The Ouse Washes :: Shared Description

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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TL3975 : Swans and willows - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL4178 : On the waters edge - The Ouse Washes south of Sutton Gault by Richard Humphrey
TL5394 : Winter reflections in The River Delph - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL5192 : Willows in the flood water - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL4279 : Evening calm - The Ouse Washes at Sutton Gault by Richard Humphrey
TL5392 : Winter washland - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL4785 : Big blue pipes at Welches Dam, Manea - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL3974 : Starting to flood - The Ouse Washes at Earith by Richard Humphrey
TL4279 : Swans - The Ouse Washes at Sutton Gault by Richard Humphrey
TL3974 : Dead otter near Earith - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL5392 : Gate to the washes near Suspension Bridge - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL5088 : Railway bridge over The Hundred Foot Drain - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL4583 : Poppies on the bank - The Ouse Washes near Mepal by Richard Humphrey
TL5393 : Frost covered trees by The River Delph - The Ouse Washes at Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL4279 : Shimmering sun - The Ouse Washes at Sutton Gault by Richard Humphrey
TL4075 : The Bulwark in flood - The Ouse Washes near Earith by Richard Humphrey
TL5392 : Wash Road depth markers - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL4177 : Flooding at Chain Corner - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL5393 : Wash Road in winter - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey
TL4279 : Mirrored trees  - The Ouse Washes at Sutton Gault by Richard Humphrey
TL3974 : Ditch near The Bulwark - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL4279 : Weeds and flood water at Sutton Gault - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL5392 : Washland near Suspension Bridge - The Ouse Washes by Richard Humphrey
TL4279 : Fast flowing - The Ouse Washes at Sutton Gault by Richard Humphrey
TL5392 : Pink waters - The Ouse Washes near Welney by Richard Humphrey

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Created: Thu, 24 Dec 2015, Updated: Fri, 4 Dec 2020

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