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Title: Ouse Washes : summer flood control
Author: National Rivers Authority Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
Abstract:
The fens, rivers, defensive banks and washes as we know them today are almost entirely man-made. The fenland area, situated where several rivers ran off higher ground into the Wash, was for centuries a wet, boggy area frequently under water and inhabited by sparse populations of fen men who lived on the numerous areas of high ground and who survived mainly by summer grazing, fishing, Wildfowling, reed harvesting and their cunning and knowledge of the area. In 1630 Francis Russell the Earl of Bedford formed a Company of Adventurers and engaged the Dutch Engineer Cornelius Vermuyden to drain the Great Level of the Fens. This document describes the Ouse Washes and its summer flood control.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1994
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: RiversFlood irrigationFlood controlFens
Geographic Keywords: The WashOuse Washes
Extent: 7
Permalink: http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/ealit:2846
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