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Claiming the Fens – Neil Wright Talk
August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm£5
For centuries the fens north and west of Boston were vast areas of common land, over which commoners from many villages on the fen edges enjoyed common rights. Even though parts of the fens were often flooded for months at a time, they still provided great benefits to the commoners. Yet their great potential for growing crops could not be realised while the area was still open and unenclosed. Between the 1764 and 1812 drainage improvements and the enclosure of the land transformed the area and it became what it is today, one of the best areas of arable farming in the kingdom. Enclosure of common land was controversial at the time, and historians today still argue as to whether it was a good or bad thing. Come and hear both sides of the argument.
Feel welcome to explore Boston Guildhall Museum before or after the talk should you wish. Our normal opening hours are 10:30am – 3:30pm, last admission to the museum 3pm, free entry.
Tickets £5 per person payable on admission and include a complimentary tea or coffee on arrival. Seats should be taken from 12:30pm in readiness for the talk at 1pm.