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Seventeenth-Century Draining of the Fens and the Impact on Navigation

MICHAEL CHISHOLM

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264355
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264355.003.0009

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Seventeenth-Century Draining of the Fens and the Impact on Navigation

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This lecture presents the text of the speech about seventeenth-century draining of the fens and its impact on navigation delivered by the author at the 2008 British Academy Special Lecture. It traces the history of the body known as the Conservators of the River Cam as a navigation authority in 1702. The lecture discusses the papers published by the Cam Conservancy that portrayed the drainage works as having been seriously prejudicial to navigation.

Keywords: fens; navigation; River Cam; Cam Conservancy; drainage work; British Academy

Chapter.  11849 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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