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The Story of the Fens
The Story of the Fens

The Story of the Fens


256 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $46.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781860776977

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Jun 2019)
Phillimore & Co Ltd


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Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as Peterborough City Council, all lay claim to a part of the Fens. Since Roman times, man has increased the land mass in this area by one third of the size. It is the largest plain in the British Isles, covering an area of nearly three-quarters of a million acres and is unique to the UK. The fen people know the area as marsh (land reclaimed from the sea) and fen (land drained from flooding rivers running from the uplands). The Fens are unique in having more miles of navigable waterways than anywhere else in the UK. Mammoth drainage schemes in the seventeenth and eighteenth changed the landscape forever – leading slowly but surely to the area so loved today. Insightful, entertaining and full of rich incident, here is the fascinating story of the Fens.

Author Biography

FRANK MEERES was employed at Norfolk Record Office all his working life, and spent time as an Archive Education and Outreach Officer as well as periods as an archivist for Norwich Cathedral archives and Great Yarmouth Borough. Frank has given a very wide range of classes, talks and workshops on all aspects of local history to all ages, from school groups to U3A, and has led classes for the University of East Anglia and the Workers' Educational Association. He is a prolific author on local subjects, including five books for Phillimore & Co. He lives in Norfolk.