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THE SUSSEX GYPSY DIARIES 1898-1926
Transcribed by Janet Keet-Black (A5, 72 pages)

In 1898, a letter was sent out by the Chief Constable of Sussex, to all divisions within his region, with instructions to officers that they were to record in a diary/journal all instances of Gypsies and Van Dwellers stopping in their area. The following details were to be entered:

Site of encampment and whether on waste land or private property
Number of persons encamped: men, women, children
Names of adults (if obtainable)
Description: whether Van Dwellers or Gypsies
Date of arrival and at what place last encamped
Date of departure and destination
If complaint has been made to the police respecting their conduct

Six journals were issued, one each to Burgess Hill, Burwash, Burwash Weald, Fernhurst, Glynde, and Upper Beeding. Over two hundred surnames are recorded, some many times over.

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