TF2121 : Pipe bridge and screen

taken 6 months ago, near to Pode Hole, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Pipe bridge and screen
Pipe bridge and screen
The infeed to the original pumping station at Pode Hole is still used and is screened for floating debris. The pipe bridge is interesting. I don't think it can be for sewage, as it is so high and there are no obvious sewage pump cubicles nearby. It might be a remnant of the old administration of the pumping systems here.

There are essentially three drainage systems meeting to flow into Vernatt's Drain - Adventurers' Fen, Deeping Fen, both pumped, and The Delph, which drains the land parallel to the Glen out toward Tongue End. The commissioners for Deeping Fen were also responsible for water from Pinchbeck Fen to the north of here. Old descriptions say there was a brick-line tunnel under the Delph to join the Pinchbeck waters to the Deeping waters for a wind-driven pump. None of which actually makes sense if you look at the levels. No trace of this tunnel has ever been found. It is not a completely ridiculous idea: Tunnel Bank in Bourne marks where the waters of Bourne South Fen were conducted by a brick tunnel under the higher River Glen - see TF1418 : Site of Sir Gilbert Heathcote's Tunnel.

I am not sure I ever believed in the tunnel at Pode Hole, but nor do I know what this pipe bridge is for, and it amuses me to conflate (without evidence) the two ideas.
The Fens

The Fens, also known as the Fenland, is a naturally marshy region in eastern England. Most of the fens were drained several centuries ago, resulting in a flat, damp, low-lying agricultural region.
A fen is the local name for an individual area of marshland or former marshland and also designates the type of marsh typical of the area, which has neutral or alkaline water chemistry and relatively large quantities of dissolved minerals, but few other plant nutrients.
Fenland primarily lies around the coast of the Wash; it reaches into four counties: Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and a small area of Suffolk, as well as the historic county of Huntingdonshire. In whole it occupies an area of nearly 1,500 sq miles.
Most of the Fenland lies within a few metres of sea level. As with similar areas in the Netherlands, much of the Fenland originally consisted of fresh- or salt-water wetlands, which have been artificially drained and continue to be protected from floods by drainage banks and pumps.

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Sunday, 18 April, 2021   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 20 April, 2021
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Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Village, Rural settlement  Flat landscapes 
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Pode Hole 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 2134 2199 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:46.9117N 0:12.1441W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 2135 2198
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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