Stopping Places. A Gypsy History South London And Kent.




University of Hertfordshire Press.





Item Description

Large 8vo. 6.75 x 9.75 inches. In pictorial card wrapper, which has a few signs of wear; otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated throughout by black and white photographs, drawings and facsimiles. Traditionally the gypsies of South London took part in a regular round of seasonal work on Kent farms. This book describes the traditional life of these Gypsies, living in bender tents and horse-drawn wooden 'vardos.' Life on the road became increasingly difficult as farm mechanisation reduced the need for casual labour and the traditional stopping places began to disappear. Eventually this whole way of life was swept away and the gypsies were forced to live on verges or official caravan sites. A combination of over 170 photographs with vivid firsthand accounts of the recent Gypsy experience. Simon Evans is a BBC radio producer, writer and photographer having a longstanding relationship with the Romany community in Kent.

[Stock No. 26075]

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