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Draughtsman: Budgen, Charles

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1818

Shelfmark: OSD 279 pt.1

Item number: 13

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 2 '' : 1 Mile (1 : 31680)

Dikes and canals constructed to drain the fens are the prominent feature of this plan of the West Fen in Lincolnshire. These date from the 17th century, when James I appointed Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden to direct the drainage of the wetlands. Many local people opposed the scheme as the plan involved commonland on which they grazed cattle. As a result of Vermuyden's work, the fens changed radically in appearance, from an area of flooded marshes to one of extensively farmed agricultural land.

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