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1950 PROCTOR

JC Proctor was a showman himself, and he ran a large works in Leicestershire covering all aspects of wagon building from 1949-53, as well as boat building and other engineering work. His adverts appealed to the showman's dream: "Just a little something that the others haven't got." They were keen on mass production, and invented clever ways of turning a large number of quality wagons out fairly cheaply.

This particular wagon was built in 1950 by the firm for showman Stanley Thurston, who had looked after it well. Apart from a custom-made kitchen built in the 1980s, the van is largely original inside, and is very spacious – a good thing when you're housing a growing family! It also has an unusual feature: a window on the blind side. Most living wagons have a windowless side to give them privacy on the fairground, and so there is a wall for fitted cupboards and the fireplace.

John and Shelley Todd had originally been living in a 24' Balmforth van, which was to all intents and purposes a post-war wagon. It was only when they came to restore it and remove the aluminium cladding that they found a complete matchboarded 1920s van underneath. As their family grew, they sold the Balmforth and bought this 30' Proctor from John and Anna Carter instead.

This wagon has undergone a thorough restoration and repaint in the winter of 2015/6.


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