A Rare & Original
Brayshaw & Sons
Road a rail Showman
Built circa early 1920s
The Builder: - William Brayshaw
William ‘Bill’ Brayshaw founded his smithy business in Yeadon, near Leeds. By 1889 he and his
sons had progressed from making flat carts to building caravans. Eventually, they concentrated on
waggons for fairground folk plus many extras such as swings, stalls and roundabouts. Father William
retired in 1911, but his sons continued the business, still trading as Wm. Brayshaw & Sons.
Following WWI, in 1919 the Brayshaws were soon producing the majority of caravans and fairground
equipment built in the UK. With the passing years, Brayshaws showed flexibility and innovation:
their waggons might include external hooks to hang stalling, large belly and back boxes,
rounded corners to the bodies, telescopic kitchens, and full-length towing gear.
Waggons could be anything from 10 - 26ft long, often with half-frosted glass windows
and eye-catching white ceilings scrolled with gold. Founder Bill’s grandson,
Alfred Lesley, took over the business in 1954 and ran it successfully until 1970.
A Unique opportunity to purchase this rare and original,
Brayshaw & sons road a rail showman waggon. In original condition including it's authentic wooden spoked / solid rubber tyred wheels. Generally in very good condition and structurally sound for its age, however, the waggon needs some repairs, possibly 2 - 4 new solid rubber tyres and a full restoration to bring it back to its former glory.
Rib and board construction sides and rear, with windows typically on one side only, one of them half frosted and etched in Brayshaw's unique design. Panelled front with original carvings. Full length mollicroft roof and on original road a rail rubber tyred, wooden spoked wheels, grease caps stamped with the renowned builders name. Also original features such as hooks along the top edge of the sides for hanging livery and a full width belly box running underneath.
Inside, most of original floral artwork and finelining still in place, there is a seperate bedroom area, closed off by a door, which has beautiful cut glass mirror design in the top half and floral transfer design in the bottom half, with green fineline. The bedroom area itself has been painted in a light cream colour and on the ceiling an original but faded scrollwork design.
As you first enter the waggon you will see on your left is a stunning dresser set of drawers with cut glass floral design on 3 bevelled mirrors, a built in tiled fireplace with a carved mantle area containing small mirrors, a cupboard with 2 panelled doors and another set of drawers with a glass display cabinet on the top. To your right, a corner cupboard and another set of drawers with 2 locker seats, one either side.
All the interior panelled areas have the floral design transfer and green finelining to finish. The woodwork is in need of some TLC, With flaking varnish / scumble to restore.
restored with new paint job
and decoration artwork, it will turn
out beautiful. A good investment as waggon prices are going up all the time,
especially original ones.
Length - 17ft 9" (porch end to porch end)
Height - 9ft 7" (top of mollicroft to floor)
Width - 7ft 3" (widest part)
Price: £14,500 o.v.n.o.
For further information:-
Only Email enquiries are being accepted and must contain full name, Postal Address, and Telephone No. Sorry Incomplete enquires will be discarded.
email :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Strictly No time wasters please.
images copyright - waggon owner