Group of primitive Methodists about to leave Keadby for a charabanc outing 1921. The charabanc is a type of horse-drawn vehicle or early motor coach. They would be open top with a folding canvas style hood which was difficult to manoeuvre and offered little protection from the weather. Benched seats were arranged in rows allowing large parties to travel together. This made them popular with groups and business arranging outings and day trips. It was common for the body to be built separate from the motor chassis. This could be fixed in place over summer when it was used for trips. During the winter months a goods body could be attached instead allowing the vehicle to be in use all year round. Unfortunately, they had a poor safety record being liable to tip over especially if over filled with passengers. They quickly fell out of use in the 1920’s as motor coaches became popular however the name is still used especially in the North of England for day trips out.
Image courtesy of North Lincolnshire Museum service.