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Did you know the Hansom Cab (which when mechanical (taxi-)meters were installed to determine fares became the first taxi) was invented in Hinckley by Joseph Hansom in 1834? Hansom was by profession an architect, at one time collaborating with Pugin , and was responsible for several fine churches. His cab design was a major technical advance with innovative safety features. Hansom sold the patent for £10,000, a fortune in those times: sadly the sum was never paid.

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