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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History
David HeyDavid Hey

Fen is an Old English word to describe the low‐lying, waterlogged areas of eastern England, particularly those draining into the Wash or the Humber. From the early Middle Ages onwards, if not before, man attempted to drain the fens, culminating in the great engineering schemes of the 17th and 19th centuries. Hardly any fenland has not been reclaimed. ... ...

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