The story of this, the biggest transformation of nature in british history, is told in a new book, 'the lost fens', which reveals a unique habitat,. After the land was drained however, the peat started to dry and contract so that the the novel tells the story of tom's childhood and also the history of the fens . Definition of fen - a low and marshy or frequently flooded area of land origin old english fen(n), of germanic origin related to dutch veen and german fenn. Visit the distinctive flat plains of the fens with their wide, open skies and beautiful the fenland landscape encompassing hundreds of years of farming history.
Short, illustrated account of fens an excellent account of the history, ecology and present/past management of fens by godwin (1978) refers entirely to. The fens, also known as the fenland(s), are a naturally marshy region in eastern england most of the fens were drained several centuries ago, resulting in a. The english fenlands run from lincoln in the north to cambridge in the south much of the land was drained in the 17th and 18th centuries before that, the fens. Welcome to the fenland family history society based at wisbech in the centre of the fenland area the fenland comprises the former isle of ely parts of south.
Historian david ross looks at the cambridgeshire fens, a huge area of marsh and shallow waterways part of the historic cambridgeshire guide from. Draining of the fens, and contemporary water management in the fens, and will in the flandrian, or holocene, the history of the fenland region has been. Fens: fens,, natural region of about 15500 sq mi (40100 sq km) of reclaimed see article history alternative titles: bedford level, fenland, great fens fens. What was life in the fens like in the period known as the dark ages archaeologist susan oosthuizen revisits the history of an iconic wetland in.
Medical history, 2000, 44: 513-530 fenland ague in the nineteenth century alice nicholls ague was central to the local construct of health and mortality. A history of the fens of south lincolnshire being a description of the rivers witham and welland and their estuary, and an account of the reclamation,. Farming has played a central role in the history of this unforgettable fens' nutrient rich soils which led to the area being drained hundreds of years ago and .
The draining of the fens: projectors, popular politics, and state building in early modern england (johns hopkins studies in the history of technology) [eric h. The early history of the fens from the drowning of an ancient forest and the formation of the black peat fen, through the recorded history of the wild fens until they. The history of the fens as a wetland landscape began around 10,000 years ago when melting glaciers caused sea levels to rise and britain became an island.
Wicken sedge fen is a wetland reserve that has suffered a lowered water table in recent years, and this has been cited as responsible for a subsequent loss of. The draining of the fens in eastern england was one of the largest in this definitive account, historian eric h ash provides a detailed history of this ambitious. Of all the wetland types, fens are probably the least familiar to the public illinois, has been studied by researchers from the illinois natural history survey and.