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Search Aspect ( gypsy )
Location - Leeds & District

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Baghill Green, Gypsy Caravan or Vardo (West Ardsley) (2 comments)
Colour imageAugust 1965. This gypsy caravan or vardo parked on Baghill Green belongs to Tommy Gaskin, a traveller camped at Lee Gap Fair. It is an example of a Bowtop Vardo which has a front door and rear window. An arched wooden frame supports the weather proofed canvas. Painted decoration has been added to the woodwork and there are gaily coloured curtains and a vase of flowers at the entrance. The Vardo was built by Bill Wright at his yard in Spibey Lane, Rothwell Haigh. Tommy Gaskin, the owner, also built and painted wagons. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Baghill Green, Gypsy Caravans or Vardos. (West Ardsley)
Colour imageAugust 1965. View of five Gypsy Caravans or Vardos, as they were known, having arrived for Lee Gap Fair. This style of caravan is called 'the openlot' and came into use in the 1930s, adapted from the 'pot wagon'. It has a bow shaped canvas top and is built on to a cart. There is no door but the front has two pillars for support and proud of their Vardos and as seen here, often painted them with intricate patterns sometimes picked out in gold leaf. Note the cage bird hung in the doorway of the caravan on the left. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Birkby Brow Wood, Gypsy Camp (Morley) (5 comments)
Colour image12th 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.
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Cottingley Springs gypsy and traveller site (Cottingley)
Colour image2010. View across Cottingley Springs B site for gypsy and traveller families. The original site was established in 1969 by Leeds City Council.
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Cottingley Springs, gypsy and travellers site (Cottingley) (1 comment)
Colour image2010. View across Cottingley Springs B site for gypsy and traveller families. The original site was established in 1969 by Leeds City Council.
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