Monday, August 02, 2010

A gypsy caravan in 1955

Last month I posted a British Transport Film from 1955 showing a CTC outing from London to the countryside around Market Harborough.

I have watched it again and noticed something interesting. About 11 minutes into the film the party of cyclists passes a gypsy caravan that is standing on the grass verge.

What is notable that there is no mention of it in the commentary, suggesting that a gypsy caravan was still a commonplace sight in the English countryside in the mid fifties.

I did see such a caravan when a family of gypsies camped on the old Market Harborough to Northampton railway in the early 1990s, but I have not seen one before or since.

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