant, Henry was sent to Weston-super-Mare aged 18 to manage a branch of the Somerset Trading Company, though he quickly decided to set up his own competing business.

He was an astute operator, eventually taking ownership of Milton Quarry and, with oodles of cash and his own stone to hand, purchased numerous middle-class hillside houses which he converted into flats, all of which still bear his brand name - ‘Mansions’.

Being something of a rough diamond and self-publicist Butt climbed the social ladder with difficulty.

When snooty members of Weston Golf Club rejected his membership application Butt simply founded an alternative club – on Worlebury.

He helped fund the Winter and Italian Gardens projects and almost single-handedly raised £60,000 (£3.5million today) to build a new hospital in the Boulevard.

Butt became Weston’s first Mayor in 1937 and died at his home – Langport House in Eastfield Park.

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