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Papers relating to Hobson's Charity, in particular the Spinning House, Cambridge, 1830 - 1893

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/Endow.I.1-23a

Scope and Contents

Thomas Hobson (?1544-1630), carrier, by codicil to his will, 1 January 1630, left money for the maintenance of a house of correction and workhouse. The University portion of the former, known as the Spinning House, on St Andrew's Street, was used as a prison for prostitutes apprehended by the Proctors until 1894.


  • Creation: 1830 - 1893


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From the Management Group:

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2 archive box(es) : paper

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Related Materials

See also among the University Archives, T.VIII; Min.VI.1/54, 6/13; VCCt.I.123.

Finding aid date

1998-05-30 11:10:01+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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