ROMANY GYPSY TRAILERS

*** earliest trailers ***

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As far as trailers for Travellers go, the two earliest builders were Eccles and Hills of Swinefleet. Eccles started in 1919 at a works in Birmingham.
By 1927 they had pioneered trailer building and had established a
factory for large scale production. Hills of Swinefleet in Yorkshire were
waggon builders. Circa 1927 they produced a trailer specifically for Travellers, they were modelled on a waggon and had no sink or toilet.
Windows were cut glass and interiors were french polished with cut mirrors and a stove. Eccles too produced living vans for Travellers of a very high quality with waggon characteristics internally. These early trailers were built of plywood over a wooden frame. Although Eccles were primarily a 'tourer' builder they produced 'showmans' for Travelling people right up until the 1960's. In the latter decade the Eccles Traveller was a very popular trailer.

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A beautifully restored Brayshaw with door at opposite end.

Thanks to 'OVM' of the Old Classic Car
'Old caravan Forum' who is the owner.

Thanks to Davy Jones for this great period photo of a Romany lady
and her son with a Brayshaw trailer.   

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hill trailer
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A very nice early trailer by Hills of Swinefleet.

Seen at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Unfortunately
there was nobody about when I took the photos........

Apparently the van spent its life on the fairs in the north of England used by a fortune teller before being discarded and left to become derelict. Nice to see it
now fully restored..........anybody know this trailer??

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hill trailer 2

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