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A Dutchman from Tholen in Zeeland narturalised in England in 1626. Worked extensively on the drainage of the Fens and on the River Don.
|1626||River Don||He consentrated the waters of the river into a single channel and washland running into the River Aire.|
|1633||River Don||He 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.|
|1634||Old Bedford River||He 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.|
|1637||Old Bedford River||His task was declared complete by the Commission of Sewers.|
|April 1638||River 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".|
|1649||River Great Ouse||He started drainage works that included the cutting of the New Bedford or Hundred Foot river parallel to the Old Bedford River.|
|1649||Middle Level - Forty Foot River||He cut this river from Ramsey to the Old Bedford River at Weches Dam.|
|1649||Middle Level - Sixteen Foot River||He started cutting this river fromWell Creek to the Forty Foot river to drain the area around Chatteris.|
|1649||River Nene||He completed works on the outfall and improved Morton Leam.|
|1652||River Great Ouse||He completed drainage works that included the cutting of the New Bedford or Hundred Foot river parallel to the Old Bedford River.|