December 2019

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Shams, Shellbacks and Sons of Rest – a Tramp Terminology.

This incomplete glossary has been compiled from the works of Jim Phelan ( 1895–1966). For those who have yet to encounter him, Phelan was a tramp author  who produced a number of autobiographies, novels and film scripts during the 20th century. In his autobiographical material, he explains the meaning of a number of tramp words and …

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Caravans, by Eric Ravilous.

An Incomplete Romani Glossary.

The following glossary was taken from ‘A Time from the World’, by Rowena Farre. Though of non-Romani origin herself, she frequently joined various groups of the travelling community, including the Romani, Tinkers (itinerant tinsmiths), Mumpers (tramps who overwintered in the countryside), and often travelled solo too.  ‘A Time from the World’ was republished in 2013 by …

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