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Old 09-22-2018, 09:53 PM   #1
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Sept 23rd, 2018: Vardo

This Gypsy Vardo built in 1910 by William Wright Ledge is said to be one of the finest Leeds wagons ever built.
This was recently sold for $44,000.

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Being individually built, no two wagons are exactly alike. The Vardo is always one-roomed on four high wheels, with door and movable steps in front (the Brush wagon the only exception), sash windows, a rack called the ‘cratch’ and a pan-box at the rear.


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Internal layout, which varies little from type to type or van to van, has not changed for a century. The basic needs of the resident are the same and, in such confined space, there is only one sensible way to meet them. The fireplace is always on the left as you enter, for on that side the chimney pipe is in less danger from roadside trees.
Remember they drive on the wrong side of the road over there.



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Filling in the back of the van is a two-berthed bed-place, the top bunk just below the rear window, and beneath it are two sliding doors. These in the daytime shut away a second, shorter bed-place in which the children sleep. Light is supplied from a bracket oil-lamp above the dresser.


Styles are Reading, Burton, Brush, Ledge, Bow Top, and Open Lot.

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Old 09-23-2018, 09:28 AM   #2
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Old 10-01-2018, 04:23 PM   #3
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I want one.

To sell.
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:41 PM   #4
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In 1876 a book was published called "London Street Life" complete with photographs of the poor on the streets.
It's available complete in pdf form. https://library.lse.ac.uk/archives/d..._in_london.pdf

These are the first two pages...
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