1 : 31680 .This plan is dominated by fenland crossed by,drains, which are,indicated by single blue lines., The drainage system was installed in the 17th century,by Dutch engineer, Cornelius Vermuyden., The first years of the scheme were dogged,by riots and civil disobedience, much of the population viewing the scheme,as an encroachment upon the commonland,where they,grazed cattle. .The Crown and Woolpack, at the top left, is one of many inns along the toll road to Peterborough, which,forms the western boundary of this map., Outside the county town of Huntingdon is Hitchinbrooke House, dating back to AD600. Hyett, William
1 : 31680 This drawing covers the fens of Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire with the county borders indicated by a red dotted line. Characteristic fenland features such as dykes, canals and ancient cattle droves are clearly depicted on 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, T.