This category lists websites for the area inland from The Wash, corresponding to marshland frequently flooded
in winter until their manual drainage at strategically positioned pumping stations.
This dates back to Roman hydraulics, and there are traces of medieval drainage works, but major reclamation
for agriculture was during the seventeenth century, with drainage maintained by windpumps.
The Fens drain into the Wash at the mouths of
The Great Ouse at  King's Lynn, Norfolk,
The River Nene at  Sutton Bridge, South Holland,
The River Welland at  Fosdyke, and Haven at  Boston, Lincolnshire.
The major open drains join the Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire;
the Old and New Bedford Rivers, also known as the Hundred Foot Drain, from  Earith in Cambridgeshire.

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Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board: Map of District
Interactive display of the low lying fens south and west of Boston, showing the system for pumping rainwater into the River Witham , and the sluiced Haven, for realease at low tide in the Wash.
Devil’s Dyke
Blog about the Anglo-Saxon earthwork running between the villages of Reach and Woodditton. Includes native flora and fauna, photo galleries, bird sound recordings, map, visitor information and related links.
Fens for the Future
Partnership aiming to extend existing waterways and wetland to establish a sustainable ecosystem and water storage network across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Flag Fen
Bronze Age archaeological site featuring ancient kilometre long wooden causeway, preserved in the wetland, and monument used by Prehistoric fen people for worship and ritual. Includes visitor information.
GLNP: South Lincolnshire Fenlands Partnership
Introduction to restoration aims, to re-create up to 800 hectares of lost wild fenlands between Bourne and Market Deeping. Includes Wildlife Trust reserves, objectives regarding agriculture, reedbeds, swampland, wet woodlands and wildlife.
Great Fen
Project started in 2001 to restore and manage a 2140 acre wetland area between Peterborough and Huntingdon, for the benefit of wildlife and amenity. Includes bird migration, sightings, invertebrate, mammals and plants galleries, educational resources, visitor information, events, news blog, and contacts.
Must Farm
Discovery commecrcial transport in the River Nene in 2011, and archeological excavation of a Bronze Age settlement from 2015 to 2016. Includes dig diaries, FAQ, future plans.
Nene Valley Archaeological Trust
Professional archaeologists and local amateur groups combine to discover, document and communicate the area's history. Includes records of digs since 1957, publications on Roman pottery, prehistoric and medieval artefacts, and news blog.
Prickwillow Museum
Collection of estored diesel engines used for the drainage of the Fens, history of the area, the people involved, camparison with wind and steam, information for visitors, blog , links to videos and contacts.
Wicken Fen
Details on this nature reserve of the ancient fenland landscape, owned by the National Trust. Features reed-bed, wet woodland and open water, on peat soil kept wet by rainfall and chalky river water straddling Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Wikipedia: Cambridgeshire Lodes
Article contributed by the public, describing the series of man-made waterways, originated in the Roman era, draining into the River Cam, leading via the River Great Ouse, to the Wash. Includes history, plan with current pumping stations, locks and sluices, references and related links.
BBC Radio 4: The Fens: Discovering England's Ancient Depths
Radio series of five 15-minute programmes narrated by Dr Francis Pryor, featuring archeaological research on Bronze Age settlements from Fengate to Musk Farm before the influx of sea from the Wash and sedimentation. Progresses to present day speculation. (July 08, 2019)
Gov.UK Countryside Stewardship: The Fens
Resources describing the history and geography of the area, mainly below 10 m above the level, which prior to pumped drainage and controlled sluices, was marshland. Includes priorities, advice and maps. (March 17, 2015)
Lost Skills of Fenland Folk
Story of the last of the fen tigers, an endangered folk of the eastern fenlands, river people who earned an often precarious living in wetlands. (September 20, 2013)
Must Farm
Discovery commecrcial transport in the River Nene in 2011, and archeological excavation of a Bronze Age settlement from 2015 to 2016. Includes dig diaries, FAQ, future plans.
Wikipedia: Cambridgeshire Lodes
Article contributed by the public, describing the series of man-made waterways, originated in the Roman era, draining into the River Cam, leading via the River Great Ouse, to the Wash. Includes history, plan with current pumping stations, locks and sluices, references and related links.
Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board: Map of District
Interactive display of the low lying fens south and west of Boston, showing the system for pumping rainwater into the River Witham , and the sluiced Haven, for realease at low tide in the Wash.
GLNP: South Lincolnshire Fenlands Partnership
Introduction to restoration aims, to re-create up to 800 hectares of lost wild fenlands between Bourne and Market Deeping. Includes Wildlife Trust reserves, objectives regarding agriculture, reedbeds, swampland, wet woodlands and wildlife.
Great Fen
Project started in 2001 to restore and manage a 2140 acre wetland area between Peterborough and Huntingdon, for the benefit of wildlife and amenity. Includes bird migration, sightings, invertebrate, mammals and plants galleries, educational resources, visitor information, events, news blog, and contacts.
Flag Fen
Bronze Age archaeological site featuring ancient kilometre long wooden causeway, preserved in the wetland, and monument used by Prehistoric fen people for worship and ritual. Includes visitor information.
Prickwillow Museum
Collection of estored diesel engines used for the drainage of the Fens, history of the area, the people involved, camparison with wind and steam, information for visitors, blog , links to videos and contacts.
Nene Valley Archaeological Trust
Professional archaeologists and local amateur groups combine to discover, document and communicate the area's history. Includes records of digs since 1957, publications on Roman pottery, prehistoric and medieval artefacts, and news blog.
Devil’s Dyke
Blog about the Anglo-Saxon earthwork running between the villages of Reach and Woodditton. Includes native flora and fauna, photo galleries, bird sound recordings, map, visitor information and related links.
Wicken Fen
Details on this nature reserve of the ancient fenland landscape, owned by the National Trust. Features reed-bed, wet woodland and open water, on peat soil kept wet by rainfall and chalky river water straddling Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Fens for the Future
Partnership aiming to extend existing waterways and wetland to establish a sustainable ecosystem and water storage network across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
BBC Radio 4: The Fens: Discovering England's Ancient Depths
Radio series of five 15-minute programmes narrated by Dr Francis Pryor, featuring archeaological research on Bronze Age settlements from Fengate to Musk Farm before the influx of sea from the Wash and sedimentation. Progresses to present day speculation. (July 08, 2019)
Gov.UK Countryside Stewardship: The Fens
Resources describing the history and geography of the area, mainly below 10 m above the level, which prior to pumped drainage and controlled sluices, was marshland. Includes priorities, advice and maps. (March 17, 2015)
Lost Skills of Fenland Folk
Story of the last of the fen tigers, an endangered folk of the eastern fenlands, river people who earned an often precarious living in wetlands. (September 20, 2013)
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