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Hobson's Conduit

Having written in an earlier post about one of the early sources of water for Cambridge, delivered through 'Hobson's Conduit' - Nine Wells - on this visit I had time to look at the point where water was originally distributed through the town.

The conduit head was moved from its original site in the centre of town where it was the main distribution point. This setting now marks the end of the main water channel or conduit.

What is interesting to see now is that part of the original water distribution was through open channels alongside the roads, the picture below showing the channels on either side of Trumpington Street. Not drains but drinking water distribution from the Nine Wells chalk springs to the south of the city.

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