History of Black Cab Taxis
When we talk about cab or taxi services around the world and someone asks “what is the oldest?” the answer is London Taxis. London Taxis (London Cabs) aren’t just the oldest licensed cab service in the world, they are the oldest licensed transport system in the world.
London Taxis (London Cabs) were first known as Hackney Coaches, the word ‘Hackney’ deriving from ‘Haqunue’, a dappled grey breed of horse with a particular rhythmical trotting style, which made it perfect for the job. It is believed that this Arabic breed of horse was introduced to these shores during the Norman conquest in the 11th century, and the name was corrupted in the 13th century. The coach wasn’t introduced to England until during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (16th century).