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Search Aspect (Lee Gap Fair )
Location - Leeds & District

Baghill Green, Gypsy Caravan or Vardo (West Ardsley) (3 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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Bull's Head Inn, Syke Corner, Dewsbury Road. (West Ardsley)
Black & White imagePrior to 1911. View of the Bull's Head Inn at Syke Corner on Dewsbury Road. At this time the licensee was Jane Chadwick, licensed retailer of Spiritous Liquors, Wines, Ales. Porter and Tobacco. Jane Chadwick is likely to be the woman standing in the doorway. She had left the Bull's Head Inn by 1911 as the Census of that year lists her as landlady of the Bridge Hotel, Mirfield. Until the 1970s the Bull's Head Inn had a special all day license on Fair Days because of it's close proximity to Lee Gap Fair. Image used courtesy of Peter Aldred. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Lee Gap Fair, from an oil painting (West Ardsley) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. This black and white view is taken from an oil painting of Lee Gap Fair. It looks across Woodkirk Beck from Upper Green in the direction of Woodkirk Church. This is a black and white representation of a painting discovered by Peter Aldred. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Lee Gap Fair, horse and cart (West Ardsley)
Black & White image24th August 1964. Image shows a horse and cart being shown off to the crowd at Lee Gap Fair.
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