TL5392 : Flooded gateway on Welney Wash - The Ouse Washes

taken 1 year ago, near to Welney, Norfolk, Great Britain

Flooded gateway on Welney Wash - The Ouse Washes
Flooded gateway on Welney Wash - The Ouse Washes
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The Ouse Washes

The Ouse Washes, also known as The Hundred Foot Washes, is an area of grassland (washland) that can be deliberately flooded 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
Sunday, 22 November, 2020   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 28 November, 2020
Geographical Context
Grassland  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
Primary Subject of Photo
Flood Plain 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5328 9272 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.6494N 0:15.4326E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 53404 92892
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Norfolk  Flood Storage Reservoir  Flooding  Fenland  Ouse Washes  Grassland  Sunset  Gate  Gateway 

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