TL5394 : Winter reflections in The River Delph - The Ouse Washes near Welney

taken 6 years ago, near to Welney, Norfolk, Great Britain

Winter reflections in The River Delph - The Ouse Washes near Welney
Winter reflections in The River Delph - The Ouse Washes near Welney
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The Ouse Washes
The Ouse Washes, also known as The Hundred Foot Washes, is an area of deliberately flooded grassland (washland) lying between the Old and New Bedford Rivers. These rivers are derived from the River Great Ouse, a major tributary of East Anglia's Wash. They were dug in the 16th & 17th centuries as part of a programme to drain The Fens of floodwater for agriculture. In 1630, King Charles I granted a drainage charter to the 4th Earl of Bedford who engaged the Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden to construct the two Bedford rivers. The purpose of the new rivers was to facilitate drainage of the River Great Ouse between Earith and Downham Market.
The New Bedford River flows through the entire length of the washland and The River Delph flows through the washes either side of Welney. The flood waters are contained between 2 parallel embankments - The Old Bedford Barrier Bank and the Hundred Foot Bank - and the area between the banks is approximately 20 miles long and half a mile wide in places. It is permanent grassland and used for livestock grazing when not flooded and acts as washland or flood reservoir allowing the flow of water to the sea to be contained and released in a controlled way during the winter and occasionally in summer.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 January, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 19 January, 2013
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Weather (from Tags)
Hoar Frost 
Season (from Tags)
Winter 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5322 9410 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.3942N 0:15.4177E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5318 9410
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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