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Little Downham, Cambridgeshire
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Little Downham, Cambridgeshire: OS Grid Reference(552500,283500)
University of Leeds
Ellis, Stanley (b.1926
The speaker talks about the floods that have prompted constant improvements to the Old Bedford River and recalls winters when it was possible to skate on a number of the local waterways. Mepal (just to the southwest of Little Downham) and Welney (to the north) are villages at either end of The New Bedford River or Hundred Foot Drain. Little Downham is separated from the town of Ely by an area of low-lying flat land just to the south known as West Fen. The Washes refers to the fordable land to the north of Little Downham in the estuary between Lincolnshire and Norfolk.