Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, c1860 – 1970s (2)

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons 1935

Title Wm. Brayshaw & Sons
Date 1935
Location Yeadon
Photo ID E106
Comment Brayshaw van, completely produced by Brayshaw’s except for the wheels and tyres. These opulent mobile homes were much admired, ones which survive are sought after by collectors.
Wm. Brayshaw & Sons 1935

E118 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, 1935.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – 1935

Van interiors – The fan shaped wall lights are typical Art Deco design.
An electric fire sits in a tiled surround with a mirror above it, next to the fireplace is a bureau with drop-down writing desk.
The seating area has a free standing armchair, table and dining chairs are on the right. he windows have leaded panes, more light is admitted through the banks of windows each side of the raised roof.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons 1935

E119 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, 1935.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – 1935

Van interiors – Comfortable living room of a Brayshaw van.
There are fitted units, table and dining chairs on the left and armchairs.
On the right wall is a tiled fireplace with an electric fire, plus a bureau with writing desk.
Beyond the sliding door is a bedroom.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons 1935

E121 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, 1935.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – 1935

Van interiors – On the left is a kitchen cabinet, moving right a stove then a cooker, a worktable is under the window.
Every inch of space has been utilised with extra cupboards for storage incorporated where feasible.


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E093 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

A showman’s van or living wagon built for Mr C Walker.

These four images shows the van extension which increased the living space when parked up.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons Undated

E094 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

As above.



Wm. Brayshaw & Sons Undated

E095 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

As above.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons Undated

E096 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

As above.



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E107 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

The location is the Brayshaw works on Marshall Street, this van or living wagon was made for E A Cooper.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons Undated

E108 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

This showman’s van produced by Brayshaw’s has been given added height and light by a bank of windows added to the roof.
The exterior is finished with geometric patterns on the paintwork, the windows are of decorative glass.
These living wagons were custom made to suit the buyer’s requirements, often the owners name would be painted on the door, in this instance it is not legible.



Wm. Brayshaw & Sons Undated

E117 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

A newly built showman’s van, the location is the Brayshaw works on Marshall Street.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons Undated

E098 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

This showman’s van was built by Brayshaw’s for Alfred B Codona, his name is painted on the door.



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E112 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

Interior view of a showman’s van, the kitchen area can be seen with stove, stainless steel sink, fitted units and cupboards.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons Undated

E113 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

Partial view of the interior of a showman’s van, on the left is a bureau and a chair.
The side panel and door have large oval glass insets with a decorative finish.




Wm. Brayshaw & Sons Undated

E114 – Wm. Brayshaw & Sons, Undated.

Wm. Brayshaw & Sons – Undated

Interior of a Brayshaw’s showman’s van, there is a seating area and stove with a mirror over it.
Every available space has been used to provide storage

Previous Comments:

Re E107
davbuzz
The windows on the roof, evident on all three, was known as a ‘Mollycroft’. My dad told me that it was named after a lady who originally asked for this feature. True or not? I don’t know!!
03 May 2013.

Re E107
robertdavey6
The roof style is also known as ‘Clerestory’ and, was common on railway carriages.
This particular one is somewhat similar to the Midland Railway’s Pullman carriages, of (around) the early 1900’s.
26 July 2013.

Re E093
adminch05
Comments from Alfred Brayshaw: ” I can remember Charlie Walker. When he used to visit his caravan being built he always wore a trilby hat. He finally settled in Bridlington, where he opened The Mint slot machine arcade.”
01 August 2013.

Re E098
adminch05
Comments from Alfred Brayshaw: “I can remember going up to Kirkcaldy with my father and uncle Ben to discuss the building of their living wagon.”
01 August 2013.

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Consolidated by Elaine Ellwood. 09 December 2021.
Last updated: 29 December 2021.

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