Medieval network of canals is found.

Written on Saturday 18th October 2008

Medieval canals, built by monasteries and used by punting monks, have been discovered in the Boston area. Around 90 km (or close to 60 miles) of waterways have been spotted in aerial photographs of Lincolnshire's Fens. The canals, which are between six and 12 metres in width, are silted up and as such, invisible FROM the ground. They were discovered almost by accident, when Boston's Witham Fourth Drainage Board studied aerial photographs during an environmental impact assessment.

Assistant engineering manager Martin Redding, a member of the Witham Valley Archaeology Research Committee, described the discovery as a 'mammoth engineering project'. He told The Standard that some of the canals traverse the River Witham, meaning users would have had to have sophisticated engineering structures in place - such as locks - to compensate for the tidal changes in water level. Mr Redding spoke to the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers annual conference in London about the discovery on Friday. The conference was told that the canals link a number of monasteries and monastic farms belonging to different religious orders. They were probably built by religious orders after 9th century raids by Vikings, who destroyed many monastic sites. The canals were likely to have been used first to transport locally -quarried stone to rebuild the ruined sites, and then subsequently, for trade, guests heard.


Comments

This post has 0 comments.

Comment on this post

Fields marked with an asterisk * are required.

Previous Posts...

The History of Boston

Our Price: £17.99

A Town Remembers (Volume 3, Part 1)

Our Price: £15.00

They Spread Their Wings: Six courageous airmen in combat.

Our Price: £14.99

Echoes of Time: The Guernsey Novels - Book 5

Our Price: £7.99

German Tunnels, in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark

Our Price: £15.50

Lincolnshire Murder & Crime

Our Price: £9.99

Bomber Command. The Victoria Cross Raids

Our Price: £14.95

The Betrayal: The Guernsey Novels - Book 6

Our Price: £7.99

Tennyson Poems in Lincolnshire Dialect - CD

Our Price: £4.95

Lincolnshire Natives and Others

Our Price: £8.50

Excellent present - a diary with a voucher included

Our Price: £10.00

Lincolnshire Railways (Squires)

Our Price: £7.99

Swineshead at War

Our Price: £7.99

Birds of the Bailiwick

Our Price: £0.00

Lincolnshire A Dog Walker's Guide.

Our Price: £7.95

All Things Lincolnshire

Our Price: £25.00

Lincolnshire's Farm Animals. A Brief History

Our Price: £8.95

A Century of Golf at Woodhall Spa

Our Price: £7.50

Monk's Road: Lincoln's East End through time.

Our Price: £5.95

Finding Mother: The Guernsey Novels - Book 2

Our Price: £7.99

Victor Hugo’s St Peter Port

Our Price: £12.99

Aircraft made in Lincoln

Our Price: £4.95

Genius Friend: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

Our Price: £19.99

A Short History of Guernsey

Our Price: £9.99

The History & Archaeology of Jethou

Our Price: £20.00

Channel Island Occupation Review No. 40

Our Price: £9.75

The German Occupation of the Channel Islands

Our Price: £12.99

Eastern Hospitals and English Nurses

Our Price: £12.99

The Lincolnshire Seaside

Our Price: £0.00

British Motorcycle Racing Circuits

Our Price: £15.00

Guernsey Green

Our Price: £3.75

Frithville to Fricourt – and Back

Our Price: £8.50

Images of Lincolnshire Farming by Alan Stennett

Our Price: £14.95

Crimson Skies

Our Price: £5.25

Nobbut a Yellerbelly

Our Price: £6.99

Beautiful Guernsey

Our Price: £2.00

The Family Divided: The Guernsey Novels - Book 4

Our Price: £7.99

Sir Joseph Banks - Rooted in Lincolnshire

Our Price: £15.00

Lincolnshire Bells and Bellfounders

Our Price: £50.00

Let’s Go to the Pictures

Our Price: £5.00

Guernsey Retreat: The Guernsey Novels - Book 3

Our Price: £7.99

For Better For Worse

Our Price: £8.95

Lincolnshire Railways (Stennett)

Our Price: £16.99

Heroes of Bomber Command Lincolnshire

Our Price: £11.99

Perry's Official Guide to Guernsey

Our Price: £7.95

A selection of views in the county of Lincoln

Our Price: £30.00

Dangerous Waters: The Guernsey Novels - Book 1

Our Price: £7.99

The Scandal of Nathaniel Thorold

Our Price: £9.50

The Channel Islands

Our Price: £9.99

The Little Book of Lincolnshire by Lucy Wood

Our Price: £9.99

A Lincolnshire Journey

Our Price: £9.99

Lincolnshire Villains: Rogues, Rascals and Reprobates

Our Price: £9.99

Grimsby - Making The Town

Our Price: £15.99

Memories of Bargate in Boston

Our Price: £10.00

The Silent War

Our Price: £8.99

Guernsey As It Used To Be: A tour of the town in Victorian Times

Our Price: £14.99

Born into Poverty

Our Price: £10.00

Lincolnshire: A century on Film. Reel One ? A New Century

Our Price: £14.95

Female Occupations: Women’s Employment 1850 - 1950

Our Price: £12.99

The Military Airfields of Britain, East Midlands

Our Price: £16.99

Ruskington: As I Remember It

Our Price: £6.99

Belton House – National Trust Guide

Our Price: £6.99

Festung Alderney; The German Defences of Alderney

Our Price: £17.50

Lincolnshirics

Our Price: £3.45

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Our Price: £7.99

Bonneville – Go or Bust

Our Price: £15.99

Sylvia Pankhurst - Everything is possible. DVD

Our Price: £20.00

Pubs in Lincoln: A History - The City’s Inns, Public Houses, Beerhouses, Breweries and Maltings

Our Price: £7.50

'Spirituall Concupiscence': John Cotton's English Years, 1584-1633

Our Price: £35.00

The Lincolnshire Wolds

Our Price: £17.50

Boston, Lincolnshire. Historic North Sea port and market town

Our Price: £14.99

Katherine Swynford

Our Price: £4.95

Channel Island Occupation Review No. 22

Our Price: £4.50