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 was due to the change in law with regard to common land in the nineteen sixties; education and health concerns are other reasons.
If you would like to hear the experience of some residents happy to have gypsies and travellers as their neighbours, here is a 7 1/2 minute audio recording made by members of the G&T forum using funding from the Big Lottery. Getting on with your neighbours - Audio [3Mb]
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