TF1122 : Older than it looks

taken 4 months ago, near to Dyke, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Older than it looks
Older than it looks
This is just a fen drain, between two fields. Insignificant. Except maybe it isn't. It is part of a longer alignment across Dyke and Morton fens, which appear to run with the alignment of the Earl of Lindsey's 1635 attempt to drain his land out to the Black Sluice at Boston. Those were two parallel 20 foot drains. The archivist at the Internal Drainage Board thinks this might actually be one of those two. We will probably never know.

The scheme failed when the local population burned down the sluice, which is why it is to this day known as the 'black sluice'. It was finally rebuilt, at the head of the South Forty Foot (a few miles to the east from here, on a broadly similar heading), after around 2 centuries.

Oh, and if you do follow the alignment the southern extension wanders off toward Bourne, at the edge of the town. Not far from where the Roman Car Dyke crossed the Roman Canal to Morton. So maybe, just maybe it is even older than the 16th century.
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, 4 July, 2021   (more nearby)
Sunday, 4 July, 2021
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
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Landscape  Drainage 
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Dyke Drove  Dyke 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 115 222 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.1568N 0:20.8446W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 115 221
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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