Monday, March 16, 2009

Ripon's Cabmen's Shelter listed

Well done to those of you taking part in Name That Shed over the weekend who spotted that it was a cabmen's shelter (extra points to Andy and Justin for identifying the exact location). Indeed, it's a shed that's making news.Thanks to sterling work by the Ripon Civic Society this historic shelter in the town has just been listed, at Grade II, as a building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest by the Department of Culture Media and Sport. According to English Heritage: "It has a highly-decorative Edwardian design, dating from 191I... and is a nationally rare and well-preserved example of a cabmen’s shelter, an important reminder of the importance of horse-drawn transport in the early C20, supplied by the well-known firm of Boulton and Paul." Here's some more background from the Civic Society:
The shelter was bought in 1911 with a £200 legacy from Sarah Carter. When modern motor taxis did away with the need for a shelter it fell into disrepair. Local councillor Rowland Simpson bought it in 1980 and donated it to Ripon Civic Society. The Royal Engineers restored it, but ten years later it was damaged by a lorry and members of the Civic Society spent more than £2,000 repairing the damage and repainting the shelter before presenting it to the City Council New Year’s Day 1999.


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