TL6886 : Little Ouse River

taken 11 years ago, 4 km from Hockwold Cum Wilton, Norfolk, Great Britain

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Little Ouse River
Little Ouse River
Looking across the river to the farmland beyond along a drainage ditch. This land was once fenland (a mix of willow, alder sedge and reed) but was drained for agriculture. The process started in 1634 with the cutting of the Old Bedford river. However the process had to become more reliant on technology as the peaty soil shrank one drained so the fields ended up below the drainage rivers. In some areas of the fens old river beds stand above the fields as the silt compacted less than the peat. Windmills were used initially and steam was introduced in 1820 (at Bottisham Fen). Things are almost coming full circle as the land behind the photographer has been reflooded by the RSPB to recreate fenland. Details of drainage history from LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 3 June, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 14 July, 2007
Category
Farmland   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 687 862 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:26.9112N 0:28.8662E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 687 860
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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