Category Windmills

Lines addressed to the Commissioners of Burnt Fen

In 1861, at the age of 66, William had completed thirty years’ service with Burnt Fen Commissioners and such an auspicious occasion called – of course – for some poetry. To celebrate the ‘poem’ a small booklet was published and was then ‘reprinted by desire of the commissioners’. There are two images here of cover […]

Talking History that happened 20th to 26th July in years gone by

20 July 1956 saw an age old question at number one in the UK popular music charts. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers were asking the question ‘Why do fools fall in love?’ Frankie – then aged 12 – had written the song with a friend 12 months earlier. They were two of a group who […]

William Harrison – Steam versus Wind

In 1831 William Harrison had been appointed Superintendent of Burnt Fen. At the time the Commissioners were in the process of introducing the first steam engines for fen drainage. There were objection to this change from various quarters but progress could not be ignored. The winter of 1841-2 was wet – very wet – and […]