"a metropolitan hackney carriage"

Joseph Aloysius Hansom
Public DomainJoseph Aloysius Hansom

A taxi. In 1886, this would have been a horse-drawn hansom cab. These were named after Joseph Hansom, who patented the design in 1834. An eminent architect, Hansom was also celebrated for his buildings. One of the most famous of these is the Grade I-listed St Walburge's, Preston, which, with its 309 ft spire, is the tallest parish church in England.