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Section of the proposed channel to convey the water from the new main sluice in to the River Thames, Purfleet

Section of the proposed channel to convey the water from the new main sluice in to the River Thames, Purfleet

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1764

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 13

Item number: 48.p

Length: 31.1

Width: 12.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Plan

Plan of the sluice at Purfleet in Essex. A new gunpowder magazine was built on this site in the mid 18th century. Water mills had stood here on the Marr Ditch (now known as the Mardyke) but these had the effect of letting salt water from the river seep into the land. This was thought to be detrimental to the land and so the mills were taken down and new sluices were built as a more efficient drainage system. Wooden floodgates were built to protect the fort from the danger of flooding from the River Thames.

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