A Knowledge Examiner Speaks

To those studying ‘The Knowledge of London‘ (the deeply intensive course which one must undergo in order to become a licensed London taxi driver), the examiners are godlike.

Knowledge examiners at the Public Carriage Office, Islington- as featured on the BBC’s 1996 documentary, ‘Streetwise’.

It is now possible to garner a glimpse into their mysterious world thanks to former examiner, Chris Ackrill who has just published his book; ‘From Manor House Station to Gibson Square- and back again.

In his book, Chris- who himself passed The Knowledge in 1988 and still works as a cabbie today- talks about his life which has taken many interesting twists and turns over the years- even including a stint in Louisiana, USA.

Candid, detailed and brimming with humour, his autobiography makes for a truly unique read.

You can purchase Chris’ book via YPD Books– please click here for the link .



5 responses

  1. The Knowledge never fails to fascinate Londoners like me. I will check out this new book, Rob.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Thanks so much for mentioning my book! Basically, I just wrote the book I wanted to read: hopefully I’ve struck a balance between detail and entertainment. I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to give a first-hand insight into the Knowledge process. I only wish I could have featured in your gallery of scary examiners in the 1996 clip!
    For more Knowledge detail, I’d also direct readers to the introduction to your own book!

      1. I did the knowledge from 1971 to 1973 and anyone who did it at the same time will remember Mr Findley. The film ” The knowledge” came out many of us were convinced that the main character was based on Mr Findley. In the film one of the knowledge students approaches the examiner and tells him that his father, his brother and his uncle, who are all cab drivers asked to be remembered to him.
        He replies by saying ” son the knowledge is unique, it’s not who you know it’s what you know”.

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