Hobson's Conduit

Hobson's Conduit : The New River at Cambridge Commonly Called Hobson's River

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It is a peculiarity of Cambridge that in one of the principal streets, Trumpington Street, there is a runnel of fresh water, called Hobson's Conduit, on either side of the road (a similar stream in St Andrew's Street was covered over in the 1990s.) These streams form part of a system of water supply named after Thomas Hobson (1545-1631), the Cambridge carrier, from whom we get the expression 'Hobson's Choice', and for who the young John Milton wrote two verse epitaphs, reproduced in this work. For 250 years, Hobson's Conduit provided the principal supply of drinking water for the centre of the city, after Andrew Perne (1519-89), Vice-Chancellor of the University, persuaded a number of patrons, including Hobson, to subscribe towards the project. First published in 1938, this history of Cambridge's ancient urban watercourse was written by W. D. Bushell, one of the trustees of the Hobson's Conduit Trust.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • 1139162780
  • 9781139162784

Table of contents

Preface; Author's note; 1. The open watercourses in the streets of Cambridge; 2. The Nine Wells, and the watercourse down to the Conduit Head; 3. The distribution of the water from the Conduit Head; 4. The Elizabethan proposals; 5. The ancient King's Ditch; 6. The water brought down Trumpington Street to the King's Ditch; 7. The water brought to the Market Hill; 8. The water brought to Emmanuel and Christ's Colleges; 9. Thomas Hobson, the carrier; 10. Other benefactors of the Conduit; 11. The constitution of the Trust; 12. Roman and medieval waterworks and the New River from Ware to London; 13. Technical skill in the seventeenth century; 14. Cambridge water supplies, past and present; 15. The medieval water supply of Trinity Cambridge; 16. The old account books of the Trust; 17. The more recent history of the Conduit; Appendices; Index.show more