Hansom Cab in Warwick

Victorian toy at the Market Hall Museum

Hansom cab toy on display at the Market Hall Museum, Warwick.
Anne Langley

There’s a new exhibit in the Market Hall Museum in Warwick – a Victorian toy hansom cab that came from my great-grandfather. He built up a construction business in the West Midlands and had seven children who would have played with this toy. Hansom cabs were the taxis of the day, invented in 1834 by an architect – Joseph Hansom – who also designed Birmingham Town Hall. The driver sat outside up behind the cab (getting very wet on occasion). Do go and have a look at it (on display till the end of September). It had languished in my mother’s loft for many years so it’s great to share it with others now.


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