- The Fenland
- British Topographical Series
- by A.K.Parker & D.Pye
- This book gives a comprehensive account of the entire Fenland, the large area of reclaimed marsh lying between Cambridge and Lincoln, which today comprises some of the richest farmland in Britain. The complete history of the area is related, together with the development of the landscape, the architecture of the abbeys, parish churches, country houses, villages and towns, agriculture, natural history and industrial archaeology. Throughout, the history of the region is related to the remains still to be seen in the present day.
- The draining of land, embanking of rivers and cutting of channels was begun by the Romans. In medieval times the wealth of the wool trade was reflected in the splendour of the abbeys and churches. Through trade and commerce the ports of Boston, Spalding, Wisbech and King's Lynn developed to become some of the finest Georgian towns in England.
- Away from these towns, the highly intensive agricuture on the rich farm soils contrasts with the wildness of the many nature reserves, especially rich in bird and plant life, and the remoteness of the past is still apparent here to a certain extent. The Fenland remains a region with its own individual character, the appreciation of which is heightened by this study.
- 240 pages, 1976, Case bound, 5¾" x 8¾", 430g
- ISBN-10 0-7153-7296-3
- Pre-Owned, excellent — £12.00
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