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Stopping Places By Simon Evans

Stopping Places by Simon Evans

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Kent, the "Garden of England", was also the market garden for its giant neighbour, London.

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Stopping Places: A Gypsy History of South London and Kent by Simon Evans

Kent, the "Garden of England", was also the market garden for its giant neighbour, London. The regular round of seasonal work training and picking hops, gathering fruit from the orchards and picking peas, beans and other arable crops attracted families of Gypsies who returned to the same encampments and worked on the same farms from one generation to the next. "Stopping places" tells the story in words and pictures of the traditional life of the Gypsies when they lived in "bender" tents and wooden horse drawn wagons until the post war winds of change swept away these ancient ways as mechanisation reduced the need for casual labour leading to the Gypsies being forcibly evicted from their traditional encampments and forced to live "on the verge". The stunning period photographs and the vivid words of the Gypsies themselves recall a lost world and the often violent transition from a semi nomadic life style to the concrete ghettos of officially designated council sites ushered in by the Caravan Sites Act (1968). It also evokes some of the isolation and loss of identity which followed a reluctant move "into the brick" and the replacement of the open sky by brick walls and tiled roofs.

About Simon Evans

Simon Evans produces radio for both local and national BBC networks and is a documentary and exhibiting photographer, video maker and writer. He is particularly interested in localised and minority cultures that retain their identity in spite of commercial or social pressure to conform. His work explores that which culturally binds communities together through internal dynamic as well as the relationship with the wider physical environment in which they exist. He has a long standing relationship with the Romany Gypsy community in Kent and is involved with a number of innovative educational projects which explore ways of integrating Romany culture into the school curriculum.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: the Old Ways; Chapter Two: Vagrancy and the Gypsies; Chapter Three: Wagons and Tents; Chapter Four: Winds of Change; Chapter Five: On the Verge; Chapter Six: Council sites: sanctuary or graveyard?; Chapter Seven: "Into brick"; Conclusion: Caravans of the Mind

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Stopping Places: A Gypsy History of South London and Kent by Simon Evans
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University of Hertfordshire Press
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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