Gypsy Wagon and Tent, Dame Laura Knight, 1962. Shows a Bender tent - a makeshift shelter for work or cooking. A wagon wheel in the foreground seems to await repair while the kids look on. Note the size of these caravans relative to today’s “needs” and remember that whole families lived and were raised this way.
Dunton's of Reading were well-known as 'van builders' by 1884 and continued until 1920. Several types of caravan developed in the nineteenth century. This one is known as a 'Ledge' because the body is built out over the wheels. Dunton's also built the 'Reading' type caravan that was very popular with the Gypsy community as it was suited to poorly surfaced tracks. The reality of everyday life on the road for the Gypsies could be hard especially when faced with extremes of weather, and…
Reading wagon at Barnet, Herts. 1921. Dunton’s are first recorded as ‘coach and cart wheelwright and general smith’ at 30 King’s Road and Highbridge Wharf in 1874. It is not known when they made their first caravan but by 1884 they were described as ‘van builders’. By 1889, as ‘coach and carriage builders’, they had moved to Crane Wharf, King’s Road, where they remained until the business was sold in 1922 to Froud, Rivers and Kernutt.
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