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’re seen on the streets of London.

The main body was similar to a chariot with space but had only two wheels. However, it had only two wheels and the driver sat on a high seat behind the body where he had a good view of traffic. There was a hatch in the head that allowed passengers to communicate with him and pay their travel fares. The driver used a handle to open the doors once he had received his payment.

Hansom cabs had a somewhat disreputable image, and a respectable lady would never travel alone in one.

  • Seats: 2 passengers + 1 coachman

  • Horses: 1