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  S.J.DAY

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Britannia is my nav;
I am a Kaulo Camlo;
The gorgios pen I be
A bori chovahaunie;
And tatchipen they pens,
The dinneleskie gorgies,
For mande chovahans
The luvvu from their putsies.
  Translated
Britannia is my name;
I am a swarthy Lovel;
The Gorgios say I be
A witch of wondrous power;
And faith they speak the truth,
The silly, foolish fellows,
For often I bewitch
The money from their pockets.

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Also at Blackpool was the well documented "Gypsy Sarah" below is a extract from a newspaper reporting on the death of her daughter
Ada Boswell Obituary - Gazette, 14.5.1901:
A GIPSY QUEEN DIES AT SOUTH SHORE - Pathetic Interview With her Daughters.
The Gipsies at South Shore have lost their Queen, and the encampment has been deprived of its most picturesque figure by the death of Ada Boswell, who was styled the "Royal Queen of the Gipsies." This gifted Romany, a daughter of the famous old "Gipsy Sarah " succumbed to an attack of heart disease early on Saturday morning, and there was much lamentation in the tents of her bright-eyed, dark-skinned people. The funeral took place at the Blackpool Cemetery on Monday, and hundreds of people collected at the encampment, and afterwards at the grave side, as the Gipsy Queen went the way of all queens, whether they occupy a throne, or a humble though picturesque tent".
 Sarah was of course the wife of Edward"Ned"Boswell , Sarah was reputedly over a 100 when she died but from the Census her age seems to vary !!!not uncommon !! Edward ranges from b 1805 to 1815 ! and Sarah from 1833 /1815/1805 !!!!
 
  Pictured below is "Gypsy Sarah aged 99 and her g/dau

1881*Revidge Field Tent Blackburn, Lancs
  Edward Boswell 65 Gypsy Hawker Cottingham Yks
 Sarah Boswell 48 Gypsy Hawker Wales
 Alma Boswell 20 Gypsy Hawker Lytham Lancs
  Heram Boswell 11 grand son Gypsy Hawker Blackpool Lancs
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Tobias Boswell 24 Gypsy Hawker Wales
 Ada Boswell 28 Gypsy Hawker London, Mx
 Harry Boswell 10mo Gypsy Blackpool Lancs
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 Edgar Chillcott 26 Gypsy Hawker London (This is Edgar Lee married Neds dau Emma)
Emma Chillcott 20 Gypsy Hawker Skelsmerdel
 Brittania Chillcott 1 Gypsy Hawker Chorley Lancs
 Walter Chillcott 29 Gypsy Hawker/Brother Suffolk
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1891*Southshore Town: Bispham Hawes County: Lancashire
(Tent in Sand Hills)
Edward Boswell 86 hd b Yorkshire living on own means (Gypsies)
Sarah Boswell 76 wife b London
Alma Boswell 31 son b Blackpool
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1901*Census*Fylde Sub-registration district: Blackpool
South Shore Holy Trinity Town: Blackpool
Gypsy Encampment in tents)
 Sarah Boswell 96 hd b Essex living on own means
Alma Boswell 44son b Blackpool, Lancashire
 Iraham Boswell 32 g/son b Blackpool, Lancashire
Florry Lee 17 g/dau b Blackpool, Lancashire
Horace Lee 19 g/son b Blackpool, Lancashire
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Polis Heron 39 hd b york Leeds horse dealer
Leah Heron 60 wife? Leeds, Yorkshire hawker
Elijah Heron 61father b Leeds, Yorkshire
 Gavleanna Heron 16 dau b Leeds, Yorkshire

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Pictured above left is Dora Yates who in her book "My Gypsy Days" published 1953 descibes several meetings with her friends the Boswell's and amongst the various stories one that I like is when Dora was visiting them and on the occasion of some "Foreigners" In fact it was 1906 and the Foreigners were some german Gypsies who had camped on the sands at South shore to the disaproval of the English Gypsies ! Below is a brief chapter from the book to give you an idea of what they thought of Intruders in their camp!!

""The Blackpool south shore was already well known to us as the headquarters of our Gypsy friends the Boswells,Youngs
Herons and Lees. Here indeed the Romanies of the Northern Counties looked upon themselves as "we' stablished Gypsies'
or 'we oldstandards', with the privileged monopoly of telling the fortunes of the visitors who flocked to this seaside resort in
their hundreds and thousands. Here the famous Morjiana Lee,wife of Bendigo and sister of Oliver and Ithal Lee, who had
befriended so many Romani Rais,was recognized as the so - called 'Queen' of the Gypsies, and here in this year of grace
1952 her daughter Cinderella (or 'relly) is still reputed to be a miraculous seer into the future.

 In 1906 this enterprising English Gypsy colony did a roaring trade among the Lancashire holiday-makers with their shooting-galleries , mery-go-rounds,switchback raqilways,waterchutes, and other side shows,and the travelling Locks sold their horses to Gawjos less knowledgeable than themselves about horse-flesh. So the Anglo-Romanies regarded 'dose nasty poverty furriners' who had been granted a temporary resting-place on the Blackpool sands with anything but favour---any rival attractions might interfere
with their own thriving buisness. 'And oh! my Rawnie, 'said one of the younger Smith girls,dragging at my arm to hinder us,'you should see the way they treats them poor shopkeepers.They goes into the shops and takes anything they has a fancy for-- half a leg of mutton,a sack of potatoes,or a cheese---and all they gives those dear blessed people is only one penny! And they calls theirselves honest, not like we nice respectable Gypsies!' Having experienced before the sharp jealousy one Gypsy clan feels for another who bids for the notice of their special Rai or Rawnie, and knowing therefor that we should get no reliable information from our old acquaintances,we made straight for the camp of the 'German' Gypsies .""

  Some Photos are courtesy of Wendy Bond and Sharon Float all rights reserved)
 

 

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