A Flood in the Fens

A Flood in the Fens Robert Walker Macbeth, R.A. (1848-1910) Source: “The Great Fen” in the 1885 English Illustrated Magazine. Hathi Trust online version of a copy in the The Pennsylvania State University). Click on image to enlarge it.

Commentary by Samuel H. Summers

If by accident, and there have been many which we cannot even note here, either through want of repairs or otherwise, a bank should break, the water flows over the land adjacent to the drain, and people, with their belongings, are driven helter-skelter from their houses. A notable instance occurred in 1862, when the Middle Level Drain burst, and 6,000 acres of Marshland were laid under water. The sluice by the bank of the Ouse gave way or 41 blew up,” the tide ran up the drain, and the pressure of water broke the bank. [812-13]

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Miller, Samuel H. “The Great Fen.” English Illustrated Magazine. 2 (September 1885): 805-17. Hathi Trust online version of a copy in the Getty Institute. Web. 1 February 2021.

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