Heritage: A history of caravanning in pictures

Martin Brundle takes a break beneath the canopy of his luxury caravan, a 23-foot long Chevrolet Jamb

Martin Brundle takes a break beneath the canopy of his luxury caravan, a 23-foot long Chevrolet Jamboree Rallye, dated 9th January 1981. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Who does not love a good caravanning holiday?

The Caraliner - a boat which can accommodate a caravan - provides a new concept in boating holidays,

The Caraliner - a boat which can accommodate a caravan - provides a new concept in boating holidays, say Jim and Anne Toplis, of Topcraft Cruisers, Oulton Broad. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Every year hundreds of the mobile homes make the trip to our coastline as holiday makers look to enjoy our sunny beaches or explore the broads.

These pictures show the heritage of caravanning across our region and look at how they have changed throughout the years.

Norfolk has had its fair share of quirky and interesting caravans. From caravan boats, such as the Caraliner, to traditional Gipsy caravans such as the one lived in by Jeff Williams and Jan Mohan.

Our county is a much loved destination for caravanners, with more than 100 caravan and camping sites listed across the area. Cromer, Sheringham and Great Yarmouth being popular destinations for sun seekers to pitch their homes.

Jeff Williams and Jan Mohan, with their two lurcher dogs and the caravan in which they will be livin

Jeff Williams and Jan Mohan, with their two lurcher dogs and the caravan in which they will be living, dated 31st May 1988. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library


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They may not be the prettiest sights on the roads during the summer but there is certainly a simple pleasure in a weekend away in a caravan.

The first customers for Breckland Holidays on Mill Farm in Deopham leave by horse-drawn caravan. Mr.

The first customers for Breckland Holidays on Mill Farm in Deopham leave by horse-drawn caravan. Mr. David Chedgey and his wife, Eileen, with Matthew and Beth, move off pulled by Welsh Fred, dated 29th May 1976. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Every bit as compact as its modern counterpart is this gaily-painted gipsy caravan tucked away in a

Every bit as compact as its modern counterpart is this gaily-painted gipsy caravan tucked away in a backyard in Friar Street, King's Lynn. Mr. Poley Gray, the owner at the time, believed it was well over 60 years old. He and Mrs. Gray lived in the caravan for many years and raised five children in it, dated 20th August 1957. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Mr. John Reynolds with his half-size gipsy caravan, dated 4th February 1971. Photo: Archant Library

Mr. John Reynolds with his half-size gipsy caravan, dated 4th February 1971. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Romany-style caravans, parked on Fritton Green for an overnight camp, with the horses unshafted and

Romany-style caravans, parked on Fritton Green for an overnight camp, with the horses unshafted and grazing in the background as these families prepare for supper, dated 26th July 1978. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

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