Gypsy children on Belvedere Marshes in 1919
Bexley Archive holds photographs from the Boswell Collection, showing the lives of Gypsies in the borough in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
It also holds the papers of Erith Urban District Council and those of James Wellbeloved MP. Both contain descriptions of a long political argument about how to treat the Gypsies encamped on Belvedere Marshes. The article below tells the story that these papers reveal.