23 Mar '14, 9pm

Sedan Chairs in London

Sedan Chairs in London

The rivalry between black licensed cabbies and private hire is legionary, one might have thought that licensed Hackney Carriages had it easier in the past, but after reading Lucy Inglis Georgian: London Into The Streets I’ve discovered we cabbies even had our competitors in Georgian times, and it came from an unlikely quarter – the Irish. The sedan chair had certain advantages over other modes of transport. Y ou could get into your chair in the privacy of your home and be carried to your destination without being recognised, with the added luxury of being sheltered from the elements. They also had the advantage of being legal whilst travelling on both road and pavements thus avoiding any congestion. To be a chair man wasn’t for the weak or faint hearted. The chairs were built to be as light as possible, but to be robust a strong wooden frame was needed with metal fittings ...

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