We will be looking at a wide range of topics exploring the history of tramways, and bringing to life the vast array of material contained within the John Price Memorial Library located here at the National Tramway Museum.
19th Century Cabmen’s Shelter – Virtual Tour
Below is a virtual tour of our 1877 Century Bradford cabmen’s shelter, captured by V21 Artspace in its state prior to being removed from site during summer 2020 so that vital restoration work could take place. It now looks very different with internal fittings based on the original architects’ designs (see photos below the virtual tour).
Horse taxi drivers were not allowed to leave their carriages unattended to eat, drink and shelter. From the 1870s, shelters like this were positioned near to cab stands to provide a place for cabmen to get hot food and drink, while their horses also had refreshments and rest.