Sunday 26 May 2019

Sunday Snap – The Shelter

We were looking up at the Millennium Wheel for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked what the name of it was and the answer is

The London Eye

Going round and round with the right answer were Soma, Sarah, Kara, Susan and Mary.

After we had been on the London Eye we walked over the Golden Jubilee bridge and came across this green wooden shelter. At one point they would have been a common sight in London but now only about a dozen remain. In 1874 the Earl of Shaftesbury realised that one of London's most important workforces were being severely neglected. They were unable to leave their transport for fear of it being stolen or having to pay someone to keep an eye on it. It also meant that if they pitched up outside a pub and went inside for some refreshment they would be tempted by the alcoholic beverages on offer.

The solution to this was the construction of these shelters. They were funded by a charity set up by the Earl of Shaftesbury and some of his wealthy friends. In total 61 of these shelters were built between 1875 and 1914. The police stated that as the shelters were on the public highway they had to be restricted in size. Despite this the shelters managed to fit in a kitchen plus seats and tables for up to 13 men. While they were enjoying a hot meal or drink they could relax by reading some of the books and newspapers that had been donated. Anyone using the shelters had to be on their best behaviour as gambling, drinking alcohol and swearing were not allowed. This week's question is

What profession are these shelters for?

We were joined last week by Susan and footballing success. Soma has been making a telephone box bag. Kara has been busy baking in an open fire and getting in some cannon practice. A wedding made Sarah a proud auntie. On a walk Mary came across the Rousham Eyecatcher. Betty has been continuing her photographic tour of New Zealand. Finally, Jesh has been paying a visit across the pond.

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  1. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing bus or coach drivers?!

  2. I have no idea, never seen them before

  3. I have no idea, but I really want to know now. Thanks for hosting. x

  4. I have no idea, but I am intrigued x

  5. Are they for the Police? We have a similar one here in Sheffield by the town hall. It's much smaller and the information board says two police officers would have had their lunch and written reports in it.

    Thanks for hosting Sunday Snap xx

  6. Hi! They are The Cabmen’s Shelters. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Taxi drivers! I've always wanted to look inside one, they fascinate me!

  8. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful week.


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