TF3804 : Murrow Bank or Gull Bank?

taken 8 years ago, near to Guyhirn Gull, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Murrow Bank or Gull Bank?
Murrow Bank or Gull Bank?
This raised road runs from Murrow to Guyhirn on top of a bank which was once part of the flood defence system in the Fens. Somewhere near this point the road name changes from Murrow Bank to Gull Bank but historically it is called Fendyke Bank.
Fendyke Bank, the great bank stretching from Cloughs Cross on the Lincolnshire border southwards to Guyhirn, is one of the most important in the district. For many hundreds of years it was the bastion of defence against the fresh waters coming down from the upland counties, and the landward counterpart to the old sea bank on the east side of Leverington. Fendyke protected the whole district on the north side of Wisbech which includes Tydd St. Giles, Newton, Leverington, Guyhirn, and Wisbech St. Mary. Its importance cannot therefore be exaggerated, and the most stringent measures were taken to ensure its safety. The obligation to maintain the bank was imposed on the landowners in the protected parishes.
A great breach was made in the bank in 1437, when 13,400 acres were flooded through the default of one Thomas Flower, the owner of 24 acres in Wisbech High Fen. (fn. 5) Further breaches occurred in 1570 (fn. 6) and in 1770. At the latter date a gap 130 yards wide was made, probably at Abel's Gull. Parts of the country-side were flooded to a depth of 6 feet, and were not brought back into cultivation for three years. So sudden was the disaster that some fled for their lives to Thorney Abbey and the higher lands around. (fn. 7)
The Fendyke may be said to mark the boundary between the 'peat' and 'silt' portions of the parish. The former, comprising Parson Drove Fen, has always been less highly valued and was formerly used mainly as sheep pasturage; it is sparsely populated. The latter, which is the area of ancient settlement, forms part of the Wisbech fruit-growing and market-gardening district.

From: 'Wisbech Hundred: Chapeiry of Parson Drove', A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 4: City of Ely; Ely, N. and S. Witchford and Wisbech Hundreds (2002), pp. 197-200. URL: LinkExternal link Date accessed: 12 July 2011.
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Date Taken
Monday, 28 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 28 June, 2010
Bank (raised road)   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 384 048 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.4308N 0:2.6611E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 384 049
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