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Sir Cornelius Vermuyden 1590 - Early 1677

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Sir Cornelius Vermuyden 1590 - Early 1677

A Dutchman from Tholen in Zeeland narturalised in England in 1626. Worked extensively on the drainage of the Fens and on the River Don.

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1626River DonHe consentrated the waters of the river into a single channel and washland running into the River Aire.
1633River DonHe started work on the Dutch River which, by providing a direct route to the Ouse, was to reduce the waters of the Don that were flowing into the Aire and thus prevent flooding.
1634Old Bedford RiverHe was employed by a company lead by Francis, Earl of Bedford to drain a large area of land now known as the Bedford Level. The work included the Bedford River and nine other major drains.
1637Old Bedford RiverHis task was declared complete by the Commission of Sewers.
April 1638River Derwent (Derbyshire)Charles I wrote to Derby corporation asking for him to be accomodated as "with his partners, has undertaken a work very acceptable to the King about the lead works at Wirksworth, and to make the river of Derwent to be navigable till it fall into the Trent".
1649River Great OuseHe started drainage works that included the cutting of the New Bedford or Hundred Foot river parallel to the Old Bedford River.
1649Middle Level - Forty Foot RiverHe cut this river from Ramsey to the Old Bedford River at Weches Dam.
1649Middle Level - Sixteen Foot RiverHe started cutting this river fromWell Creek to the Forty Foot river to drain the area around Chatteris.
1649River NeneHe completed works on the outfall and improved Morton Leam.
1652River Great OuseHe completed drainage works that included the cutting of the New Bedford or Hundred Foot river parallel to the Old Bedford River.

 

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