TF1522 : Drain beside the drove

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

Drain beside the drove
Drain beside the drove
This is the drain next to North Drove and Twenty Drove.

It is another candidate for being a remnant of the Earl of Lindsey's 1635 attempt to drain his land - see TF1122 : Older than it looks. That would certainly explain the name of the village of Twenty. But there are problems with that otherwise appealing idea, as this dyke stops here and turns 90 degrees to the east. And if you carefully walk the drove it is clear that the natural direction for it to drain is to the south, not the north.
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)
Submitted
Tuesday, 6 July, 2021
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Flat landscapes 
Season (from Tags)
Summer 
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Twenty 
Primary Subject of Photo
Drain 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 151 222 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.1435N 0:17.6154W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 151 223
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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