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Titre du Document
The design for the initial drainage of the Great Level of the Fens: an historical whodunit in three parts
Le drainage de la région du Great Level of the Fens en Angleterre : un polar historique en trois partie
Auteur(s)
KNITTL Margaret Albright
Résumé
This article challenges the received view that it was the Dutchman, Sir Cornelius Vermuyden, who designed and oversaw the draining work done in the Great Level of the fens when Francis, fourth Earl of the Bedford became its Undertaker in January 1631. It first shows that Vermuyden did not become Director of Works under the Earl of a partner in the undertaking before arguing that the design employed was not the one offered by Vermuyden the previous year. The final part demonstrates that the work done while the Earl of Bedford was undertaker responded to the long held aspirations of local landowners, the group from which Commissioners of Sewers were drawn. Finally it suggests what the grounds may have been for depriving the Bedford group of the reward for which they had invested so heavily.
Editeur
British Agricultural History Society
Identifiant
ISSN : 0002-1490
Source
Agricultural history review A. 2007, vol. 55, 1, pp. 23-50 [28 pages]
Langue
Anglais
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