TF4925 : Wisdom on The River Nene

near to Guy's Head, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Wisdom on The River Nene
Wisdom on The River Nene
Cargo vessel near the lighthouses. There are 2 ports on the tidal River Nene, one at Wisbech and one at Sutton Bridge
The River Nene from Peterborough to The Wash
The original course of the River Nene, from Peterborough to The Wash, was around Whittlesey Mere, through Benwick, March and Upwell, eventually joining The Well Stream at Outwell which flowed to the then coastal town of Wisbech. Over the centuries a straight channel was dug through the marshes north of Wisbech to the current outfall north of Sutton Bridge and the land on either side reclaimed. There are numerous visible sections of the old coastal banks on both sides of the River Nene north of Wisbech, see LinkExternal link.
One of the earliest attempts to improve the flow of water from Peterborough to the coast and reduce flooding in the Fens was made by Bishop Morton who had a straight channel dug in the late 15th century from Peterborough to Wisbech known as Mortonís Leam, see LinkExternal link In the early 1700s a new and much larger straight channel was dug from Peterborough to Wisbech called Smiths Leam, parallel to and just north of Mortonís Leam, to improve the flow of water from Peterborough to the sea. Mortonís Leam from Guyhirn to Wisbech was incorporated into Smithís Leam and the remainder of Mortonís Leam from Peterborough to Guyhirn became the main artery into and out of the Nene Washes which were created between Guyhirn and Peterborough.
Smithís Leam is now known as the River Nene and the original meandering river from Peterborough to Marmont Priory Lock in Upwell is now known as The River Nene (Old course), see LinkExternal link.
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2012
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Date Taken
Monday, 17 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 24 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Docks, Harbours  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 4920 2566 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.4713N 0:12.7218E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 4926 2575
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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