The Ouse Washes :: Shared Description

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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TL4584 : Track and Counter Drain - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL4483 : The Counter Drain and Counter Wash by Richard Humphrey
TL5091 : Farmland on The Manea Fifties by Richard Humphrey
TL5192 : Tree just in Norfolk - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL5392 : Ice blue - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL5392 : Setting sun - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL4279 : Willows - The Ouse Washes at Sutton Gault by Richard Humphrey
TL4684 : Fence on the bank of The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL4886 : The New Bedford River at Oxlode, Ely by Richard Humphrey
TL4177 : Almost submerged - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL5090 : Boat on the bank - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL4176 : Rising flood waters - The Ouse Washes near Earith by Richard Humphrey
TL4279 : Chained and locked - The Ouse Washes at Sutton Gault by Richard Humphrey
TL5192 : Willow in the flood water - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL5392 : Winter in Suspension Bridge - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL4279 : Sunset strip - The Ouse Washes at Sutton Gault by Richard Humphrey
TL5090 : Field boundaries - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL5090 : Duck shooting country - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL4177 : Gate on the washland - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL4583 : Colourful river bank - The Ouse Washes near Mepal by Richard Humphrey
TL4381 : Where's the river? - The Ouse Washes at Mepal by Richard Humphrey
TL4381 : A frosty bank - The Ouse Washes at Mepal by Richard Humphrey
TL3974 : A new lock? - The Ouse Washes at Earith by Richard Humphrey
TL4483 : Track along The Counter Wash - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL4583 : Swans on The Old Bedford River - The Ouse Washes near Mepal by Richard Humphrey

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Created: Thu, 24 Dec 2015, Updated: Mon, 15 Feb 2016

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