I have talked previously about researching travellers and Gypsy research, during my Oral History Series,
On revisiting some notes made about 10 years ago and then verifying those details, I can confirm the Drakeley family who were involved in the fairgrounds, coal merchants and canals of the Midlands, descend from Abraham Drakeley who was the brother of John. I descend from John whose Great Grand daughter, Bethsheba married John Matthews. The link is a fair way back (no pun intended!) and I so wish my Grandmother was here to tell her.
In the course of that research, I have gathered bits and pieces relating to DRAKELEY (DRAKLEY) Fairs. Whilst they did exist, the amount of material available is limited, though I have gathered material about the Fairs in general. The fairgrounds make a fascinating specialised study.
There are a number of useful research materials and sites, and exploring those can give a sense of context to our research. Today I am sharing some of those sites:
- Full catalogue at the National Fairground and Circus Archive
- History of the Fairground
- Researching Fairgrounds and Travelling showman in Surrey
- Fairground Heritage Centre
- Fairground Association of Great Britain
- Romany & Traveller Family History Society
- Celtic Traveller, DNA Project
- Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2020
Taking part in the A-Z Challenge for 2020