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Whittlesea

Whittlesea

Surveyor: Yeakell, T.

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1821

Shelfmark: OSD 270

Item number: 24

Length: 46

Width: 38

Genre: Map

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

This drawing covers the fens of Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire with the county borders indicated by a red dotted line. Characteristic fenland features such as dykes, canals and ancient cattle droves are clearly depicted on the plan. In the 17th century, the Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden was appointed by James I to direct the drainage of the wetlands. As a result of Vermuyden's work, the fens took on a very different appearance, changing from an area of flooded marshes to one of extensively farmed agricultural land.

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