Consists of Transcribed extracts from records of the commissioners of sewers for Hatfield Chase. Thorne, Yorkshire, includes a sketch of the course of the river Ouse, Yorkshire 1732 and a cross section of the river Idle Northamptonshire: 1853Creation dates: 1648-1885; documents relating to Hatfield Chase, Thorne, Yorkshire, tipped into a volume entitled 'Hatfield Chase documents King Charles I'
HATFIELD CHASE, THORNE, YORKSHIRE
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Administrative / Biographical History
Sir Cornelius Vermuyden (1595-?1683) a Dutch drainage engineer extensively employed in England, drained Hatfield Chase in the isle of Axholme (70,000 acres) between 1626 and 1631. He is improbably said to have noticed the possibility of reclaiming Hatfield Chase about 1614. This work was vigorously opposed by local people, who destroyed the dykes and killed some of the Dutch and Flemish workmen. Vermuyden was knighted by Charles I in 1629.
- 1 TRANSCRIPTS
- 2 SUNDRY PAPERS
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See Dictionary of national biography, v. 58, p756ff and Altes, J.K. Sir Cornelius Vermuyden. London, Williams and Norgate 1925