Hobson and Crane

Thomas Hobson, a carrier and wealthy merchant and John Crane, an apothecary, both lived in Cambridge in the 17th century. John Crane’s memorial tablet can be seen in Great St Mary’s Church.

Hobson and Crane both left money and property in charitable trust for educational purposes which originally financed the apprenticeship fees for young people in the City who were to learn a trade.

Since the coming of universal education, the Governors of the Hobson and Crane Exhibition Foundation now make educational grants to groups in the City who support disadvantaged children.

Currently, these include Cambridgeshire Social Services, the Red Hen Project and Romsey Mill 

CUC Trustees receive regular reports from these organisations, with details of how the money is being spent.

Recent reports sent to the CUC can be found here