Cabmen’s Shelter, Chelsea Embankment

From Wikipedia:

“These shelters were small green huts, which were not allowed to be larger than a horse and cart, as they stood on the public highway. Between 1875 and 1914, 61 of these buildings were built around London, the first being on Acacia Road in St John’s Wood near George Armstrong’s home. Most were staffed by an attendant who sold food and (non-alcoholic) drink to the cabbies and were provided with a kitchen in which the attendant could cook this food and also food provided by the cabbies themselves. The attendant was not generally paid, but was expected to make an income from these sales. The shelters were also provided with seats and tables and books and newspapers, most of them donated by the publishers or other benefactors. Most could accommodate ten to thirteen men. Gambling, drinking and swearing were strictly forbidden.Thirteen of the shelters still exist and are still run by the Cabmen’s Shelter Fund, including Chelsea Embankment SW3 – close to its junction with Albert Bridge, London.”


“The shelter fell out of use due to the lack of parking for taxi drivers nearby. The shelter is in the process of being restored…The chimney/vent on the roof is currently missing and it has no mains sewage connection. The wastewater previously was emptied into an external water butt.”

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