1 : 31680 This drawing covers part of the Cambridgeshire fenland, an area characterised by straight, water-filled dykes dividing arable land. The New Bedford River is shown running down the middle of the sheet, almost parallel to the original Old Bedford River, taking the waters of the Great Ouse to Denver Sluice, at top right of the plan. In the 17th century, the Dutch engineer, Cornelius Vermuyden was appointed by James I to direct the drainage of the wetlands. As a result of Vermuyden's work, the fens took on a very different appearance, changing from an area of flooded marshes to one of extensively farmed agricultural land. Yeakell, Thomas Jr.Draughtsman
1 : 31680 This drawing covers the Bedford Level and part of the East Anglian fens, with the town of Wisbech shown at top left. Drains across fens and marshland are highlighted in blue. These date from the 17th century, when James I appointed the Dutch engineer, Cornelius Vermuyden to direct drainage of the wetlands. Many local people opposed the scheme because the land involved was commonland on which they grazed cattle. As a result of Vermuyden's work, the fens became a very different landscape, transformed from one of flooded marshes to extensively farmed agricultural land. Yeakell, Thomas Jr.
1 : 31680 .This plan is dominated by arable land divided by straight, water-filled dykes., This was a new landscape in the English fenlands., It was only in the preceding century that the Dutch engineer Vermuyden had designed the elaborate system of drains and river diversions that made possible the conversion of pasture to arable land in this region., On the top left of the manuscript, a crossed-out inscription in red ink, 'Ex AWR', reveals that the drawing was examined by Royal Military Surveyor and,Draughtsman,Alexander W Robe.