Hansom Cab

First designed in 1834 by Joseph Hansom of York. This was a carriage that was intended to replace the hackney cabs as a better form of transportation for hire. By 1836, they were seen on the streets of London.

The hansom cab was a hybrid between a chariot and a cabriolet or curricle. While most two-wheeled vehicles had a foldable head, this one was fixed, though it didn't not fully enclose the passengers like a proper chariot would. The doors opened towards the front of the carriage and were controlled by the coachman; he had a handle that he would pull to open them once he received his payment. What made it unique among other carriages was that the coachman's box was behind the main body of the carriage; the coachman sat high up, giving him a good view of traffic. Also, the head had a special hatch that allowed passengers to communicate with him and pay their travel fares.

Hansom cabs had a somewhat disreputable image and were only used by gentlemen and disreputable women. In general, ladies did not ride in hansom cabs, and a respectable lady would never travel alone in one.

  • Seats: 2 passengers + 1 coachman

  • Horses: 1