Town’s first taxi cab

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TODAY it might be easy enough to catch a ride home from Central Cars or A-Line, but in days gone by taxis weren’t as fast or frequent as they are now.

Last week, we published a photo in the Derbyshire Times of Stephenson’s Place, Chesterfield by Francis Frith, taken at the start of the 20th Century, and eagle-eyed reader, Jim Walker, spotted a familiar car parked at the front of a taxi rank on the snap.

He said: “I believe the first car on the taxi-rank to be the Bellsize owned by my grandfather Charles Bower in around 1913. Arguably – because I do not believe Town Hall records still exist – the first motorised taxi cab in Chesterfield.”

He attached a photo of the car, in the same spot on Stephenson’s Place, with his grandfather standing by it.

A second snap he sent is of his grandfather’s “Seagull” Crossley Charabanc vehicle from around 1920.

He said: “The young driver is my father, Jim Walker, freshly released from the Royal Flying Corps.

“I have added this because it is one of the few photos in my collection of which I cannot identify the location. I wonder whether a reader may be able to do so?”

Can you spot the location in this photo, or do you recognise any of the faces? Email retro@derbyshiretimes.co.uk or write to Retro, Derbyshire Times, 37 Station Road, Chesterfield, S41 7XD. Send your own old pictures to the same address.