John Henry Iles

John Henry Iles was a businessman involved in multiple amusement parks.

Iles purchased the rights to build Scenic Railway rides in Europe.[1] Iles owned the Scenic Railway in Blackpool from its introduction in 1907 until 1919, when he sold it to the park owners.[2] In 1929, Iles leased a plot of land and opened Aberdeen Beach Amusements.[3] He continued to lease the land until 1938, when a new company took it over.[4]

Iles entered the film business in 1934, however, this was a financial failure. Iles died on 29 May 1951 at his home in Birchington, Kent. He was 79.[5]


  1. "Scenic Railway King Says Films Broke Him", Sheffield Independent (1938-02--23), p. 1. Retrieved on 2 September 2022.
  2. "Aberdeen Beach Amusements Limited", The Press and Journal (1929-07-26), p. 12. Retrieved on 21 July 2022.
  3. "Beach Amusements: Aberdeen Concern Acquired By Company", The Press and Journal (2022-07-21), p. 7. Retrieved on 14 June 1929.
  4. "Amusement park at the beach: Aberdeen company will take over lease", The Press and Journal (1938-04-13), p. 8. Retrieved on 21 July 2022.
  5. "Built beach Scenic Railway", Evening Express (1951-05-29), pp. 5. Retrieved on 21 July 2022.