Prisoners of the Fens, by Trevor Bevis

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Prisoners of the Fens, by Trevor Bevis
Prisoners of the Fens, by Trevor Bevis, subtitled 'A true story of Scottish and Dutch prisoners of war brought to the Fens to work on the drainage scheme'

Booklet published privately by the author in 2003, 14 pages. A5 size booklet (N5906X2)

From the rear side cover: Anyone travelling in the Fens will never be far away from water systematically confined to a network of drains and ditches. In the Fens, water - the relentless enemy - is controlled by a remarkably efficient drainage system, the finest in the country and, arguably, Europe. Centuries ago water flowed at will and spread over the marsh, forming pools and lakes...

Planned in the 17th century, the great drainage scheme went forward in fits and starts and finally transformed the Fens into a prolific agricultural enterprise. Most of the labourers were Scottish prisoners-of-war defeated at Worcester and Dunbar, then brought to the Fens by Order of Parliament. It was a hostile environment they came to, cold and damp, and work progressed in traumatic circumstances. Disease was rife and several men died from malarial-related affiictions. The Company of Adventurers behind the scheme did what they could for them and provided the prisoners with identical suits of white Kersey wool, but any attempting to escape faced execution by shooting.

The nation is entirely indebted to the prisoners who cut the drains, raised embankments, and made roads among other things, essential to the well-being of agriculturists and horticulturists in the Fens which has been described as the Breadbasket of Britain.


Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover
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