ROMANY GYPSY TRAILERS

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  JUBILEE

builders 1964-1972 Mr David Lloyd Jones
  1972-1980 Mr.Whitehouse

Jubilee trailers were built at Bridge works, Holloway Bank, Wednesbury, staffs. The company had been started in the 1930's and after Eccles, were the oldest UK manufacturers of 'tourers' and 'mobile homes'. In 1964 the owner of the time Mr.David Lloyd Jones decided to break into the Travellers market. In the summer of that year twelve 'prototypes' were built and the first one was displayed to distributors across the country. They all sold and very soon orders were coming in. These first vans were 22' models and 'standard' in layout and style. Exteriors were simple and plain, one colour, and interiors were oak lined and furnished with the usual formica 'kitchen end'. These early trailers were well built and solid not vastly different to Vickers of that era. Before too long Travellers found their way to the works and ordered direct, it was then that the vans became more individual, being built to specific requirements. As with all of the makes, gradually the ornamentation increased with contrasting coloured waistband, bows under the end windows and wheel spats. Interiors too evolved and when oak lined trailers went out of fashion it was replaced with formica. In the early years the 18' trailer was very popular. Mr.Lloyd Jones remembers one Traveller asking for Ford Cortina lights on the back of his new trailer, when told they wouldn't work his reply was "that don't matter, theym only fer show!". Jubilee's were well built vans, the interiors in the later years were a 'cross' in style between Vickers and Westmorlands, not as ornate as Vickers certainly, but as always, the amount of 'flash' depended on the money spent. Exteriors, even in later years when 'chromed up', were never as decorative as Vickers, but they were very smart trailers and, with Vickers, for some time the most 'common' vans about. Mr.Lloyd Jones retired in 1972 and sold the business as a going concern to Mr.Whitehouse who continued building and was owner during the really 'flash' years. During the peak years there were usually fifteen trailers being built at any one time and it took on average three weeks to build a van. There was a waiting list of many months. Towards the end, the later vans were built with a single front and rear window in an attempt to 'modernise'. As with the other builders business slumped and the company finally closed in 1980.

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