Thursday, July 02, 2015

the oldest existing trailer/caravan, The Wanderer, has been restored and put on display at Cotswolds Caravan Club

Dr William Gordan Stables, right, in 1885 just after he designed and built the Wanderer. It was pulled by two horses, Captain Corn-flower and Polly Pea-blossom back then.

Custom-made in 1884, this 30ft caravan is more like a palace on wheels.

Commissioned by Scotsman Dr William Stables, The Wanderer was the first caravan to be made purely for the pleasure of travel. Made from mahogany and maple wood, and painted black and gold, former naval officer Dr Stables wanted the life of a gypsy while traveling in style - spawning the nickname 'Gentleman Gypsy'.

The Wanderer has clocked up tens of thousands of miles and was inspired by traditional horse-drawn Romany wagons.

It boasts a bookcase, china cabinet and even musical instruments to entertain campers when it rained outside.

But the world's first caravan has been gathering dust for years and was only wheeled out on special occasions. Beverley Larion, of the Caravan Club, said: 'We would prefer to keep it at the Caravan Club rather than in a storage facility so our members can enjoy it. 'It’s the most beautiful display of craftsmanship internally and the upholstery is all original.'

Unfortunately, no one did a decent job of taking photos of the outside of it before they stuck it in a glass room

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