Han­som Cab re­turns to town streets

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THE HAN­SOM CAB re­turned to Hinck­ley town cen­tre streets for the first time in 100 years on Satur­day as part of the Na­tional Her­itage Open Days cel­e­bra­tion.

This historic event was marked by the Deputy Mayor Coun­cil­lor Jan Kirby and other dig­ni­taries be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to ride around the town in the cab driven by its re­storer, Adrian Lan­der, who was dressed for the oc­ca­sion in full pe­riod cos­tume. As well as ad­mir­ing it, mem­bers of the pub­lic en­joyed pos­ing for pho­tos sit­ting in­side the cab.

The cab was de­vel­oped and tested by Joseph Han­som in Hinck­ley and patented in 1834. The Han­som cab went on to be­come one of the most pop­u­lar forms of trans­port dur­ing the 1800s.

Also see­ing the newly re­stored cab in Hinck­ley for the first time on Satur­day was Richard Forder, the great grand­son of Al­fred Forder, one of the three brothers who com­prised Forders of Wolver­hamp­ton, the com­pany that orig­i­nally man­u­fac­tured this Han­som Cab. Forders were very suc­cess­ful cab and car­riage man­u­fac­tur­ers who op­er­ated un­der royal war­rant.

As well as see­ing a return of the Han­som cab, there were sev­eral listed build­ings open for the pub­lic to tour around, in­clud­ing The Atkins Build­ing, Hinck­ley and District Museum, Hinck­ley Great Meet­ing Uni­tar­ian Chapel and St. Peter’s Church in Thorn­ton. In ad­di­tion, the Hinck­ley Ma­sonic Hall was also open to the pub­lic.

Vis­i­tors en­joyed a spe­cial his­tory dis­play mounted in Hinck­ley Mar­ket Place, cour­tesy of Hinck­ley District Past and Present, the bor­ough coun­cil and also lo­cal his­to­rian Greg Drozdz.

Coun­cil leader Mike Hall said: “It was great to see the Han­som Cab, and it looked fan­tas­tic.

“I hope that it will not be too long be­fore we can find it a per­ma­nent home back in Hinck­ley. There were some amaz­ing build­ings open to the pub­lic also and I hope these events will be re­peated in the fu­ture so that we can ex­pand them into more lo­ca­tions across the Bor­ough.”

Lo­cal his­to­rian and vicechair­man of Hinck­ley and District Museum, Greg Drozdz, has been in­volved with the Hinck­ley cab since 1984.

He said: “This in­deed was a red let­ter day for the town and this par­tic­u­lar cab. Our ve­hi­cle was man­u­fac­tured by the firm of Forder in Wolver­hamp­ton and the great grand­son, Richard Forder, trav­elled from Sh­effield to be with us, to cel­e­brate this ve­hi­cle”.

Mr Drozdz added: “Richard told us of the royal connections the firm had - build­ing and de­liv­er­ing a cab for the Prince of Wales, later Ed­ward VII. At the same time they de­liv­ered an­other for his well known mis­tress, Lilly Langtry.”

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