The Living Vans of William Brayshaw and Sons


A brief introduction to part of an era almost gone ...

... the behind the scenes home from home of the travelling showman.

Many years ago, when fairgrounds were a staple form of entertainment for the masses, there were many travelling fairs. The people that ran these fairs led an almost nomadic lifestyle, being on the road for many a month during the summer seasons. As well as their work- the bright lights and high volume sounds of the fairground rides - they also needed somewhere to live while away from home ...

The Showman's Living Van was that home from home, a comfortable retreat from the labours of the fairground. These Living Vans were so much more than a caravan: They were built by craftsmen to an extremely high standard of finish.

William Brayshaw & Sons, of Yeadon, near Leeds in Yorkshire, U.K., became to be regarded as one of the premier manufacturers of Living Vans.

I am proud to be a direct descendant of the family. I have become fascinated by these pieces of history and I am trying to find out as much as I can about this aspect of my family's history. As I work on this personal project, I am also aiming to provide, through the Web, a more widely available illustration of what these Vans were, as the travelling fairground's way of life is rapidly becoming extinct in these high technology times.

I hope you have found this interesting.

Thank you for visiting,
Jackie

This is work in progress...
N.B. This initial text has been not been written by Jackie.
Any factual errors aren't her fault!
Last updated 1 April 2009

You can contact me at the following email address:
jdb[at]brayshaw[dot]me[dot]uk