Cabmen's Shelters, Chelsea

Restoration of the shelter

The Cabmen's Shelter Fund was established in 1875 by the philanthropist 7th Earl of Shaftesbury to run shelters for the drivers of hansom cabs (horse and cart carriages) and later hackney carriages. By law, drivers could not leave the cab rank while their cab was parked so had no hot meals or respite from poor weather. If they stopped at a pub, they would have to pay someone to look after the cab or risk it being stolen and there was a temptation to drink. The Cabmen’s Shelter Fund constructed 61 shelters across London at major cab stands between 1875 and 1914 and the charity continues today.

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