Monday, 4 June 2012

Hansom Cab

Joseph Hansom inventor of the patent safety cab was born in York in 1803. He did not make much money from his invention as the company he sold the design to got into financial difficulties and could not pay him. This was a recurring theme throughout his life as a number of his building projects also went bankrupt. He spent most of his life working as an architect building many churches including the Roman Catholic Plymouth Cathedral.


  1. Fascinating Deb. I was always led to believe they were a London invention (another piece of misinfomation fed to me due to my growing up in the capital no doubt). Great sign too.


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