A Coloured Plan of a New Cut from Wainfleet in Lincolnshire to the Sea
Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment
This is a map showing the proposed new ‘haven’ or channel from Wainfleet in Lincolnshire, to the sea. It is orientated with east to the top, although the cardinal points have not been inserted. It is thought to date from around 1570. It shows the channels and distances to the sea from Wainfleet. A legend at the foot of the map records the lengths of the waterway for which ‘the Lord Dalby’ (Sir William Brereton) and various parishes and districts were responsible. On the death of Sir William Brereton in 1569 his son became a ward and his manor of Dalby reverted to the Crown. It is likely that Lord Burghley, who owned a version of this map from which this map is copied, became interested in Wainfleet Haven at this point. Burghley, as Commissioner of Sewers in 1564 and 1570, had a particular interest in Wainfleet Haven and is recorded as having written to the Commissioner of Sewers on February 1568/9 about the diking of two streams forming part of the Haven. Burghley was himself on the board of Commissioners of Sewers for Holland in 1554; for Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and the Isle of Ely in 1555, and for Lincolnshire in 1564 and 1570.