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The Draining of the Somerset Levels

By: Michael Williams
288 pages, b/w photos, b/w maps
The Draining of the Somerset Levels
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  • The Draining of the Somerset Levels ISBN: 9780521106856 Paperback Apr 2009 Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
Price: £32.99
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About this book

This is a detailed study of how the Somerset Levels, originally a large tract of marsh, were drained and reclaimed to become one of the most agriculturally productive areas of south-west England. The story of the draining of this region brings to light significant comparisons and contrasts with other reclaimed lowlands and extends our knowledge of one of the processes by which the British landscape has changed. This is an important book, which brings together information on an area that has until now received very little attention; it also shows just how early massive reclamation began.


1. Draining: the general setting
2. Draining: the setting of the Somerset Levels
3. Medieval reclamation
4. Draining activity 1400-1770
5. Expectation and disappointment
6. The consequences of draining
7. The lost years
8. The new spirit

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By: Michael Williams
288 pages, b/w photos, b/w maps
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