Cabmen's Shelter

Thirteen cabmen's shelters remain in London, still operated by the Cabmen's Shelter Fund, a charity established in 1875 by the Earl of Shaftesbury. Hanson cab drivers were not allowed to leave their vehicles unattended and had little opportunity for refreshment. These small shelters offered hot food and drink, prepared by an attendant. The shelters were furnished with chairs and tables for up to 13 drivers. There were often newspapers and books to read. 61 of these distinctive buildings were built at the principle cab stands across Central London. The existing shelters are all grade II listed. 



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