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History of Hobson's Conduit
Hobson’s Conduit (Brook) was built from 1610 to 1614. The original scheme to provide water into the centre of Cambridge was devised in 1574 by Andrew Perne, Master of Peterhouse. It was revived by James Montagu, Master of Sidney Sussex College and built at the expense of the University and the town. It was Thomas Hobson who endowed the Trust to deal with the maintenance of the waterway.
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