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Old Botanic Gardens, Downing Street and Free School circa 1850

Old Botanic Gardens, Downing Street

History of the Old Botanic Gardens, Downing Street

According to the New Guide to … Cambridge 1831, the Botanic Gardens were:

situate in Downing Street, but having another entrance by Free School Lane, contains nearly four acres, supplied with water by a channel which runs through the middle.

This piece of land, with a large and ancient edifice which formerly belonged to the Augustine Friars, was purchased by Dr Richard Walker, Vice-Master of Trinity College, for £1600…

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