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with their verdo. Trailing behind were the finest hunter-
Even today in the hills sits one of the finest Orton showmans you could ever wish
to see, down to her axles in decades of mud, still displaying a riot of beautiful
carvings, with etched windows. This too is slowly being reclaimed by Mam Cymru –
Mother Earth. Unfortunately, this is the owner’s desire, showing little respect for
our travellers’ heritage. If this caravan was a fine stone dwelling, it would be
a Grade 1 listed building today -
These ornate waggons never existed in the 1700s, and journeying was all done by footwork or donkey and cart. Abram Wood the Shereskero (Head Gypsy) travelled in to Cymru by foot about 1730 and soon became the most prominent of the Welsh Kaule. The Wood tribe (Veshenge), the equally ancient Ingram tribe (Ingrinies), and the Boswells (Choomomescro) were already travelling in Cymru when Abram and his family arrived. They began travelling the valleys around Machynlleth and Aberystwyth, and the Shereskero made Mid and North Wales his stamping ground.
Abram’s daughter married into the Ingrinies, and the families formed a close bond.
Other Welsh Gypsies were equally as large in life as Abram Wood but were unfortunately unrecorded in their early time. The prominence of the Woods is
J Holly of Abergavenny -
Esmeralda Lock © FH Groome