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Birkby Brow Wood, Gypsy Camp

12th March 1959. This Gypsy encampment was to be found at the Howden Clough end of Birkby Brow Wood. Gypsies have camped in this wood for a long time; in earlier days they used to camp at the Scotchman Lane end of this path through Brow Wood. The census returns of 1841 mention Scotchman Lane Gypsy Camp and someone called Coronation Lee living there. In his autobiography Sir Titus Salt also mentions the gypsies at the bottom of Scotchman Lane; as a young boy he lived at the Manor House in Morley and he had to pass the Gypsy camp on his way to and from Batley Grammar School where he was educated. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive by Len Sanderson.

Birkby Brow Wood, Gypsy Camp
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