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Gypsies and Travellers

Most people know very little about the 5 000 Gypsies and Travellers living in Devon. The Teignbridge population comprises mainly English Romany Gypsies and New Travellers, (there are a very small numbers of local Irish Travellers in the District).

These days the majority of Gypsies and Travellers live in houses rather than in caravans or vehicles, for many this is due to the change in law with regard to common land in the nineteen sixties.

Many of the Gypsies and Travellers in Devon have long historical links with this part of the country. Some people may argue that they are more Devonian than many of the 126,000 people who currently live in Teignbridge.  Gypsies and Travellers Myth Busting Leaflet [797kb]

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