TF2122 : Fourth District Main Drain

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

Fourth District Main Drain
Fourth District Main Drain
A smaller version of the adjacent Delph/counterdrain/Vernatt's system, this drain also comes under the A151 road at Pode Hole, having drained Pinchbeck fen between here and the river Glen, at a rather lower level. Thus it has to be pumped up into Vernatt's drain from the pumping station here.
Fourth District Pumping station, near Pode Hole

Designed to lift water from the Fourth District Main Drain and the Blue Gowt into Vernatt's drain. Built in 1952, as attested above the door, and fitted with two electric pumps.

There is a plaque inside which says "This pumping station was opened by Capt. P.H.E Welby-Everard DSC RN 2nd January 1953". This is Philip Herbert Earle Welby-Everard, whose service life is listed at LinkExternal link . But that is not why he opened the pump station. His father, E.E.E.Welby-Everard was chairman of the Internal Drainage Board and of the Welland Catchment Board as well. The father died in 1945 and the pumps herein were named in his memory, and of course it was natural to ask his son to dedicate them.

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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Date Taken
Sunday, 18 April, 2021   (more nearby)
Monday, 26 April, 2021
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Flat landscapes 
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Pode Hole 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 2148 2223 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.0392N 0:12.0143W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 2150 2224
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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