A hard, dirty and cold way of life for gipsy families

RW 01-06-11 gipsy = Gipsy life at Havant, 1935
RW 01-06-11 gipsy = Gipsy life at Havant, 1935
The junction of Southwick Hill Road and London Road, Cosham, with a tram passing over the  bridge. Not a traffic light to be seen. Picture: GA Tucker

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It is so easy to picture travellers as we see them today.

However, until well after the Second World War it was a different story.

The gipsy families would make their itinerant way around Hampshire with perhaps a small cart drawn by a pony or donkey, making a frugal living as they went.

Some were tinkers mending pots and pans in the days when it was not easy for a housewife to afford a new one if the old one burned through.

Many travellers gathered cress from the ditches to sell and others cut trees and sold firewood and clothes pegs.

This winter scene near Havant shows the gipsy life for what it really was – hard, dirty and cold.