In the Victorian era, Gypsies began to travel glorious ornate horse drawn wagons or caravans known as Vardos, which captured the publics imaginations, inspiring countless paintings, poems, novels, and children’s stories.. The gypsies have always been mistrusted and persecuted for their ways. Where they really healers and clairvoyants? Or where they really charlatans and parasites? The Gypsies hang on to age old customs, courtship rites and dialect. Romany communities are still to be found all over Europe, and deep inside the former Soviet Union. In Britain today, barely a dozen families are to be found wandering the country in horse drawn wagons. In a decade or so, their may be none at all.