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MEMORIALS AND PETITIONS PRESENTED TO THE BEDFORD LEVEL CORPORATION


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Reference S/B/SP
Covering dates 1652 - 1878
Held by Cambridgeshire County Record Office, Cambridge
Extent 7 series
Creators Bedford Level Corporation

Contents:
[Petitions, etc]



Bundle No.1.  [no ref.]  1652, 1662-1679

Inhabitants of Manea  S/B/SP/1  20th April 1652

Contents:
For bridges over the rivers made by the Board

Stretham and Thetford inhabitants  S/B/SP/2  1st October 1663

Contents:
For the scouring of Sandies Cut from Barway Lode to Rosell in Ely and on to Littleport, because their land has been flooded for nine months

Stoke, Wretton, Wereham, West Dereham, Roxham, Norfolk, inhabitants  S/B/SP/3  29th September 1663

Contents:
For the embanking of the Stoke river and enlarging of the 12 foot drain

Sunman, Nicholas, of Witchford  S/B/SP/4  30th September 1663

Contents:
His family have had fishing rights since 1587 granted by the Manor of Witchford in Grunty Fen and the Board as drainer contest his rights: allowed fishing rights in the new drain

Manea inhabitants  S/B/SP/5  1st October 1663

Contents:
For proper maintenance of drove - way and free passage over the rivers to Ely, for market and for attendance at court

Goodday, Richard, and Thomas Sterne  S/B/SP/6  1st October 1663

Contents:
For remission of fine for absence at first call

Chatteris, Mepal, Sutton and Manea land owners and occupiers  S/B/SP/7  1663

Contents:
Mr Blatt of Somersham laid a tunnel out of Crane Brook in Coppins Corner into the outring ditch which caused much flooding and was stopped up. He has now asked leave to reopen it, but the petitioners ask that he be refused.

Jarvis, Peter, of Wicken  S/B/SP/8  undated 1664?

Contents:
For £20 compensation for damage by cutting to 2 acres of his land on both sides of the Granta into ditches and banks.

Soham and Fordham inhabitants  S/B/SP/9  undated 1664?

Contents:
Much damage to their lands caused by Clipswell river being overgrown: have scoured their part and ask Board to do theirs which is nearer the outfall.

Greene, Elizabeth (widow)  S/B/SP/10  undated 1664?

Contents:
Is owner of a small house on the bank of the Ouse in Hilgay, built by her father, Christopher Emerson, which she let to Widow Pratt for her life time, but Widow Pratt married one Pye and they have sold the house to William Harvey: asks leave to pull it down

Haddenham, Wilburton and Sutton, land owners and occupiers  S/B/SP/11  undated 1664?

Contents:
For the banks of the Hundred Foot river and the Ouse to be repaired and Mr Walker to be compelled to scour out the leam called Stretham Lazure and to put a Sasshead (sluice) at the end of the Leam, where it meets the Ouse.

Wicken land owners and occupiers  S/B/SP/12  undated 1663?

Contents:
Have spent £30 on clearing Wicken Lode with advice and help of John Prigg - for refund of amount

Sutton land owners and occupiers  S/B/SP/13  undated 1663?

Contents:
For the rebuilding of the bridge ov the Hundred Foot river at Sutton Gault which was destroyed by the great flood last December, and which they need to gain access to their land.

Somersham, Colne and Earith land owners  S/B/SP/14  undated 1663?

Contents:
The Crane Brook is apt to overflow and do much damage both to their lands and also the King's highway: 2 years ago they reported this but nothing has been done: Somersham Lode and the Westwater into which it flows are much overgrown, and the Westwater is obstructed by bridges

Johnson, Dr James, of Trinity Hall and the Rev John Leng, President of St Catherine's Hall, of the Cam Conservators  S/B/SP/15  undated 1664?

Contents:
Are responsible for navigation from Queens Mill to Clayhithe Ferry and have done much work on their stretch: the impediments below the Ferry are in the jurisdiction of the Commissioners for Sewers for Bedford Level, who are asked to improve their stretch of the navigation

Sutton inhabitants  S/B/SP/16  1st October [1664?]

Contents:
Thomas Castell Esq, Thomas Castell, gentleman, an Thomas Talbot, gentleman, on behalf of the town of Sutton report that owing to many breaches in the North bank of Bedford river, their stock of corn and hay have been ruined and cattle, horses and sheep destroyed and they are cut off from their lands for want of bridges - ask for the West waters to be scoured and both banks of Bedford river to be lined

Aspland, Thomas, Thomas Thomson, George Howe and Theophilus Turklebye, drainers in the Corporation's service  S/B/SP/17  12th May 1666

Contents:
Money owing to them for work done on the banks is withheld by Mr Fortrey and they are in great straits for want of it, viz £2462. 5. 2.

Aldus, John and others  S/B/SP/18  18th May 1665

Contents:
For a tunnel to be replaced at the end of the drain leading to Crutchmor, in order to drain their land [Littleport?] to be considered at London.

Whelpmore, Littleport tenants (listed)  S/B/SP/19  18th May 1665

Contents:
For planks to be laid leading down to ferry, for when the water is low horse and man sink into the mud: to be given relief.

Godfrey, Lewis, of Salter's Lode  S/B/SP/20  2nd March 1666

Contents:
Asks for 2 years' salary, £60, due him for keeping the sasses and sluices at Salter's Lode: is in debt for want of it: allowed £30.

Whelpmore Fen, Littleport, tenants (listed)  S/B/SP/21  1666

Contents:
List of charges incurred for men hindered in their work by defending their possessions against Sir John Cutts.

Reade, John and Theodore Foster  S/B/SP/22  1666

Contents:
Having lost land in Sutton Meadlands they were granted a rent charge of £2 4s 2d per annum by the Commissioners, and ask for "satisfaction".

Turtleby, Theophilus  S/B/SP/23  1667

Contents:
Board owes him £500 for work done in 1664-1667 and materials: his credit exhausted, asks for relief: list of charge attached. Endorsed "nothing done".

Stanton, Robert, gentleman  S/B/SP/24  27th January 1667/8

Contents:
Employed William Eaton in trust to buy [...] 200 acres in Swaffham for £10 at the Board's last sessions, but Eaton denies the trust: the Board to hear the case before executing the conveyance to Eaton.

Mingay, John, receiver  S/B/SP/25  13th February 1667/8

Contents:
Asks for a discharge of his receipts and arrears.

Whelpmore [Littleport] inhabitants  S/B/SP/26  29th May 1667

Contents:
To dismiss the ferryman, Robert Thompson, for bad behaviour and give salary and maintenance of boats to Dr Denton.

Hassell, Edward, Edward Cattle, Nathaniel Browne, William Baxter and others  S/B/SP/27  undated 1667?

Contents:
For the cart bridge over the drain from Soham Mere to their land called Little Shield in Ely to be replaced: "nothing done".

Letten, William  S/B/SP/28  undated 1667?

Contents:
Has 4 acres of land in Breame Farm in the Isle of Ely the way to which through Cordwell Fen has been enclosed: for access to it. "Care to be taken in this with other businesses of like nature."

Watermen of King's Lynn  S/B/SP/29  undated 1667?

Contents:
Complain that by neglect of the sluices there is not sufficient water for their vessels, especially from Littleport to Ely. Endorsed "not read".

Knowles, Nicholas, of Ely  S/B/SP/30  undated 1667?

Contents:
Has had no salary for 2½ years for looking after Rossell dam and Knowes Sass: if this work is given up he asks for an appointment elsewhere: to be paid £5 and ?given another post.

Fleetwood, Charles and Symon Smyth Esq  S/B/SP/31  1668

Contents:
Have lease of 3,000-4,000 acres at Methwold Severalls and have improved them and made several drains. The Corporation has made a great bank which has stopped up the ditches and made ways over the ditches for the people to convey their stuff and made a sluice, but these "ways" are too soft and the Corporation ceases to keep them in repair and stopped up the ditches, so preventing access to the river. Many of their tenants have given up their farms and they have lost rents. Petitioners have received no redress and in 1665 were forced to repair the sluice and build a house by it for a sluice (bill enclosed for £70. 14. 2.) for which they have received no reimbursement they ask for payment of the bill and compensation for land lost.

Commissioners of Sewers for Wisbech hundred  S/B/SP/32  17th February 1669

Contents:
Elm Leam is blocked, which prevents passage of boats to Wisbech to the damage of trade there and other towns: ask for it to be cleared out.

Wright, Margaret (widow) and her son Thomas  S/B/SP/33  undated 1669?

Contents:
Her late husband, Dr Thomas Wright, was seised of a demesne in Whittlesey which he left her for life and then to his son. The Board's officers have taken, [...] cu and spoiled 5a. 1r. 35p, valued at £100 and no satisfaction has been given: they ask for it.

Godefrey, Lewis  S/B/SP/34  8th April 1669

Contents:
The Board owes him £50 for his salary and for work done by him, and his drainage taxes amount to £13. 7. 0. This should be taken out of the £50 owing to him - notes on the back.

Tucke, Thomas  S/B/SP/35  31st May 1667/2nd December 1669

Contents:
Purchased in Westmoor North the 12th piece from Welling for £10 and £2. 6. 0. paid since for taxes and immediately after that was dispossessed by Col. Sandyes: asks for repayment.

Wright, Edward  S/B/SP/36  2nd December 1669

Contents:
Asks for £46. 6. 8. for work done at Bassomlee Grave he owes money to the executors of Humfrey Rowland which he cannot pay, and is troubled with a lawsuit.

Thompson, Thomas, of Mepal  S/B/SP/37  2nd December 1669


Related information: See also S/B/SP/49

Contents:
On 30th May 1667 he bought 50 acres in Westmoor South from the Corporation and paid £12 for them. Now he has been dispossessed by Col. Sandyes and asks for his money back.

Thomas Jenkinson, John Northon and John Wrangle, on behalf of land owners in Waldersey in Wisbech and Elm  S/B/SP/38  23rd December 1669

Contents:
On 12th December 1669 a flood from the "High Country" caused several breaches in the bank on the [...] South side of Wisbech river and flooded their lands to March. Repairs are the Corporation's business and should be done at once.

Hovell, Hugh, and his tenant, John Symonds  S/B/SP/39  1670?

Contents:
Reddmore Farm is let to Symonds; the Corporation built a house on part of it and put poor people in who died and left children whom Symonds has had to put out at a cost to himself of £20; also they have made a drain which blocks access to the river and has lost the petitiones at least £5: ask for two bridges to be made for their use and the £20 to be repaid.

Young, John, joint administrator with William Turkentine of late George How  S/B/SP/40  6th April 1670

Contents:
How was a "taker" of the Corporation's fen works and died owing £52. 10s and £13. 13s. 6d for beer, malt and corn to Young; they have paid out almost all the £32. 6s. 8d which he left in paying a bond of £5 and in funeral costs: asks for a proportion, with other creditors, of the money due to How from the Corporation. Order endorsed: the debts are to be certified, then an appropriate order will be made

Mingay, John, receiver to the Corporation  S/B/SP/41  28th April 1670

Contents:
the person engaged for him wants his bond back; asks them to accept his own bond instead, or else to appoint someone to take his accounts and then deliver the bond and discharge him.

Justices of the Peace for the Isle of Ely, to the King  S/B/SP/42  9th October 1669/25th May 1670

Contents:
Ask for a weekly market at March as well as at Ely and Wisbech, because of the distance between the towns and the recent increase in trade since the draining of the fens.

Docwra, Thomas, of Soham to "Lord George"  S/B/SP/43  13th June 1670

Contents:
For order to be made allowing him to have water through his Lordship's tunnel near Prickwillow during the summer; also for proceedings to be suspended in case of Mr Bridgeman and Mr Jennings concerning a way through his grounds.

Dymond, Peter, to Richard, Lord George  S/B/SP/44  15th June 1670

Contents:
The bad state of the sluice at Outwell has all but closed the River Nene; he has had new doors made for Pophams Eau sluice and asks for an order for other repairs, which will cost £10.

Inhabitants of Over  S/B/SP/45  17th November 1670

Contents:
For a sluice or tunnel so that their land can be flooded in the winter as before, in order to improve the grass; pointing out that they have gravelled a causeway at their own cost and asking for help with the cost of the sluice.

Inhabitants of Over  S/B/SP/46  8th February 1670/1

Contents:
Following receipt of order of 17th November 1670, ask for two sluices in the Great Bank at their own cost, which they will keep in repair.

Sir Algernon Peyton, Bt, Lord of Manor of Doddington, and trustees of town of March  S/B/SP/47  17th November 1670

Contents:
For a sass (lock) at Bynnymore Hill to make the River Nene navigable again; if the Corporation makes it they will maintain it. With letter from William Bourne (1st November 1670) reporting on the site for the lock and estimating cost at £200.

Stretchley, Thomas, gent  S/B/SP/48  9th February 1670/1

Contents:
Asks for compensation for damage done to 23 of his 100 acres of fen at Whittlesey by the Corporation's servants, who have taken the earth for repairs, and made a river through the rest of his land.

Wilcock, William  S/B/SP/49  6th April 1671


Related information: See S/B/SP/37

Contents:
Purchased 50 acres of land in Westmore, formerly belonging to Col. Sandys, whose land has now been restored to him: asks for his £10 purchase money to be returned. Order for payment to him, Edward Miller and - Thompson

Inhabitants of Over  S/B/SP/50  7th April 1671

Contents:
The Corporation are demanding security from them before allowing them to make a sluice in the Great Bank; promise to take all possible care and ask for leave to make the tunnel, to be opened or closed at the Corporation's discretion.

Russell, Elizabeth, widow  S/B/SP/51  1st June 1671

Contents:
Has 200 acres of fen in March [boundaries] out of which 4 acres have been taken for a drove way and the repair of the ditches bounding it: asks for compensation, as she has paid taxes on it but received no rent.

Inhabitants of Wisbech  S/B/SP/52  13th July 1671

Contents:
Elm Leam is blocked up, to the hindrance of trade, navigation and drainage: ask for leave to clear their part of it and for the Corporation to clear theirs.

Saffree, John, and Thomas Tompson  S/B/SP/53  11th April 1672

Contents:
Contracted to build a dam at the lower end of Downham Eau by Stow bridge for £50, but expended £53. 7s. 3d in completing it in November 1667, and £41. 19s. 2d in repairing it when it broke the following March: have lost £45. 6s. 5d in the work, and ask for the money.

Bell, Francis, Peter Dymond, esquires, on behalf of land owners in the Middle Level  S/B/SP/54  11th April 1672

Contents:
Ask for the repair of the banks of the Tongs Drain and for leave to repair it themselves in emergency; reasons given for wishing this drain to continue and not desiring a new one proposed by the Corporation.

Inhabitants of Bottisham  S/B/SP/55  9th April 1673

Contents:
Thomas Parker, gent, and his ancestors, lords of the town, had always scoured Bottisham Lode; of late he has neglected to do so, and a year ago he cut a new drain across the lode near Anglesey Mill, and put 2 sluices in it, whereby the commons are drowned and navigation hindered: ask for the lode to be scoured and the sluices stopped up. [S/B/SP 96 also dated 9th April 1673]

A case between the Corporation and Mr Parker about Bottisham Lode  S/B/SP/56  23rd June 1673

Contents:
He owns Anglesey Abbey and a corn mill on the lode. Background of case given: can the Corporation remove the new sluices and compel him to scour the lode?

Complaint giving details of Mr Parker's neglect, with a sketch map of the area involved.  S/B/SP/57  15th May 1673

Another case in the same dispute, enquiring what the Commissioners can do.  S/B/SP/58  undated [1673]

Inhabitants of Ely, Stretham, Thetford, Wilburton and Haddenham  S/B/SP/59  24th April 1673

Contents:
The drain called Downham or St John's Eau, which carries the waters of the Ouse, has been stopped up so that their lands are flooded again: ask for it to be reopened.

Cosiar [or Crosiar], William  S/B/SP/60  10th April 1673

Contents:
Asks for payment for looking after 2 sluices at Littleport, and an allowance for doing so in future.

Inhabitants of Glatton and Holme, Hunts  S/B/SP/61  23rd January/12th February 1673/4

Contents:
The Nineteen Foot Drain, which carries water from their fens into Asbeach stream, is silted up: ask for it to be scoured.

Grunty Fen Drain  S/B/SP/62  undated [1674?]

Contents:
Notes about consequences of making a bank for the conveying of loads without any sluices or tunnels, signed by John Cole, John Hopkin, John Atkin.

Inhabitants of Over  S/B/SP/63  8th April 1674

Contents:
The Great Bank has been damaged by great floods, and needs speedy repair; also for compensation to owners whose lands have been cut for repairs to the bank.

Inhabitants of Ely, Stretham, Wilburton and Thetford  S/B/SP/64  8th April 1674

Contents:
For removal of fishing weirs in the Ouse around Ely and a sass at Rosshill, to prevent flooding of their lands.

Peirson, Ralph  S/B/SP/65  9th April 1674

Contents:
Answer to report of Mr Hampson, Mr Jenings and Mr Pemberton accusing him of negligence and extravagance in repairing the south bank of the New Bedford River between Mepal and Denver Dam.

Inhabitants of Haddenham and Sutton  S/B/SP/66  9th April 1674

Contents:
Their lands on the south side of the Great Bank are badly flooded: ask for a 5-foot sluice in the bank above Sutton Gault, and for the drain called Middlemore Lode to be scoured and enlarged, also another drain from Sutton South Fen to the Ouse to be scoured.

Pestell, Lawrence, of Upware  S/B/SP/67  9th April 1674

Contents:
His father was sluice-keeper at Reach, Swaffham and Bottishm, and his salary of £4 a year was not paid for 2 years before his death; Pestell has done the work for 4½ years since then, without payments and asks for arrears to be paid.

Godefrey, Lewis  S/B/SP/68  9th April 1674

Contents:
Is owed £38 for work done in the Level, and cannot pay his fen tax without the money.

Various undertakers of works in the Level  S/B/SP/69  9th April 1674

Contents:
For payment due to them for work done, so that they can clear their own debts.

Inhabitants of Thetford and Stretham, and some in Ely owning land in Cawdle Fen  S/B/SP/70  9th April 1674

Contents:
For repair of banks in Goldsmore Fen, Hall Fen and Cawdle Fen, as even small floods are flooding their land

Simons, Cornelius  S/B/SP/71  9th April 1674

Contents:
Bought 25 acres, part of 35 acres in Great Binimore and Grayes Fen in the 16th lot, and paid 25s 8d for it; as he cannot find the land by measurement he asks for repayment

Inhabitants of Soham, Wicken, Waterbeach, Cottenham, Haddenham, Wilburton, Stretham and Thetford  S/B/SP/72  21st May 1674

Contents:
To have the sluice at Salters Lode and the overfall at Rosshill removed, the sluice at Earith continued and the banks repairs, to prevent flooding of their lands in summer.

Inhabitants of Swavesey  S/B/SP/73  4th June 1674

Contents:
[List of signatures on separate sheet] Order of 26th June 1673 for repair of a sluice in west bank of Ouse hot carried out, so they have lost £300 through summer floods; ask for it to be repaired and for a bank to be built within 2 months, in return for which they will release the Corporation from certain damages.

Drury, William, of Earith, gent  S/B/SP/74  2nd July 1674

Contents:
The Commissioners of Littleport took from him 100a land in Whelpmore at Littleport which he bought 10 or 12 years ago; the Corporation has not paid him 40s per annum for land taken from him in Sutton Meadlands; nor any compensation for 10a between Earith and Mepal taken when the counterbank of the Old Bedford River was made; also Roger Jenyns esq and Anthony Hammond esq dispossessed him 6 months ago of a freehold house at Welney by virtue of a lease from the Corporation: asks for redress.

Bourne, William  S/B/SP/75  10th August 1674

Contents:
Report that the 19 foot drain from Holme to Ashbeach stream needs scouring [reasons given]; work would cost about £60.

Le Pla, Mark  S/B/SP/76  26th November 1674

Contents:
For payment of £153. 1s. 6d for work done on Peak Kirke Bank after great floods in December 1673, which is a year overdue.

Inhabitants of Whittlesey, Stanground, Farcet, Yaxley, Ramsey, Bury, Upwood, Walton, Holme and Stilton  S/B/SP/77a-b  5th November 1674

Contents:
(Several pages of signatures, 2 copies of petition) - By order of the Corporation Anthony Hammond esq has stopped up the 30 Foot drain and intends to stop up the 40 foot: ask for this to be prevented and for the 40 Foot and Bevill's Leam to be opened and scoured.

Memorial from Lord Berkeley  S/B/SP/78  3rd December 1674

Contents:
To have a bank made from the Barres to the Bishops Close, and a drain at the back of the Corporation's dyke to be scoured.

Wren, Charles, esq, Lord of Manor of Feltwell, Norfolk  S/B/SP/79  18th February 1674/5

Contents:
To have a bridge repaired on a droveway over a 14 foot cut, for want of which he and his tenants cannot gain access to part of their 600 acres of fen; also the heir of Sir Thomas Gibbons denies them the use of the droveway

Peters, Joseph  S/B/SP/80  April 1675

Contents:
Owned 97a with a house in ?Ladies Fen, of which 46a were sold to Anthony Hammond esq because Peters owed taxes of £16. 6s. 6½d; to be allowed to keep the house, which Mr Wildebore threatens to take away with an assignment from Hammond.

Tucke, Thomas, of Ely, butcher, and wife Elizabeth  S/B/SP/81  7th April 1675

Contents:
Both aged 72; made over estate to their son, who has failed to maintain them, threatened them and turned them out: ask for his sale of their cottage to Mr Parriott not to be recorded, nor any other of his acts to their prejudice.

Various tradesmen  S/B/SP/82  7th April 1675

Contents:
Have not received payment for goods supplied in 1673, despite promise of payment of £1500 in June 1674, and now being sued by their creditors: ask for payment.

Taylor, William, of Ely, labourer  S/B/SP/83  26th May 1675

Contents:
Corporation owes him £13. 4s. 4d for work done on drove at Dead Myles End in Burnt Fen, and he is being pressed to pay for goods supplied for the work: asks for payment

Inhabitants of Methwold, Norfolk  S/B/SP/84  17th June 1675

Contents:
For the raising of a bank between Northwold and Methwold Commons and scouring of a ditch at the back of it, for want of which a causeway they use has become ruinous and dangerous.

Creditors of William Garret, deceased, workman of the Corporation  S/B/SP/85  5th April 1676

Contents:
The Corporation owes Garret £84 for work done in 1673, and the creditors have agreed with his widow Mary to accept this sum in payment of their debts of £115; William Broughton, a very poor man, has married Mary, is offering them 8s in the £ and is trying to have the £84 paid to him for his own use: ask the Corporation to pay the money to the widow as agreed.

Various Ely tradesmen  S/B/SP/86  6th April 1676

Contents:
Have received 2/5 of what the Corporation owes them: ask for the rest, which is overdue.

Wingfield, Francis, esq  S/B/SP/87  4th May 1676

Contents:
For lease of fishing in a new drain in Burrough Great Fen, claimed by Lord Exeter.

Inhabitants of Ely  S/B/SP/88  8th June 1676

Contents:
For the stopping up of the back river sufficiently to prevent boats using it and make them come through the town as formerly.

Read, Richard, of Whittlesey, esq, and others  S/B/SP/89  9th November 1676

Contents:
For the cleaning out an deepening of the 18 Foot drain on the north side of Whittlesey North Banks, which has not been cleaned for 12 or 13 years.

Inhabitants of Peterborough Soke and tenants in the Severalls in Peterborough Great Fen  S/B/SP/90  21st February 1677/8


Related information: See also S/B/SP/97

Contents:
Four or five years ago Francis Underwood esq stopped up the 12 and 18 foot drains, which drain Peterborough Great Common and the Severals, near Catswater, and also stopped up a passage into the common near a place called Store-nooke, thereby causing flooding and loss of cattle: ask for relief

Cole, Robert, of Littleport, and others  S/B/SP/91  April 1677

Contents:
Cammoll Lode or Wadd Lode, which was scoured by the inhabitants of Littleport 24 years ago, is stopped up: for the inhabitants to be made to scour it again.

Inhabitants of Waterbeach, Stretham and Thetford  S/B/SP/92  5th April 1677

Contents:
For repair of their banks and clearing of outfall, as ordered in May 1674.

Wrathall, Guibon  S/B/SP/93  5th April 1677

Contents:
Was formerly paid 50s a year for keeping a sluice at Downham Eau, and for the last 3 years has looked after a second one: asks for an increase in salary.

Saffery, John  S/B/SP/94  5th April 1677

Contents:
In April 1676 asked for payment for a house and buildings at Salters Lode sluice, which are now in the Corporation's possession and cost him £150, but has received nothing: asks for satisfaction, or for a report to be made on his case.

Tenants in Whelpmore in Littleport  S/B/SP/95  5th April 1677

Contents:
Thomas Brassitt, the ferryman on the Ouse, has refused to work the ferry since Lady Day last: for another ferryman to be appointed.

Tenants of Lord Berkeley in Burrough [Peterborough] Great Fen  S/B/SP/96  9th April 1673

Contents:
In March 1672 a dam was made in the 18 foot drain on the east side of Catswater next to Thorney which holds up the water in Borough Fen: for remedy.

Grand Inquest of Langdike Court, Northants, for the Earle of Exeter - as S/B/SP/90  S/B/SP/97  23rd October/9th November 1677

Read, Richard, of Whittlesey, and others  S/B/SP/98  22nd November 1677

Torn

Contents:
For relief from damage caused by stoppage, dams, and neglect of drains, especially Thorney Dyke or Willowshall Drain, and a sluice made by the Duke of Bedford's agent in a new river cut by him from Thorney to Whittlesey, which stops up Thorney Dyke and takes water from Morton's Leam.

Proposals following an order of 3rd December 1674  S/B/SP/99  13th December 1677

Contents:
Chicheley, Sir Thomas, for a drain into Brandon River to drain Lakenheath; Harbord, Sir Charles, for a drain on the inside of the banks of Hold Fen, Stretham.

Pickering, Edward, of Swavesey  S/B/SP/100  20th DEecember 1677

Contents:
Receipt of £25 paid to him by the Corporation following an order and deed relating to the maintenance of a sluice, and further agreement concerning order to be made in his manorial court.

Inhabitants of Denver, Fordham, Roxham, West Dereham, Dereham and W[il]ton, Norfolk  S/B/SP/101  10th April 1678

Contents:
For the scouring of Roxham Drain and St John's Eau into which it runs.

Inhabitants of Mildenhall, Brandon, Lakenheath, Hockwold, Wilton, Methwold and other towns between Mildenhall and Stoke Rivers  S/B/SP/102  10th April 1678

Contents:
For the repair of the banks of Brandon River and Lakenheath Lode.

Emerson, Christopher, of Ely, waterman  S/B/SP/103  11th April 1678

Contents:
For action against him for rowing his boat over a bank in time of flood to be stopped.

Bond, Thomas  S/B/SP/104  8th July 1678

Contents:
Bound in £20 to the Corporation not to damage any of their works; he has been ?released after breaking open a sasse at Denver Dam.

Inhabitants and farmers of Ramsey  S/B/SP/105  14th November 1678

Contents:
For the scouring of Delph Dyke, Ramsey Mere Mouthes and other drains: they are suffering from floods and boats cannot get to Ramsey market.

Inhabitants of Methwold  S/B/SP/106  ? 1679

Contents:
For the scouring of Methwold Lode and repayment of money they have spent on repairs to its south bank to prevent flooding of Methwold Common.

Walpole, Robert, gent  S/B/SP/107  7th April 1679

Contents:
10 years ago bought 36a marsh in Wood Walton Severalls from Mr Hammond, a member of the Corporation, has paid taxes on it and used the highway in Woodwalton Lane as access to it until Mr Heron locked the gate and blocked the road 3 months ago: asks for a new access to be made.

Inhabitants of Haddenham  S/B/SP/108  9th April 1679

Contents:
For the scouring and bottoming of Haddenham Drain, which has not been cleaned out since it was made 30 years ago.

Inhabitants of Over  S/B/SP/109  9th April 1679


Related information: See S/B/SP/127

Contents:
For a tunnel under the Great Bank near Over Lode to carry water on to their land in dry seasons, a previous tunnel having been made too far away to be useful

Inhabitants of Southery, Norfolk  S/B/SP/110  9th April 1679

Contents:
For the scouring of an ancient sewer called Stoke Lode; the Lord of the Manor used to scour it, but he let the land to a tenant who refuses to do so; also for a small sluice where it joins the Ouse.

Troys, Thomas, and Thomas Morly of Lakenheath, labourers  S/B/SP/111  9th April 1679

Contents:
For remission of punishment for driving their carts over the fen banks; they will engage by bond not to do so again.

Worsley, Thomas  S/B/SP/112  9th April 1679

Contents:
With Mark Turvill was employed in mending the south bank of the New Bedford River from Brangehill to Middlemore with gault, also to stop breaches after a flood in 1673, in which they lost 16 lighters worth £70; they were promised relief in February 1675 but have not yet received it.

Keene, Benjamin  S/B/SP/113  10th April 1679

Contents:
Gave credit to Mark Turvell of Sutton, carpenter, a Corporation workman, for timber and boards, in return for which Turvill assigned him 4/5 of his fifth assigned to him by the Corporation: Keene has received 2/5 and asks for the other 2/5 to be paid.

Birchill, Thomas  S/B/SP/114  22nd May 1679

Contents:
Has not been paid in full or at all for various works done for the Corporation [reasons given]: for satisfaction. (Endorsed on S/B/SP/116, order for a report to be made)

Mingay, Robert, gent, receiver and expenditor  S/B/SP/115  22nd May 1679

Contents:
General to the Corporation - for some reward for his work in paying off in five equal payments a debt of £10,887. 12s. 9d due to "takers" and their creditors from the Corporation. [forms of receipt used attached]. (Endorsed on S/B/SP/116, order for him to be paid £30)

Inhabitants of Stretham and Thetford  S/B/SP/116  22nd May 1679

Contents:
For the stopping of work on a new drain in Holt Fen about 50 feet from the Corporation's bank, which would drawn their lands; work is already suspended. (Endorsed, order for a report to be made; also orders concerning S/B/SP/114 and S/B/SP/115, and for a report concerning a debt due to the late Jeffrey Hawkins).

Inhabitants of Upwell  S/B/SP/117  10th July 1679

Contents:
For a tunnel in a dam made across an old sewer from Shrewesnesse in Upwell to Popham's Eau, to restore their supply of water. (Order for Anthony Hammond esq to act upon the petition as he sees fit, provided it is not to the Corporation's prejudice).

Inhabitants of Sutton and Mepal  S/B/SP/118  ? 1679

Contents:
For a sluice near Welches Dam to be opened in order to let the water from their lands into the Twenty Foot Drain, as they are losing their crops.

Inhabitants of Haddenham  S/B/SP/119  7th April 1680

Contents:
For the scouring of Haddenham Drain.

Owners of land between Brandon and Mildenhall rivers  S/B/SP/120  7th April 1680

Contents:
For repair of banks and drains between the rivers and the removal or draining of a tunnel under Lakenheath Lode which lets water into their lands.

Cossyer, Ann, of Littleport, widow  S/B/SP/121  7th April 1680

Contents:
For payment of £18. 6s. 2d owed to her late husband, the remaining part of a payment for repairing the sluice at Downham Eau.

Wright, Thomas, of Downham, esq  S/B/SP/122  7th April 1680

Contents:
For satisfaction for 6 acres of his land on Brandon river dug up to repair the north bank.

Inhabitants of Ely  S/B/SP/123 A-B  8th April 1680

S/B/SP/123A torn

Contents:
To have the back water stopped up so that boats must use the ancient river through the town, which is becoming blocked up through lack of use; reply of Corporation, to grant petition provided the stopping up does not harm the drainage of the rest of the area.

Inhabitants of March, Doddington, Wimblington and Chatteris  S/B/SP/124  8th April 1680


Related information: See S/B/SP/129

Contents:
Their lands have been badly flooded by water from several streams [named] which is too much for the River Nene to carry off: for some outfalls to carry the water out of the river and the blocking of the tunnel in Somersham Bank.

Smith, John  S/B/SP/125  8th April 1680

Contents:
His father owned 112a land called the Hilke, of which 28a was allotted to the Corporation and now belongs to Robert Hutchinson of Stonea, who refuses to fence and ditch the land and is threatening to sue Smith if his cattle come on to the land and to impound them: for Hutchinson to be compelled to fence the land, otherwise for leave to sue him.

Peirson, Ralph, gent  S/B/SP/126  20th May 1680

Contents:
For the remaining wood from Knowles Sluice and the overfall nearby, now deserted.

Hammond, Anthony  S/B/SP/127  27th May 1680


Related information: See S/B/SP/109

Contents:
Report on site for a tunnel in the Great Bank near Over Lode.

Bundle No. 2.  [no ref.]  1680-99

Contents:
1684 Missing

Walbancke, William, gent, and wife Elizabeth  S/B/SP/128  10th February 1680/1

Contents:
For registration of a lease of land made by Henry Lord Howard to Matthias Taylor of Wisbech (now deceased) for a consideration of £1000, which Richard Marryott, Taylor's executor, is trying to get into his own hands [no indication of their connection with Taylor].

Inhabitants of March, Doddington, Chatteris, Wimblington and Benwick  S/B/SP/129  6th April 1681

Contents:
Since their previous petition S/B/SP/124 Popham's Eau has been scoured, but it is not sufficient to carry off the water: ask for an enquiry for Elm Leam (from the River Nene to Wisbech) to be scoured.

Landowners of Whittlesey  S/B/SP/130  6th April 1681

Contents:
For an enquiry to be held into their complaints of blocked drains and inadequate outfalls in their area [some details given; many signatures attached].

Inhabitants of Welney  S/B/SP/131 A-B  7th April 1681

Contents:
For compensation for 4a 2r 27p of their poor's land out for repairs of the south bank of the Bedford River; attached, note of acreage of land cut.

Mann, John, and Matthew Bateman, owners of land in Taylors Fen, Upwell  S/B/SP/132  7th April 1681

Contents:
They cannot reach their land since Pophams Eau was ditched: ask for a promised bridge to be built.

Sizer, John, of Soham  S/B/SP/133  7th April 1681

Contents:
For a droveway to his 9a land called Two Severall in Soham.

Hopkins, Thomas  S/B/SP/134  7th April 1681

Contents:
47a of his 216a called Hale Fen near Welney have been cut for repair of the banks of the Bedford Rivers: for an abatement of drainage taxes on this land.

Fossett, Thomas, of Mepal, labourer  S/B/SP/135  6th April 1681

Contents:
In 1675 he rented a cottage in Mepal Wash near Mepal Bridge from Anthony Hammond esq, also 10a land adjoining, and other land [details]; the 10a has now been dug up for gault to repair the bank of the Old Bedford River: for a reduction in his rent, as the land is now useless, and reimbursement of overpayments he has made.

Landowners and tenants in Ramsey, Upwood and Bury  S/B/SP/136  6th April 1681

Contents:
They have lost their crops to floods for the last 2 years: for the part of the 40 Foot Drain near the River Nene to be scoured as the rest has been.

Trustees of William Brownslowe and tenants of land belonging to the Duke of York in Farcett, Stanground and Woodston  S/B/SP/137  6th April 1681

Contents:
Their lands have been flooded or waterlogged for the last 3 years because of the silting up of the old Nene, the 30 and 40 Foot drains and Bevill's Leam, and other deficiencies in drainage [details]: for an enquiry to be held and the defects remedied. [Several sheets of signatures attached].

Underwood, Francis and Hugh, esquires, and Mark Le Pla, gent, on behalf of workmen who scoured out Bevills Leam from Whittlesey Dyke to Shaw's Dyke  S/B/SP/138  3rd November 1681

Contents:
They scoured the dyke before receiving an order to do so, as part of a bigger scheme, because circumstances were favourable [details]: ask for payment for the workmen.

Wrathall, Guibon, keeper of sluice at lower end of Downham's Eau  S/B/SP/139  5th April 1682


Related information: See also S/B/SP/190

Contents:
For his yearly salary to be increased to its previous level of 50s, having been reduced to 30s about 5 years ago.

Waterfall, Robert, one of the undertakers of works of the north part of the Middle Level  S/B/SP/140  6th April 1682

Contents:
Contracted to repair a gap in the south bank of Morton's Leam in 1673 for £45, but because of the floods had to take earth from elsewhere at greater cost: for repayment of the extra £25. 16s. 6d which he was forced to spend.

Mays, Margaret, widow  S/B/SP/141  6th April 1682

Contents:
For access to her 4a land (taken out of Breame Farm) which she cannot reach since Sir Leonard Walding cut through the bank. (Note: referred to London)

Owners of land in Burnt Fen and Whelpmore [names given]  S/B/SP/142  6th April 1682

Contents:
For repair of banks droves and Burnt Fen bridge.

Batwain, Matthew  S/B/SP/143  6th April 1682

Contents:
For a bridge to enable him to reach his 150a land in Upwell Severals, which he cannot reach since the scouring of a drain in Poppensey.

Inhabitants of Downham [names given]  S/B/SP/144  6th April 1682

Contents:
For a large tunnel through the Hundred Foot bank to convey water on to their lands in summer, to which they will contribute £40, or for leave to make a small tunnel at their own expense.

Landowners and farmers in Ramsey, Farcet, Yaxley and Whittlesey  S/B/SP/145  6th April/18th May 1682

Contents:
For the scouring and enlarging of drains to the outfalls, as the meres round which their lands lie cannot empty quickly enough, since the stopping of Bevill's Leam and the 40 Foot Drain.

Tenants of the late George Keale esq  S/B/SP/146  11th May 1682

Contents:
For the dam on Bevill's Leam to be opened and better outfalls made to carry off water from their lands.

Inhabitants of Methwold and Northwold  S/B/SP/147  13th February 1681/2/18th May 1682

Contents:
For the scouring of the lode between Methwold and Northwold commons, leading from Methwold gravel pits to Stoke River.

Inhabitants of Colne and Earith  S/B/SP/148  1st June 1682

Contents:
The Corporation have flooded 500a of their lands by altering the course of the water which used to flow from Cranebrook out of Somersham Lode to the Westwater [details]: for relief.

Inhabitants of Sutton  S/B/SP/149  1st June 1682

Contents:
For the stopping up of a tunnel under the 100 Foot bank near Sutton Gault, which is useless and dangerous in time of flood.

Committee for the view of the South Level  S/B/SP/150  6th July 1682

Contents:
Report on Soham Level from Ely High Bridge; east bank of Ouse to Prickwillow bridge; south bank of Mildenhall River to Isleham, thence to the Hards of Norfolk, including Brandon River and Stoke River, etc.

Inhabitants of Hockwold, Wilton, Feltwell, Methwold, Northwold, Stoke, Wretton, Wyreham, West Dereham, Roxham, Southery, Hilgay, Fordham, Denver, Downham, Wimbotsham and Stow Bardolph  S/B/SP/151  16th September 1682

Contents:
The waters of the Ouse are to be turned into St John's Eau because of defective sluices at Denver dam; this is their only drain and they do not wish to lose it.

Inhabitants of Methwold  S/B/SP/152  24th November 1683/31st January 1683/4

Contents:
For the clearing of Feltwell Lode, so that they can bring fodder home from their lands by boat

Bateman, Matthew, and John Man of Upwell  S/B/SP/153  5th April 1683

Contents:
For a bridge over Popham's Eau so that they can reach their 300a land called Taylors Fen. (Note: referred to London).

Smyth, George, MD  S/B/SP/154  5th April 1683

Contents:
His father-in-law, David Offeley, left 950a in Mildenhall Fen and 390a in Warboys Fen to George's son Offeley, charging the land with an annuity of £7 to be paid to the Corporation; the recent floods have made the land unprofitable, most of it is to be sold to pay tax arrears of £159, and the rest will not be worth keeping if the annuity continues: for the annuity to be discharged.

List of Governors, Bailiffs and Conservators for 1685, and of various officers.  S/B/SP/155  undated

Inhabitants of Burwell  S/B/SP/156  1685

Contents:
For the scouring of Burwell Lode.

Inhabitants of Soham  S/B/SP/157  1685

Contents:
For the scouring of the 16 Foot Drain in Soham Great Fen, which will cost £120.

Inhabitants of Sutton  S/B/SP/158  1685

Contents:
For the scouring of Haddenham Drain in Sutton South Fen.

Guybon, Sir Francis  S/B/SP/159  8th April 1685

Contents:
For a tunnel two feet high and 3 feet wide between his two farmhouses on the east bank of the "great river" to help drainage, also allowance for his lands cut away since July 1681.

Inhabitants of Southery  S/B/SP/160  8th April 1685

Contents:
For a navigable sluice at the old outfall of the Ferry Lode near Southery Ferry, through the east bank of the Ouse. (Referred for consideration)

Inhabitants of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/161  8th April 1685

Contents:
They lost last year's crop, worth £100, because of the bad repair of the banks on both sides of Stallard (Drain?) near Brandon Great River: for help so that they do not lose this year's crop too. (Referred for consideration)

Notes about work done at Brandon River and land cut  S/B/SP/162  5th December 1684/9th April 1685

Contents:
Thomas Wright Esq should have 40s per acre for damage done to his freehold land belonging to the Brewhouse during the repairs.

Inhabitants of Swaffham Prior  S/B/SP/163  9th April 1685

Contents:
For the cleansing of the drain called the Head-lake.

Peyton, Sir Sewster, Bt  S/B/SP/164  10th April 1684

Contents:
Owns Coldham Mill at Elm, which has been made useless by the Corporation's bank; they have had 200a of his land: for leave to run water from his lands from the mill down the 12 Foot Drain into the River Nene, and for a lease of the drain which he will scour and embank at his own cost.

Landowners in Upwell, Welney, Manea, Doddington and other places between the north side of Bedford River and the 16 Foot Drain  S/B/SP/165  7th April 1686

Contents:
For the sluice in the 20 Foot Drain near Welches Dam to be shut and the cuts in the banks beside it mended so that their lands are not flooded.

May, William  S/B/SP/166  7th April 1686

Contents:
Asks for a pension for himself and his sick wife: is too old to work for the Corporation any longer. (Read and ordered)

Brown, Nathaniel, of Ely  S/B/SP/167  8th April 1686


Related information: See also S/B/SP/183

Contents:
Is married to Sarah, widow of Robert Godfrey, sluice-keeper at Denver Dam, by which marriage he obtained a house near the dam which is let to the Corporate (details) for £3 a year, two year's rent now being due to him; 6 months' salary for 1680 and 1681 was due to Robert Godfrey and some payment to Sarah for hiring a man to look after the sluices for 6 months after Robert's death: asks for payment. (Read and referred to London).

Inhabitants of Swaffham Bulbeck  S/B/SP/168  7th April 1686

Contents:
For the "bottom-folding" of Swaffham New Lode, which is silted up.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/169  April 1686

Contents:
For the removal of a brick tunnel 3 or 4 feet wide across the River Welland which is preventing drainage and navigation, to be replaced by a pair of sluices as before.

Inhabitants of Downham  S/B/SP/170  7th April 1686

Contents:
For repair of bridge over Grunty Fen Drain leading to Westmoor.

Inhabitants of March  S/B/SP/171  7th April 1686

Contents:
The River Nene is overgrown, and kept full of water by the engine drainage of several fens near March to the damage of their lands: for the river to be made deeper and Pophams Eau to be scoured, and for leave to run off their waters at Tongs Sluice when it is open. (Referred to the Committee for works)

Owners and occupiers of land at Willow Hall and Pryor's Fen in Whittlesey  S/B/SP/172  7th April 1686

Contents:
For the dyking, scouring and cleansing of Thorney Dyke.

Inhabitants of Wicken  S/B/SP/173  7th April 1686

Contents:
Wicken Lode is so grown up that it cannot be navigated and dries up completely in summer; the Adventurers scoured the part beside their land within the last 30 years: for the scouring of the lode to prevent flooding in Fordham, Soham, Wicken and Burwell.

Fowler, William, of Witcham  S/B/SP/174  7th April 1686

Contents:
20 years ago the inhabitants of Witcham made a sluice in a bank near Witcham Bridge in Byall Fen to obtain water, and 10 of them, Fowler among them, entered into a bond to secure the bank and make it good if the sluice was removed; the other 9 are now dead and he wishes to be released from the bond: for the inhabitants to put in new securities, or for leave to remove the sluice (Read at Ely and ordered).

Brown, Edward  S/B/SP/175  18th November 1686

Contents:
Was servant to Mr Marryott, the Corporation's auditor, and prepared their accounts from 1681 onwards: is now out of employment and asks for "consideration and bounty".

Portland, Lady  S/B/SP/176  2nd December 1686

Contents:
Her land in Felldell in Whittlesey is flooded for want of scouring of the Corporation's drain through Col John Russell's land into the 16 Foot Drain under the counter bank of the south bank of Morton's Leam, also the Sock Drain next to the bank: for them to be scoured.

Longland, Robert, of Little Queen Street, St Giles in the Fields, Middlesex, farrier  S/B/SP/177  1686?

Contents:
Mark Descon of Ramsey, gent, mortgaged a piece of Adventure land in Ramsey for £400 three months before his death: for the mortgage to be registered in the Corporation's books.

Umfrevile, Thomas  S/B/SP/178  29th January 1686/7

Contents:
For a conveyance under the Corporation's seal of 33a 1r 10p in Ramsey Severals which he has inherited part of 73a making up lot 3, no.7.

Berkeley, Lady Christian, executrix of John, Lord Berkeley, Baron of Stratton, her tenants and inhabitants of Farcet, Stanground and Yaxley  S/B/SP/179  6th April 1687

Contents:
For enquiry and remedy for the flooding of their lands caused by silted drains and insufficient outfalls [details].

Shaw, Sir John, Bt, and tenants and inhabitants of Yaxley and Stilton  S/B/SP/180  6th April 1687

Contents:
Similar petition to S/B/SP/179

Inhabitants of Wicken  S/B/SP/181  6th/7th April 1687

Contents:
For Wicken Lode to be scoured.

Inhabitants of Ely  S/B/SP/182  7th April 1687

Contents:
For compensation for land taken at Little Shell Farm in the making of a bank from Burnt Fen Bridge to Isleham, and the replacement of a fence; also compensation for Thomas Killburne for hisland in Padnoll which was cut up to repair banks. Endorsed, report by R Mingay and Richard Russell that they have calculated compensation and paid the money due.

Brown, Nathaniel, of Ely  S/B/SP/183  7th April 1687


Related information: See also S/B/SP/167

Contents:
For 3 years' rent for his house at Denver Dam formerly let to the Corporation, and for possession of the house, which Daniel Green, the sluice-keeper, refuses to hand over to him.

Parrish, William, of Littleport  S/B/SP/184  7th April 1687

Contents:
In 1677 was appointed as ferryman for 12 years, but was turned out of his post after 9 years, though he had spent £60 in building a house there: to be reinstated and paid £8 wages due to him and 20s for the repair of his boat.

Scottin, Edward, on behalf of his landlord, Sir Francis Gybon of ? Thursford, Norfolk and other landholders in Whelpmore Fen  S/B/SP/185  7th April 1687

Contents:
For a tunnel at Brand Creek's end to let out water which is held between two banks on their land.

Green, Daniel, sluice-keeper at Denver new sluices  S/B/SP/186  undated ? 1687

Contents:
Used to receive 20s a week for various works, then £50 a year and £10 in lieu of a house as sluice-keeper, but now is paid only £30 with a house: for relief.

Inhabitants of Cottenham  S/B/SP/187  April 1688

Contents:
For Hogginton Water to be made 2 feet deeper from Suttons Coate to Harrimore Head, as it is so silted up as to be unnavigable, unfit to carry off or supply water, and insufficient barrier to keep their cattle from straying.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/188  April 1688

Contents:
For Welney River to be scoured, the bridge over Grunty Fen drain leading into Westmore to be repaired, and a tunnel through the bank of Grunty Fen drain to let water out of Westmore.

Inhabitants of Downham  S/B/SP/189  April 1688

Contents:
For repair of bridge over Grunty Fen drain leading into Westmore.

Wrathall, Guibon, of Stow Brink  S/B/SP/190  1688

Contents:
Has been sluice-keeper at the lower end of Downham's Eau for 15 years, but has been replaced since the new sluice was built: for reinstatement.

Scrimshire, William, Esq, and Joyce Underwood, widow  S/B/SP/191  24th May 1688

Contents:
For scouring of Puttockes drain at Warboys, so that they can reach their 550 acres there.

Landowners at Fordham and Denver  S/B/SP/192  6th February 1689/90

Contents:
For the damming of Roxham Drain at the upper end of Fordham Grounds, to confine flood water to Hilgay River, or for the drain to be stopped there and at the tunnel to the 24 Foot drain on the south side of Hilgay River, to prevent flooding of their lands.

Hampson, Robert, and Richard Marryott  S/B/SP/193  20th May 1669/5th April 1689


Related information: See also S/B/SP/200

Contents:
Report on value of lands held by Francis Gibbons at Brandon (in manor of Littleport) cut up by the Corporation. (Read and allowed).

Owners of land bordering the River Ouse from Littleport Chair to Denver Sluice  S/B/SP/194  10th April 1689

Contents:
For a sluice at the head of St John's Eau to let water out of the Ouse at flood time when Denver Sluice is shut.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/195  10th April 1689


Related information: See also S/B/SP/208 and S/B/SP/216

Contents:
For a sluice now replaced by a tunnel to be restored in Welney River so that it can be navigated again and thereby kept clear.

Inhabitants of Ely and Littleport  S/B/SP/196  10th April 1689

Contents:
For a tunnel in the east bank of the Ouse at Burnt Fen to carry off water and prevent damage to the banks.

Inhabitants of Swaffham Bulbeck  S/B/SP/197  10th April 1689

Contents:
For the scouring of Swaffham New Lode.

Fuller, Sir James Chapman, Bt, and other inhabitants of Upwell  S/B/SP/198  11th April 1689

Contents:
For leave to dam the River Nene while they repair Church Bridge and make a stone arch there.

Russell, Edward, Esq  S/B/SP/199  2nd December 1689

Contents:
Against petition of Sir John Brownlowe, who wishes to make a sluice in the north bank of the river running through Russell's land at Whittlesey, which will weaken the flow of fresh water so much that Russell's land and much more land will be damaged by salt water.

Fortrey, Samuel, and John Mingay  S/B/SP/200  25th May 1668


Related information: See also S/B/SP/193

Contents:
Report on value of lands of Mr Gibbons cut up or taken for banks and drains, with map.

Hall, Thomas, and Guibon Wrathall  S/B/SP/201  10th April 1690

Contents:
For payment for damage done to their land by removal of earth to repair the Tongs banks near Stow Brink in 1684.

Mallabar, Nicholas  S/B/SP/202  3rd April 1692

Contents:
Concerning his land called Spanish Delph, split by the Corporation's droveway, and 30a land under Shippe Wood over which he is in dispute with the Corporation: to have his land restored or the action postponed till the next Assizes, as his attorney has died.

Stafford, William, of Denver, gent  S/B/SP/203  6th April 1692

Contents:
For repair of banks and bridge of the 24 Foot Drain in Denver, to protect his 100a and 100a belonging to Mrs Barber.

Hewet, Sir John, Sir James Fuller, Bt, Sir Lovell Walden, John Mason, Thomas Harrison, John Laney and John Hawes, gents, and owners and tenants of lands next to the 16 Foot Drain  S/B/SP/204  7th April 1692

Contents:
For the drain to be scoured.

Owners and tenants of lands abutting on River Ouse from Harrymeere to Sir Ralph Skipwith's embanked grounds leading to Denver Sluice  S/B/SP/205  5th April 1693

Contents:
For the dam at the head of St John's Eau to be cut forthwith and sluices put there and in the neighbouring new drain, to run off flood water from the Ouse. (Order made to view Downham Eau)

Inhabitants of Chatteris  S/B/SP/206  5th April 1693

Contents:
For the removal of a tunnel made by Lawrence Blatt of Somersham, gent, out of Cranebrook in Coppins Corner into the Outringe Ditch and thence to Hollode in Chatteris, which is causing their land to be flooded.

Inhabitants of March  S/B/SP/207  5th April 1693

Contents:
For scouring of Elm Leam to carry off water which is drowning over 30,000 acres of their land. (Order for view thereof)

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/208  5th April/ 12th June 1693


Related information: See also S/B/SP/190 and S/B/SP/216

Contents:
For the removal of a stop tunnel which replaced a sluice at the end of Old Welney River near Littleport about 8 years ago, and the reinstatement of the sluice so that the river is navigable again.

Hare, Sir Thomas, Bt, and others, owners of land in High Fen, Stow Bardolph, Wimbotsham and Downham Market  S/B/SP/209  5th April/ 12th June 1693

Contents:
The Tongs drain, which used to carry off the water from Well Creek and Popham River, has been overfilled by a tunnel running into it at the Tongs sluice by Nordelph Corner, so that their lands are flooded: for removal of the tunnel and repair of banks. (Referred next meeting Ely)

Inhabitants of Mepal and Sutton  S/B/SP/210  Undated ? 1693

Contents:
Their land is being flooded by tunnels under the West Water which carry water to the fens on the north side of the Old Bedford River: for redress.

Cole, William, of Ely  S/B/SP/211  6th July 1693

Contents:
April last he bought 25 acres of land sold because Anne Curtis had failed to pay her tax; following a dispute about the value of the land and the way it was sold asks for a conveyance under seal, or compensation if the land is to be restored to Curtis who has now paid her arrears.

Woodward, Edward, Esq, Michael Dixon, Jeremy Grounds and other inhabitants of March  S/B/SP/212  6th July 1693

Contents:
For the removal of a tunnel through Horsecroft Bank and a new dyke and tunnel made to drain Horsecrofts and Feldell, which are drowning their lands by Plantwater.

Inhabitants of Over  S/B/SP/213  4th April 1694

Contents:
Details of work done in repairing banks during late floods, and being busy paid their tax a day or two late and were fined £3; have not been paid £5 due for earth supplied to the Corporation; their bridge has been washed out of place and temporarily repairs: for payment for earth or return of forfeiture money, and repair of bridge. (Order drawn)

Inhabitants of Stoke, Wretton, Wereham, West Dereham, Roxham, Fordham, Denver and Downham Market  S/B/SP/214  4th April 1694

Contents:
For the removal of a tunnel under Hilgay River, which is overfilling the 24 Foot Drain, and the disuse of 3 sluices in the dam at the end of Downham Eau next to the Ouse, so that their lands are not flooded.

Inhabitants of Ely and Littleport  S/B/SP/215  4th April 1694

Contents:
For the repair of Mildenhall Drove. (Order drawn)

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/216  4th April 1694


Related information: See S/B/SP/195 and S/B/SP/208

Contents:
For the removal of a tunnel at the end of Welney River and replacement of the sluice there

Wrathall, Guibon  S/B/SP/217  9th April 1695

Contents:
For payment of arrears of £40 due to his late father Francis Wrathall for looking after the old sluices at Stowbridge.

Conservators of Bedford Level to the House of Commons  S/B/SP/218  11th/12th January 1696/7

Contents:
To be heard by the House concerning a bill for the improvement of King's Lynn, which would entail the removal of Denver Dam and sluices, do much damage to the level, and not help King's Lynn. (To be heard at the second reading)

Inhabitants of Manea  S/B/SP/219  8th April 1696

Contents:
For repair of bridge over Old Bedford River. (Referred to a committee)

Bullis, Thomas, John Davis, John Adams, Anthony Brignall, James Smyth, Thomas Bullis junior, Twiford Woodham and William Ryder, lay clerks of Ely Cathedral  S/B/SP/220  8th April 1696

Contents:
For payment for earth taken last year from their land at Witcham to repair the south bank of the Bedford River. (Read and ordered)

Inhabitants of Willingham and Over  S/B/SP/221  26th November 1696

Contents:
That the tunnel or sluice through the great bank requested by Swavesey may not be granted, as it would drawn their lands. (Referred to next Ely meeting)

Inhabitants of Swaffham Prior  S/B/SP/222  1696

Contents:
For payment of £7. 19s expended in work to save banks in the great summer flood.

Landowners in Somersham, Colne and Earith  S/B/SP/223  undated ? 1696

Contents:
The water from Cranebrook used to have an outfall into Somersham Lode but now has only a small tunnel to pass through, which is insufficient, so that much land and a major highway have been flooded: for redress.

Green, Daniel, sluice-keeper at Denver  S/B/SP/224  undated 1698/9

Contents:
Has been keeper since 1687 at a salary of £40 per annum and maintained the sluices well, but hears that his salary is to be reduced to £20: for it to be kept at £40.

Mawe, Elizabeth, of Littleport, widow  S/B/SP/225  5th April 1699

Contents:
For repayment of loan of £100 she made to the Corporation, as she is moving to London.

Feoffees and trustees of Welney  S/B/SP/226  6th November 1699

Contents:
Bill for earth taken from town lands of Welney for repair of banks between 1698 and 1699, total £12. 6s. 10d.

Bundle No.3  [no ref.]  1702-29

Inhabitants of Downham in the Isle  S/B/SP/227  April 1702

Contents:
For repair of cart bridge over Grunty Fen Drain near Downham Hythe, leading into Byall Fen.

Inhabitants of Methwold  S/B/SP/228  7th April 1702

Contents:
For the scouring of Adventurers' Lode between Methwold and Northwold.

Inhabitants of Well and Welney on north side of Bedford River  S/B/SP/229  20th November 1702

Contents:
For sluices between Welney and Salter's Lode to be dammed up, because the doors are decayed, and for water to be taken away by the tunnel at Nordelph.

Landowners, occupiers and other inhabitants of north part of Middle Level  S/B/SP/230  7th April 1703

Contents:
For scouring of Elm Leam; Tongs or Marshland Cut not sufficiently embanked.

Landowners and occupiers in Outwell, Upwell and March  S/B/SP/231  8th April 1703

Contents:
For a tunnel through the 16 Foot bank to carry water flowing from the Nene into Usemore Fen; for the 16 Foot sluice to be dammed and Popham's Eau to be kept higher than the 16 Foot Drain.

Inhabitants and landowners of Wicken  S/B/SP/232  7th April 1703

Contents:
For the reopening of a tunnel under Soham river to drain water from Wicken Fen and Barraway Little Fen into the new drain and thence to the Ouse.

Fielding, Israel, gent, on behalf of Arthur Earl of Torrington  S/B/SP/233  10th/25th February 1703/4

Contents:
For work to be done to drain Estree Fen, on Bevills River and the Counter-drain; complaint of Corporation's negligence in prosecuting rioters; dispute over mills erected by him. (Referred to Ely meeting)

Inhabitants of Welney  S/B/SP/234  31st March 1705

Contents:
For the scouring of ? Mady Lode and the Old River.

Inhabitants of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/235  2nd April 1705

Contents:
For the scouring of the New Lode from Erswell Common into Brandon River, also a drain from Wainford Springs, Black Wells and Cross Wells into the same lode.

Inhabitants of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/236  8th April 1706

Contents:
For scouring of the New Lode, as in S/B/SP/235

Wrathall, Guybon  S/B/SP/237  10th April 1706

Contents:
For arrears of salary due to himself and his father Francis; he has petitioned before, but has been unable to attend meetings because of sickness.

Inhabitants of Swaffham Bulbeck  S/B/SP/238  10th April 1706

Contents:
For the restoration of an old lode in place of a new one which is causing damage by dividing their common land. (The Corporation will do as they wish if the inhabitants will do their part of the work. "This order agreed unto")

Owners and occupiers of land in Black Lake, Wood Lode and Mare Fen in Littleport  S/B/SP/239  10th April 1706

Contents:
For a brick tunnel through Black Lake Bank between Knowle Bridge and Black Lake Bridge to carry water into Grunty Fen Drain.

Inhabitants of Welney  S/B/SP/240  9th/10th April 1706

Contents:
For the water from the 40 Foot Drain to be carried into Bedford River; a sluice into Well Creek from the new 16 Foot Drain, and a drain to it from the lower end of the new drain. (To be put into this year's list of works; and £19. 2s. 3d to be paid to the Manea men, the remainder of the debt due for their slucie)

Inhabitants and commoners of Wimblington in Doddington  S/B/SP/241  10th April 1707

Contents:
For the 16 Foot Drain alongside their common to be scoured, as it is so grown up that their cattle are straying across it and being impounded. (To be done; the petitioners to advance the money up to £25 and to be repaid)

Landowners and occupiers of Ely  S/B/SP/242  3rd April 1708

Contents:
For the continuing of the experiment of barring open the gates of Denver Sluice, or else taking them off, as this has much improved their drainage.

Landowners and farmers of Hilgay  S/B/SP/243  6th April 1709

Contents:
Their land is being flooded because of the decay of the south bank of the River Wissey and the north and south banks of Sams' Cut, and the dam at Denver Sluice: for relief. (A dam has already been made to keep Sams' Cut water separate from the 'West Fen; the banks of the cut to be raised, but Wissey River cannot be done this year becauseof the floods.)

Landowners and occupiers of Denver and Fordham  S/B/SP/244  ? 1709

Contents:
For a tunnel under Hilgay River, which carries water from Hilgay West Fen on to their lands, to be stopped up as previously ordered.

Landowners of Littleport  S/B/SP/245  5th April 1710

Contents:
For immediate repair of Denver sluices. (Referred to a committee)

Inhabitants of Witcham, Coveney and Downham  S/B/SP/246  5th April 1710

Contents:
For the scouring of Wear Dyke, which leads from Witcham Bridge to Denver Sluice under the south bank of the 100 Foot River, and a tunnel to be made near the sluice.

Landowners of Hockwold cum Wilton  S/B/SP/247  5th April 1710

Contents:
For a bank to be made from Hockwold Lode to the Brewhouse by Brand River, to protect their lands from flooding. (To be put in Gallaway's estimate of works)

Inhabitants of Methwold  S/B/SP/248  4th April 1710

Contents:
For the repair of the Adventurers' Bank from Thorneham Close in Methwold to Hilgay. (Read and ordered to be put into Wil Gallaway's estimate of works)

Owners and occupiers of land in lower part of Littleport level  S/B/SP/249  5th April 1710

Contents:
For the scouring of Ware Dyke from Maid's Lode at Read's Fen corner to the lands of Edward Barbor, gent, near Denver Sluice, and a tunnel 6 feet wide into the Hundred Foot River.

Landowners and occupiers of Doddington, Wimblington, Manea, Upwell and Welney  S/B/SP/250  5th April 1710

Contents:
For the bank against the Old Bedford River to be made up this year below the Cross Bank so that the Wash waters may run to the sea. (Agreed)

Lord and Lady of Manor and inhabitants of Stretham  S/B/SP/251  5th April 1710

Contents:
For repair of the Adventurers' Banks from Cheare Fen down to Holt Fen and round Holt Fen up to Beach, so that they can erect two drainage mills at Meare Ditch mouth and Harrowmorehead. (Ordered to be done)

Landowners of Littleport  S/B/SP/252  1712

Contents:
For a cart bridge over Sandys Cut for access to their lands in Burnt Fen and Padnall and the repair of the old bridge over Grunty Fen Drain.

Owners and occupiers of land at Ramsey, Bury, Upwood and Walton  S/B/SP/253  undated (? 1712)

Contents:
For the removal of the dam over the 40 Foot at the 40 Foot bridge, contrary to another petition for it to remain.

Sir Simeon Stuart, Bt, lessee of Lakenheath Manor, on behalf of inhabitants  S/B/SP/254  14th May 1712

Contents:
A new drain begun in 1709 has not been finished and other drains and outfalls have been neglected, to their great damage - for redress.

Saunderson, the Hon Mrs, on behalf of owners of land in Hilgay West Fen  S/B/SP/255  1713

Contents:
An order for repair of banks of Sam's Cut was not carried out because of very dry weather in the summer, but the drain was cleared: for it to be done now. (Agreed)

Inhabitants of Peterborough  S/B/SP/256  27th June 1714

Contents:
Letter to a named person stating their intention to attend a Sessions of Sewers at March concerning a stoppage in Morton's Leam between Eldernell and Guyhirn, which is causing the Nene to overflow.

Inhabitants of Whittlesey St Mary and St Andrew  S/B/SP/257  14th July 1714

Contents:
The tide is coming too far up Morton's Leam and fresh water is short: for the New Cut to be dammed and the North Sluice not to be permitted to run more fresh water than necessary, so that there is sufficient fresh water in the Leam, also for the drain between Floods Sluice and Whittlesey Mere to be scoured, likewise Delph Dyke.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/258  6th April 1715

Contents:
For scouring of rest of Welney River and a cart bridge over Sandys Cut.

Stafford, William, landowner of Denver  S/B/SP/259  6th April 1715

Contents:
For Roxham Drain to have its former outfall inot the River Wissey, or that its waters may be kept within the 24-Foot drain, or for leave to dam up the 24-foot at each end of his land and turn its water into a new drain he has dug. (Rejected)

Inhabitants of Swaffham Prior and Reach  S/B/SP/260  6th April 1715

Contents:
For Reach Lode to be scoured or bottomed.

Stafford, William, of Denver  S/B/SP/261  4th April? 1716

Contents:
For cart bridge over 24 Foot drain to be repaired; has erected a mill to drain his land on the west bank of the 24 Foot, and asks leave for a tunnel under the drain to carry water from the east side to the mill; will remove it if it causes harm.

Landowners and inhabitants of Hilgay  S/B/SP/262  4th April 1716

Contents:
For reopening of tunnel under Stoke or Wissey River, to drain West Fen.

Landowners and occupiers of Doddington, March, Wimblington, Upwell, Welney and Manea  S/B/SP/263  4th April 1716

Contents:
A tunnel lately made by the Corporation to carry water from the 12 Foot into the 16 Foot drain, under the 40 Foot, is causing their lands adjoining the 16 Foot to be flooded - for it to be stopped up.

Mr Saffery's estimate for works in the South Level for the year 1717 - total £651. 10s.  S/B/SP/264  April 1717

Le Pla, John and Jacob - estimate for works in the North level for the year 1717 - total £900.  S/B/SP/265  1717

Mr Underwood's estimate for works in his division for the year 1717 - total £650.  S/B/SP/266  April 1717

Mr Walsham's estimate for works in his division for the year 1717 - total £688. 15s. 4d.  S/B/SP/267  April 1717

Hare, Sir Ralph - letter concerning land tax on land called the Tongs Wash in Stow Bardolph, purchased by the Corporation from his father.  S/B/SP/268  10th April 1717

Landowners and inhabitants for Wicken  S/B/SP/269  10th April 1717

Contents:
For the embanking of Wicken Fodder Fen. (Read and referred to a committee).

Inhabitants of Swaffham Bulbeck  S/B/SP/270  10th April 1717

Contents:
One of their fens is approached by a narrow droveway which the Corporation wish to dig up in order to repair an adjacent bank: if the Corporation will instead scour the Lode and mend the bank with the silt they will secure the top of the bank with solid earth. (Order made thereupon).

Milborne, Clayton, Joseph Ash, John Pope, Thomas Vernone and other owners and occupiers of land south of the 16 Foot drain and above droveway from Wimblington to Manea  S/B/SP/271  undated [? 1717]

Contents:
For leave to lay a tunnel at their own expense across the drove to open up Twissell Lode, and for the scouring of part of Darcy Lode and Welney River.

Guybon, William, Edward Partridge, and other owners and occupiers of land between Brandon River and the Ouse from Brandon Creek's end to Prickwillow  S/B/SP/272  1717

Contents:
For a further sum to be expended in addition to £500 granted in reply to their petition of April 1716 to allow [unspecified] works to be finished; also for Burnt Fen Bank from Littleport to Prickwillow to be raised.

Landowners and occupiers in Manea and Welney  S/B/SP/273  undated [? 1717]

Contents:
For repair of the 16 Foot bank and the bank from Manea Common to the 16 Foot drain on the way to Wimblington.

Landowners and tenants in Upwell, Outwell, Welney and Manea  S/B/SP/274  undated [? 1717]

Contents:
A tunnel under Well Creek or the Nene into the Tongs drain is flooding their land: for a drain outside the south bank of the Tongs into Downham Fen to convey their water and for repair of banks of the 16 Foot and Popham's Eau.

Landowners of Doddington, Wimblington, March, Upwell, Welney and Manea  S/B/SP/275  undated [? 1717]

Contents:
For removal of a tunnel under the 40 Foot drain into the 16 Foot, which is flooding their land.

William Cole's estimate for work to be done in his part of the South Level for the year 1717, total £679. 17s.  S/B/SP/276  May 1717

Contents:
(Endorsed, notes of inspections made, 6th-13th May 1717)

Inhabitants of Stanground  S/B/SP/277  22nd July 1717

Contents:
For payment of £22. 10s. for clay taken for repairs from Tentor Hill in their common land in 1715, and for repair of road damaged by carting of clay.

Cole, William - account for Northwold Level, 1715-1718, and other notes.  S/B/SP/278 A-B  April 1717, 1718

Guybon, William, Edward Partridge, esq, and owners and occupiers of land between Brandon River and the Ouse, from Brandon Creek's end to Prickwillow  S/B/SP/279  undated [? 1718]

Contents:
For a sluice in Brandon River near the end of the creek, and for repair of the east bank of the Ouse from the creek to Prickwillow.

Derisley, Thomas, gent, of Soham  S/B/SP/280  April 1719

Contents:
For a bank over a low place in his land to prevent the Middle Drain overflowing into it. (Read. Nil.)

Inhabitants of Swaffham Prior and Reach  S/B/SP/281  8th April 1719

Contents:
For Reach Lode to be scoured or bottomed, as the work could not be done in a previous year because of floods.

Inhabitants of Methwold and Feltwell  S/B/SP/282  April 1719

Contents:
For repair of Adventurer's Lode from Methwold Fieldside to Southery, which is overgrown and decayed.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/283  April 1719

Contents:
For a cart or foot bridge over Sandys Cut, as it has now become a major navigation and their foot bridge across it is frequently destroyed in winter; also for repair of sluice at mouth of Welney River.

Owners and occupiers of flooded lands at Fordham, Norfolk  S/B/SP/284  8th April 1719

Contents:
For the 24 Foot drain to be embanked higher where it passes through their lands, and the cleaning out of St John's Eau. (To be further considered).

Inhabitants of Lakenheath, owners and occupiers of land in South Level  S/B/SP/285  undated [? 1720]

Contents:
For the tides and Hundred Foot waters to be kept out of the South Level at Denver Dam, St John's Eau to be scoured and made navigable, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau.

Landowners and occupiers of Willingham and Cottenham  S/B/SP/286  6th April 1720

Contents:
For the scouring of the River Ouse from Hermitage Sluice to White Coat, and a stop sluice to prevent the water of the River Cann from running up the Ouse in flood time. (Answered and order).

Landowners and occupiers of Stretham  S/B/SP/287  6th April 1720

Contents:
For the scouring and embanking of the Ouse from Whitecoat to Goldimore, to prevent flooding of their lands. (Answered and order).

Inhabitants of Methwold and Northwold  S/B/SP/288  6th April 1720

Contents:
For the repair of a drain leading from Stoke River to Thorneham Close. (Answered and ordered).

Owners and occupiers of land in West Fen, Hilgay, and low lands in Fordham and Denver  S/B/SP/289  undated [? 1720]

Contents:
For St John's Eau to be cleared, other works for removing water from their lands having failed.

Eusgate, William, and Thomas Ludlam, on behalf of their partners  S/B/SP/290  undated [? 1720]

Contents:
Employed by Henry Saffery, the Corporation's officer, to cut a new drain beside an old drain between Methwold and Feltwell Commons, which they did, but he alleges that they cut too near Methwold Lode and has paid them only £18 - for payment of the whole £20 due.

Inhabitants of West Dereham  S/B/SP/291  2nd April 1722

Contents:
A drain called the 12 Foot drain or Roxham Drain was cut across two droveways used by them, and the Corporation has built a brick bridge in one drove: for a similar bridge in the other drove. (Ordered £3 for a gravel way).

Landowners of Ely  S/B/SP/292  April 1723

Contents:
For stopping the tide at the site of Denver Sluice, making navigable two small sluices there, and opening and scouring of St John's Eau, to relieve severe flooding in parishes around Ely.

Inhabitants of Glinton and Peakirk  S/B/SP/293  April 1723

Contents:
For a bridge over the "New River" between two meadows, on a road from Peakirk to Peterborough.

Landowners of Waterbeach and Landbeach  S/B/SP/294  April 1723

Contents:
For stopping the tide at the site of Denver Sluice, making navigable two small sluices there, and opening and scouring of St John's Eau, to relieve severe flooding in parishes around Ely.

Landowners of Stretham  S/B/SP/295  April 1723

Contents:
For stopping the tide at the site of Denver Sluice, making navigable two small sluices there, and opening and scouring of St John's Eau, to relieve severe flooding in parishes around Ely.

Landowners of Southery  S/B/SP/296  April 1723

Contents:
For stopping the tide at the site of Denver Sluice, making navigable two small sluices there, and opening and scouring of St John's Eau, to relieve severe flooding in parishes around Ely.

Landowners of Littleport  S/B/SP/297  April 1723

Contents:
For stopping the tide at the site of Denver Sluice, making navigable two small sluices there, and opening and scouring of St John's Eau, to relieve severe flooding in parishes around Ely.

Landowners of Thetford  S/B/SP/298  April 1723

Contents:
For stopping the tide at the site of Denver Sluice, making navigable two small sluices there, and opening and scouring of St John's Eau, to relieve severe flooding in parishes around Ely.

Minutes of court held at the White Hart Inn  S/B/SP/299  8th April 1724

Contents:
Concerning petition from the inhabitants of Whittlesey for Whittlesey Dyke to be scoured from the Nene near Horsey Bridge to Whittlesey town and made navigable; the court cannot justify the expense of making it navigable, but will scour it and make it fit for draining if the petitioners will advance £120 for the work, to be repaid at £60 a year by the Corporation.

Inhabitants of Mildenhall  S/B/SP/300  12th August 1724

Contents:
For the scouring of Baldwin's Lode, Peter's Lode and the 12 Foot drain leading to Littleport.

Inhabitants of March  S/B/SP/301  8th January 1725/6

Contents:
For the mending and raising of the 40 Foot bank from Welches Dam to Garter Bridge and as far towards the 40 Foot bridge near Ramsey Mere mouth as necessary to prevent flooding.

Waddington, George, of Doddington, on behalf of landowners there  S/B/SP/302 A-B  6th April 1725

Contents:
For leave to put a tunnel through the bank of the 40 Foot drain to take water for their cattle; similar letter from John Gatonby on behalf of Sir Thomas Peyton's estate and other landowners in Beezlings.

Owners and occupiers of land on both sides of the Nene in March  S/B/SP/303  6th April 1725

Contents:
For repair of both banks of the Nene from Floods Ferry to Elm Leam, and for raising the Tongs banks by 1½ feet.
(also dated 1726)

Grimes, David - for appointment as officer to the Corporation in place of the late John Adams.  S/B/SP/304  6th April 1725

Partheriche, E, of Ely, letter to Cyril Hyth (?) esq of Hockwold, in reply to his [unspecified] request on behalf of other Hockwold landowners  S/B/SP/305  8th December 1725

Contents:
Suggests that they should apply to the Board in London for an order and offer to advance the money for the work.

Landowners of Hockwold and Wilton  S/B/SP/306  6th April 1726

Contents:
Since the fall of Denver Sluices the tides and the 100 Foot waters come over their lands: for a dam on the site of the sluice, for the waters to be run to sea through St John's Eau, and a new cut from Germans Bridge to (King's) Lynn with a sluice.

Landowners of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/307  7th April 1726

Contents:
Since the fall of Denver Sluices the tides and the 100 Foot waters come over their lands: for a dam on the site of the sluice, for the waters to be run to sea through St John's Eau, and a new cut from Germans Bridge to (King's) Lynn with a sluice.

Landowners of Ely St Mary's  S/B/SP/308  7th April 1726

Contents:
Since the fall of Denver Sluices the tides and the 100 Foot waters come over their lands: for a dam on the site of the sluice, for the waters to be run to sea through St John's Eau, and a new cut from Germans Bridge to (King's) Lynn with a sluice.

Owners and occupiers of land at Upwell, Outwell, Welney and Manea  S/B/SP/309  7th April 1726

Contents:
For the raising of the Tongs banks, the embanking of the Nene from Elm Leam to Popham's Eau and Nawdle Corner, and the repair of the 16 Foot bank.

Stafford, W  S/B/SP/310  8th April 1726

Contents:
Concerning the measures to be taken following the floods caused by the fall of Denver Sluice: suggests that the water should run in the old course of the Ouse and so perhaps deepen the outfall, this to be tried while the new cut is made; if it fails the damage will be no worse than at present.

Landowners of Littleport  S/B/SP/311  8th April 1726

Contents:
Since the fall of Denver Sluices the tides and the 100 Foot waters come over their lands: for a dam on the site of the sluice, for the waters to be run to sea through St John's Eau, and a new cut from Germans Bridge to (King's) Lynn with a sluice.

Owners and occupiers of land in the South Level  S/B/SP/312  8th April 1726

Contents:
Because of flooding since the fall of Denver Sluice, to have doors fitted to the two eyes made by Captain Russell at Denver Sluice, a dam across a space there to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the Ouse, St John's Eau to be scoured, two bridges and a new sluice made, the bank cut between the Ouse and the Eau to allow the water through: then the banks of the Tongs and Nene to be raised.

Inhabitants of Sutton and Haddenham  S/B/SP/313  18th August 1726

Contents:
For two tunnels or sluices in the 100 Foot bank to carry water off their lands.

Inhabitants of Haddenham and Wilburton  S/B/SP/314  18th August 1726

Contents:
For more money than the £20 allocated to be spent on repairing the Ouse banks between the Hermitage in Haddenham and Stretham Ferry.

Inhabitants of Swaffham Bulbeck  S/B/SP/315  1726

Contents:
Since making an agreement with the Corporation in 1717 they have repaired the bank of their lode with clunch, but it was badly damaged by floods in the summer of 1725 and in Feb 1726; they are ready to continue with the repairs, and ask for £60 or £70 to be spent on them. (Copy of agreement attached
Between February and September 1726

Landowners and occupiers of Upwell, Outwell, Welney and Manea  S/B/SP/316  6th April 1727

Contents:
For raising of banks of Tongs Wash; repair of 16 Foot bank; removal of tunnels under the 40 Foot into the 20 Foot drain at Welches Dam and the 16 Foot.

Inhabitants of Haddenham, Sutton and Wilburton  S/B/SP/317  7th April 1727

Contents:
For repair of bank on north side of Ouse from the Hermitage to Stretham Ferry, scouring of Adventurer's Drain from Sutton Ditch to Aldreth High Bridge, and repair of sluice.

Owners and occupiers of lands [named] lying next to Thorney Fen Dyke from Cats Water near Peterborough to North Lake in the North Level  S/B/SP/318  7th April 1727

Contents:
For the dyke to be scoured and two tunnels made on the Duke of Bedford's estate at Thorney to be blocked or widened.

Owners and occupiers of land in that part of the South Level belonging to Mr Robert Battey as a director of the Corporation  S/B/SP/319  7th April 1727


Related information: See S/B/SP/322

Contents:
For £330 to be spent on repair of banks of several rivers adjoining their lands, as specified in Mr Battey's petition [not present], in parishes of Hockwold cum Wilton, Feltwell, Methwold, Hilgay, Southery, Fordham, Roxham, Dereham, Wereham, Wretton and Stoke Ferry.

Ringstead, John  S/B/SP/320  7th April 1727

Contents:
For a bank to keep water from the drain of Londoners' Fen, and passing through a tunnel under Well Creek at Nordelph, off his land.

Prigg, John  S/B/SP/321  8th April 1727

Contents:
For sole right of fishery in Reach and Burwell Lodes, to compensate him for land lost when they were cut.

Wray, Sir Cecil, Bt, William Fantree and Robert Clough, esquires, and other landowners in Hockwold cum Wilton, Feltwell, Methwold, Stoke, Wretton, Wereham, West Dereham, Roxham, Fordham, Hilgay and Southery  S/B/SP/322  12th April 1727


Related information: See S/B/SP/319

Contents:
Several previous applications for repair of banks in the lower part of the South Level had been ignored: for money to be allocated for the work. (Referred to be considered at the meeting for settling estimates, when due provision shall be made)

Owners and occupiers of fen lands in Somersham, Cole, Pidley, Fenton, Warboys, Wistow, Bury and Ramsey, Hunts, and of lands on north side of Bedford River in Sutton, Mepal, Witcham and Chatteris  S/B/SP/323 A-B  6th June 1727

2 copies

Contents:
For the continuance of 2 tunnels under the 40 Foot drain into the 16 Foot and 20 Foot drains, which carry water off their lands since the diversion of the brooks which previously did so.

Landowners and farmers on both sides of the Nene in March  S/B/SP/324  11th April 1728

Contents:
Their lands have been flooded for 2 years: for Well Creek to be scoured from the sluice, through Outwell and Upwell, to the upper end of Popham's Eau, and for the Nene to be embanked from the upper end of Popham's Eau to Floods Ferry and Angle Bridge; they themselves have spent much money on the work, £50 in the last year, to no avail.

Inhabitants of Haddenham, Sutton, Wilburton and Stretham  S/B/SP/325  9th May 1728

Contents:
For a session of sewers to be held so that they can present various landowners and tenants for neglecting to repair banks etc.

Inhabitants of Methwold  S/B/SP/326  8th April 1729

Contents:
For repair of bank from Thornham Close in Methwold to Hilgay.

Merchants and traders using River Nene  S/B/SP/327  20th August 1729

Contents:
The navigation is obstructed and the Middle Level flooded: for scouring of Nene, Bevills Leam and Whittlesey Dyke, and a dam at Horsey Bridge.

Parish of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/328  20th August 1729

Contents:
The £150 allowed for repair of New Fen and Stalload banks, and scouring of old 18 Foot drain, is insufficient to finish the work: for another £30 to be granted

Mayor and Burgesses of King's Lynn  S/B/SP/329A  20th August 1729

Contents:
For the removal of the dam at Denver Sluice, or a new cut nearby; the scouring of the Ouse, Granta, Mildenhall, Brandon and Stoke rivers, and the scouring of the Nene and making good the navigation from Stanground Sluice to Salters Lode

Corporation's reply  S/B/SP/329B  11th September 1729

Contents:
Do not admit that the remains of Denver Sluice have affected the navigation, or that their part of the Ouse is in bad condition; King's Lynn Corporation requested to examine a scheme and co-operate in it; the Nene to be scoured.

Lay Clerks of Ely Cathedral  S/B/SP/330  20th August 1729

Contents:
For compensation for 1½ a of their land in Byal Fen Wash cut for repair of 100 Foot bank. (Ordered to be certified).

Owners and occupiers of land in Farcet, Yaxley, Stilton, Holme, Conington, Whittlesey and March  S/B/SP/331  20th August 1729

Contents:
For scouring of Bevill's River, Whittlesey Dyke and the River Nene, which are so blocked up as to be useless for drainage or navigation.

Inhabitants of Stanground, Farcet, Yaxley, Stilton, Conington and Holme, using the River Nene for trade  S/B/SP/332  20th August 1729

Contents:
Against a proposed dam at Horsey Bridge, which would obstruct the river; a pen sluice at Pocket Holme near Farcet would serve the same purpose.

Owners and occupiers of land in Upwell and Outwell  S/B/SP/333  20th August 1729

Contents:
For the River Nene to be scoured from March through their towns, to preserve drainage and navigation.

Inhabitants of Whittlesey, Eastrea, Coates, Ramsey, Farcet, Yaxley, Holme, March, Benwick, Upwell and Outwell  S/B/SP/334  19th February 1712

Contents:
For the removal of a dam experimentally placed across the 40 Foot drain to turn the waters down the Nene for the preservation of the lower part of the Middle Level, which is drowning their lands.

Precept to the Corporation's Serjeant-at-Mace  S/B/SP/335  10th April 1706

Contents:
To enclose an acre of land, part of two acres at Roswell Hill in Ely set aside for the supply of earth for their works, paying £2. 10s to the Dean and Chapter of Ely and £17. 10s to Sir Fulwood Skipwith, Bt, their lessee. (Endorsed with note of exection of precept).

Bundle No.4.  [no ref.]  1730-1738

Tradesmen living near the River Nene in Northamptonshire and merchants, watermen and traders of Northants, Hunts and Isle of Ely  S/B/SP/336  8th April 1730

Contents:
Navigation difficult as river is overgrown and needs scouring.

Owners and occupiers of land in Yaxley, Farcet, Ramsey, Whittlesey, Doddington, March and Chatteris, and of other lands in the Middle Level  S/B/SP/337  8th April 1730

Contents:
All drains leading to the outfall need scouring and should be done before securing the outfall itself (long list of names) as their lands are flooded for want of this work.

Upwell and Outwell landowners etc  S/B/SP/338  8th April 1730

Contents:
For scouring and cleaning of the river Nene.

Southery inhabitants  S/B/SP/339  9th April 1730

Contents:
For scouring the New Fen drain. (Read and rejected).

Littleport parishioners  S/B/SP/340  9th April 1730

Contents:
Want the use of Denver Sluice and St John's Eau; until these are repaired to have Welney River and the new dyke from Welney River to May Lode scoured out. (Provision to be made in the officer's estimate pro hoc anno).

Methwold inhabitants  S/B/SP/341  18th May/5th August 1730

Contents:
To have the bank repaired from Thorneham Close in Methwold to Hilgay.

Thetford landowners and occupiers  S/B/SP/342  5th August 1730

Contents:
For £20 to be allowed to repair Goldsmore Bank as their mill which drains Goldsmore Fen cannot do so because of the state of the bank.

Feltwell inhabitants  S/B/SP/343  16th May/5th August 1730

Contents:
Sam's Cut is so much overgrown that carts can drive in the bottom of it and it cannot carry off the water so their drove is too wet to allow them to take cattle to their commons.

Papworth, John, gentleman, of Wickham  S/B/SP/344  5th August 1730

Contents:
330 floors cut out of his grounds to repair banks; asks for the money allowed for such cutting.

Fern, Mr James, of Ely, apothecary  S/B/SP/345  5th August 1730

Contents:
160 floors cut out of his land at Sutton to repair the 100 Foot bank - for payment for the cutting

Littleport inhabitants  S/B/SP/346  1731

Contents:
For scouring out Welney River and New Dyke drain leading from Welney River into May Lode and the Ouse.

Ramsey, Chatteris, Donington, Wood Walton, Sawtry, Bury and Warboys inhabitants  S/B/SP/347  1731

Contents:
Scouring out of Old Bedford River and 40 Foot drain must be finished this year, or previous year's work will be wasted.

Landowners (some named) of Stoke, Wretton, Wereham, West Dereham, Roxham and Denver  S/B/SP/348  1731

Contents:
For scouring of Roxham Drain and 24 Foot drain and a pair of doors to be restored to Saffery's Sluice, which is at present dammed up; also a tunnel over Roxham Drain at West Dereham Drove. (To be considered of when the estimates are brought in).

Gentlemen tradesmen, watermen and others living near and trading on River Nene  S/B/SP/349  1731

Contents:
For the upper part of the river, up to Stanground Sluice, to be scoured, as it is unnavigable; and for Stanground Sluice to be run and the Tongs Drain closed to help navigation, as the Corporation shall think fit. (Ordered the officer permit the gangs to pass twice a week allowing a run of 4 hours at each time each Monday and Friday).

Kempton, Castledine, boatwright, William Austen, blacksmith, and Richard Cook, waterman  S/B/SP/350  1731

Contents:
The late Thomas Robinson, the Corporation's officer for the lower part of the south division of the Middle Level, employed them in 1727 and 1728 but refused to pay them: for payment of the £18. 14s. 4d. due.

Inhabitants of Thetford, owners of land in Goldsmore Fen  S/B/SP/351  1731

Contents:
For £30 to be spent on repairing the banks of the Ouse adjoining the fen, as they have erected an engine to drain it.

Inhabitants of Farcet, Yaxley, Caldecote, Denton, Stilton, Glatton, Holme, Conington, Sawtry, Wood Walton and Ramsey  S/B/SP/352  5th April 1731

Contents:
For the Nene to be scoured from Stanground Sluice to Ramsey Mere, especially from the sluice to Cunckus [Conquest] Mile, to help navigation.

Lord Ramsey and many others [named]  S/B/SP/353  5th April 1731


Related information: See S/B/SP/358

Contents:
Will scour one rood of the Nene per man between Stanground Sluice and Cunckus [Conquest] Mile, if the Corporation will order the river to be scoured and not put any stanches in it.

Philipson, William  S/B/SP/354  7th April 1731

Contents:
For an extra allowance to cover his expenses in lodging away from home while overseeing the scouring of the Tongs drain, the river at Well, and Popham's Eau.

Owners and occupiers of land on south side of counter drain of south bank of Morton's Leam  S/B/SP/355  8th April 1731


Related information: See S/B/SP/370

Contents:
For the drain to be scoured, as it is so grown up as to be useless. (To be considered when the estimates are brought in).

Inhabitants of Ramsey  S/B/SP/356  9th June 1731

Contents:
For the Nene to be scoured and made navigable so that building materials can be brought to the town to repair or rebuild following a fire on 21st May which burnt over 80 houses and did £20,000 damage.

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Bury, Upwood, Raveley, Wood Walton, Sawtry, Conington, Holme, Yaxley and Whittlesey  S/B/SP/357  9th June 1731

Contents:
For the Nene to be scoured between Whittlesey Mere and the 40 Foot drain. [Many signatures]

Watermen of Holme and Yaxley  S/B/SP/358  1st September 1731


Related information: See S/B/SP/354

Contents:
They have scoured 80 roods of the Nene to a navigable depth, but by negligence the rest has not been made wide or deep enough, and a mile near Stanground Sluice has not been scoured at all: for the work to be completed.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/359  1st September 1731

Contents:
For the Old Welney River and May Lode to be scoured, and for a bridge over Sandys Cut so that they can reach Burnt Fen, the Moors and Padnalls. (Ordered upon the petitioners advancing the money to be paid out Nov tax 1732 without interest; that of the bridge rejected).

Landowners and occupiers in Sawtry, Conington and Walton  S/B/SP/360  28th August/1st September 1731

Contents:
For Monks Lode, which is grown up level with the land, to be scoured while the season is favourable.

Gentlemen, merchants, watermen and others living near or trading upon River Nene  S/B/SP/361  October 1731

Contents:
For the rest of Whittlesey Dyke up to the Nene to be scoured, in order to preserve navigation through the town, which is safer than Whittlesey Mere; the work would cost £220 and a pen sluice at Farcet Bridge £100.

Inhabitants of Feltwell  S/B/SP/362  3rd/5th April 1732

Contents:
For Sam's Cut to be scoured, as they have spent £30 on scouring a drain leading from St Nicholas' Bridge to it and it is now grown up. (Ordered on advancing £80 by the petitioners to be repaid without interest out of each November's tax)

Owners and occupiers of land at March  S/B/SP/363  6th April 1732

Contents:
Thomas Carter, the Deputy Surveyor, has been negligent in scouring the River Nene, Bevill's River and Whittlesey Dyke, refused to carry out the order of October 1731 to scour Whittlesey Dyke from Bevill's River to the Nene so that the work was delayed and cost more, and now he threatens to stop it up again; the lower part of Bevill's River from Whittlesey Dyke to Moore's Drain and Moore's Drain to the Nene need scouring, also the 16 Foot drain from the 40 Foot to Popham's Eau and Popham's Eau itself; a sluice in the Nene below March and on the upper end of Popham's Eau and an overfall at the Tongs Drain would be advantageous: for the dismissal of Thomas Carter and the carrying out of the work. (Note that there are 141 names).

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Benwick, Doddington and March  S/B/SP/364  6th April 1732

Contents:
For the Nene to be scoured from the end of the 40 Foot to Ramsey Mere mouth next to Ramsey, also from Ramsey Mere mouth next to Benwick to Floods Ferry alias Drabs Yard, and for a river to be cut on the north side of the mere between the mouths.

March Turnpike Trustees  S/B/SP/365  6th April 1732


Related information: See S/B/SP/372

Contents:
The turnpike is being damaged by drovers who are allowed by the Corporation's officers to drive oxen and sheep on the banks of the 20 Foot and Old Bedford River, which are also being damaged: for the order against this made in 1727 to be enforced

Elsom, Elizabeth, widow of Robert Elsom, late keeper of Stanground Sluice  S/B/SP/366  6th April 1732

Contents:
To be allowed to keep the office, which she is discharging with the help of her son-in-law John Tory. (Certificate, signed by inhabitants of Whittlesey, that she is capable and suitable).

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Upwood, Raveley, Wood Walton and Holme  S/B/SP/367  6th April 1732

Contents:
Raveley Drain from Wood Walton Hards to Burbitch Stream, Burbitch Stream and Hooks Lode are much grown up: for them to be scoured and a drain cut from Burbitch Stream on the north side of Ugg Mere into the Nene to the end of the new river cut through Ramsey Mere last year

Inhabitants of Welney  S/B/SP/368  7th April 1732

Contents:
For the scouring of Maid Lode, Darcie Lode and the old River Welney from Welney Town End to Sherman's Drove, which will cost about £80.

Inhabitants of Whittlesey and Ramsey  S/B/SP/369  7th April 1732

Contents:
For the scouring of the 16 Foot drain from Whittlesey Dyke to Bevill's River and Sword Dyke alias Delph Dyke from thence to the Nene.

Owners and occupiers of land on the south side of the counter drain of the south bank of Morton's Leam  S/B/SP/370  7th April 1732

Contents:
For the drain to be scoured, as it is so grown up as to be useless. (To be considered when the estimates are brought in).

Ferrar, Edward, of Huntingdon, gent  S/B/SP/371  1732

Contents:
Owns an estate in Drapers Delph in Ramsey; a drain 22 feet wide has been cut through it and blocked his passage to it: for a bridge over the drain. (Mr Carter to make the bridge - and Mr Ferrar to maintain it).

Somersham Turnpike Commissioners  S/B/SP/372  1732

Contents:
The turnpike is being damaged by drovers who are allowed by the Corporation's officers to drive oxen and sheep on the banks of the 20 Foot and Old Bedford River, which are also being damaged: for the order against this made in 1727 to be enforced

Birch, Joseph, esq  S/B/SP/373  1732

Contents:
there used to be a tunnel in the south bank of Brandon River near Root Latch Corner to run water out of Brandon Common and adjoining lands, but the Corporation's officer dammed it up two years ago: for its repair. (Referred to be enquired into).

Tenants of counter-washes in Sutton  S/B/SP/374  1732

Contents:
The turnpike is being damaged by drovers who are allowed by the Corporation's officers to drive oxen and sheep on the banks of the 20 Foot and Old Bedford River, which are also being damaged: for the order against this made in 1727 to be enforced

Somersham Turnpike Trustees to John Walsham of March  S/B/SP/375  5th May/5th August 1732

Contents:
Mr Carter has ordered the Corporation's men not to help in stopping drovers using the banks as highways; if the tenants and occupiers of the banks were empowered to stop them it could be done; the trustees are prepared to join in a petition with the March trustees. (Endorsed as a petition).

Inhabitants of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/376  April 1733

Contents:
For the scouring of the 12 Foot drain from Crosswater tunnel to Wainford Fen.

Inhabitants of Chatteris  S/B/SP/377  April 1733

Contents:
For leave to cut turves for firing on land subject to drainage taxes, which the Corporation had forbidden.

Owners and occupiers of low lands in Over, Willingham, Rampton, Cottenham, Waterbeach and Stretham  S/B/SP/378  April 1733

Contents:
For the scouring of the old River Ouse from Hermitage Sluice to Harrimere, so that their lands can be drained.

Owners and occupiers of land in Whittlesey and March lying near the lower part of Bevill's River and Moors Drain  S/B/SP/379  April 1733

Contents:
For the scouring of the two drains, which are grown up almost level.

Inhabitants of Soham  S/B/SP/380  April 1733

Contents:
For Soham Lode to be scoured and the east bank of the Ouse between Ely High Bridge and Prickwillow repaired.

Inhabitants of Benwick and Doddington  S/B/SP/381  April 1733


Related information: See S/B/SP/389

Contents:
For the Nene to be scoured for about 6 miles between Flood Ferry and Ramsey Mere mouth, which will cost about £300.

Fann, Owen, and John Smith on behalf of landowners and occupiers in Raveley, Wood Walton, Upwood and Ramsey  S/B/SP/382  April 1733

Contents:
For Raveley Drain to be scoured for about 3 miles between Walton Hards and Burcheech Stream, which will cost about £35.

Landowners and occupiers in March, Wimblington, Doddington and Upwell  S/B/SP/383  April 1733

Contents:
For the 16 Foot drain to be scoured for about 9 miles between the 40 Foot and Popham's Eau, as in many places it is grown up almost level.

Petitioners as S/B/SP/383  S/B/SP/384  15th August 1733

Contents:
Money for the work cannot be advanced as the repayment period of 7 years is too long: for their money to be repaid in 3 years.

Inhabitants and landowners of Ramsey  S/B/SP/385  15th August 1733

Contents:
They have embanked various lands [named] at their own cost and erected mills to drain them, but others who have benefitted from their work refuse to pay towards the maintenance necessary: for leave to repair their works, and for those who refuse to pay to be obliged to do so.

Inhabitants of Soham  S/B/SP/386  15th August 1733

Contents:
For the scouring of Soham Lode and the 16 Foot drain from Broad Hill to Great Fen Tunnel

Phillipson, William  S/B/SP/387  4th April 1734

Contents:
The sluice keepers at the Tongs have £5 out of his salary: for it to be restored to £25 per annum, the same as other officers have; unable to attend meeting because ill.

Inhabitants of Farcet, Yaxley, Glatton, Sawtry, Holme, Ramsey and Raveley  S/B/SP/388  1734

Contents:
Whittlesey Dyke has lately been dug out and the navigation turned out of its old course through the Nene, Whittlesey mere and Bevill's river, which are silting up for lack of it: for Whittlesey Dyke to be stopped up and the navigation returned to its old course.

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Benwick and Doddington  S/B/SP/389  1734

Contents:
The Nene has been scoured following the order of 5th April 1733, but a new cut on the north side of Ramsey Mere is needed and the river should be scoured from the mere to Bodsey Gravel, about 2 miles: the work will cost about £80, and they are willing to advance the money if it can be repaid out of the November taxes of 1735 and 1736.

Inhabitants of Doddington, Manea and Upwell  S/B/SP/390  1734

Contents:
The doors of the Old Bedford Sluice are so ruinous that they let through silt which is blocking the river above the sluice, which is in danger of being blown up.

Welney feoffees for the poor  S/B/SP/391  1734

Contents:
Land left to the poor has been cut for earth to repair the east bank of Bedford Level and no payment has been made for it: for relief.

Owners and occupiers of land on south side of counter-drain of south bank of Morton's Leam  S/B/SP/392  undated 1734?

Contents:
For the counter-drain to be scoured, which will cost about £100. (To be considered when the estimates come in).

South, Henry, agent for estate of Countess of Lincoln  S/B/SP/393  6th June 1734?

Contents:
Part of the counter-drain in Coates and Wisbech Fens and the 16 Foot drain near Whittlesey had to be scoured before an order could be obtained, and the Countess paid the cost, £84. 7s. 9½d: for the money to be repaid out of taxes, also for Bevill's River to be scoured.

Inhabitants of Ramsey  S/B/SP/394  5th June 1734

Contents:
For the Nene to be scoured between Benwick and the 40 Foot River, as navigation is obstructed, and for a cut on the north side of Ramsey mere from Benwick to Ramsey and the 40 Foot; they will advance the £80 without interest, to be repaid out of the November 1735 tax. (Copy of order for work enclosed; repayment to be made in 1736).

Landowners and occupiers of March  S/B/SP/395  April 1735

Contents:
For the Nene to be embanked from Floods Ferry to Popham's Eau, and for the Tongs Bank to be raised.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/396  1736

Contents:
For a 14 foot drain from Rock Fen to Modney Drain.

Inhabitants of Whittlesey and Ramsey  S/B/SP/397  1736

Contents:
For the Delph Drain, which is useless, to be dammed at the Nene and at Oil Mill Bridge, which will cost £3.

Landowners and occupiers of Hockwold-with-Wilton, Feltwell, Methwold, Northwold, Stoke, Wretton, Wearham, West Dereham, Roxham, Southery, Hilgay, Fordham, Denver, Downham and Stow Bardolph  S/B/SP/398  1736

Contents:
For the repair of the north bank of Brandon River, the east bank of the Ouse and the banks of Stoke River.

Landowners and occupiers of Over and Willingham  S/B/SP/399  1736

Contents:
For repair and raising of Over and Willingham bank.

Inhabitants of Upwell  S/B/SP/400  1736


Related information: See S/B/SP/408

Contents:
For London Lode in Upwell to be scoured.

Landowners and occupiers of Haddenham, Wilburton, Sutton and Stretham  S/B/SP/401  16th June 1736

Contents:
They have spent over £5000 since 1726 in draining their lands, but the work is ineffectual because the Corporation's banks on the south side of the 100 Foot river from Branghill gault pits to the Hermitage and on the north side of the Ouse from Aldry High Bridge to Stretham Ferry are too low; the officer for the division is acting in his own interests: for him to be replaced.

Inhabitants of Somersham, Mepal and Sutton  S/B/SP/402  1736

Contents:
For a dam at the end of the 12 foot drain next to Somersham Meadow and for the water of the 12 foot drain to have their old outfall by Fenton Lode, to prevent their land from being flooded.

Corporation's tenants in Somersham, Colne and Earith  S/B/SP/403  6th April 1737

Contents:
For the counter-wash drain from Sutton Gault to Cranbrooke Water to be scoured, as it has been neglected by the officers.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/404  1737

Contents:
For a 14 or 16 foot drain from Rack Fen to Modney Drain to carry water off their lands; complaint that William Cole, the Deputy Surveyor, is acting in his own interest and to their prejudice in regulating the drainage. (Order for impounding of cattle trespassing on Methwold Bank endorsed).

Taylor, Thomas, and Frances Simpson, widow  S/B/SP/405  undated


Related information: See S/B/SP/410

Contents:
Taylor rented grazing land at Mildenhall from the Corporation, and in partnership with the late William Simpson spent a great deal of money in making a droveway and fences and scouring drains; several cattle grazing there were lost for want of fences; Simpson died and left his widow with several children, and there is no-one to manage the land, which is now flooded and unprofitable: for relief.

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Bury, Wistow and Warboys  S/B/SP/406  1737

Contents:
For repair of south bank of 40 Foot River leading from the 40 Foot Bridge to the Ash Drain and the tunnel from the drain into the river.

Landowners and occupiers in Well, Welney, Manea, Sutton and Somersham  S/B/SP/407  undated

Contents:
For completion of a cut begun last year in the Tongs wash, now 1½ miles long, to raise a bank in the wash to prevent the water of the Nene overriding water of their 12 foot drain; the cost will be £40.

Inhabitants of Upwell  S/B/SP/408  26th March 1737


Related information: See S/B/SP/400

Contents:
For London Lode to be scoured as soon as possible for Grimswoods Sluice at the end of Popham's Eau next to March River to be rebuilt; for banks on south side of 16 Foot Drain to be repaired.

Landowners and occupiers of Burwell  S/B/SP/409  undated (1737?)

Contents:
For repair of sluice and banks at Upware.

Taylor, Thomas, John Sampson and wife Frances, widow of William Simpson  S/B/SP/410  18th August 1737

Contents:
Repeating petition of 1735 have had no profit from land since 1734, as it is still flooded; ready to account for any profits; to be released from contract [to rent land].
Copy of S/B/SP/405 (1735 petition) enclosed

Owners and occupiers of land in West Fen, Hilgay  S/B/SP/411  18th August 1737

Contents:
For the Cross 20 Foot Drain, from the north bank of Sam's Cut to the south bank of the River Wissey, to be scoured; they are willing to advance the cost of £10, to be repaid out of the November 1738 tax.

Inhabitants of Thetford in the Isle of Ely  S/B/SP/412  18th August 1737

Contents:
For financial help in repairing banks of Goldsmore Fen.

Landowners and occupiers of Wimblington and Manea  S/B/SP/413  6th April 1738

Contents:
For bridge over the 16 Foot Drain in Manea Drove to be rebuilt, as it has been broken down for 3 years.

Inhabitants of Cottenham  S/B/SP/414  Undated [? 1738-1746]

Contents:
For repair of 16½ poles of bank in Chair Fen.

Bundle No.5.  [no ref.]  1740-51

East, Gotobed, of Ely  S/B/SP/415  22nd May 1740

Contents:
For a lease of the feed on the north and south banks of Mildenhall River (details of area), also the forelands of the banks, for 21 years at 10s a year.

Inhabitants of Upwell, Welney, Manea and Chatteris  S/B/SP/416  3rd April 1740

Contents:
That the Corporation will forbid the sowing of mustard seed on the banks, as the plant damages them, and that new works may be sown with rye grass.

Inhabitants of Soham owning land in South Level  S/B/SP/417  1741

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/418  Undated [1741]

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation.

Inhabitants of Feltwell  S/B/SP/419  Undated [1741]

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation.

Inhabitants of Isleham  S/B/SP/420  Undated [1741]

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation.

Inhabitants of Hockwold and Wilton  S/B/SP/421  Undated [1741]

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation.

Inhabitants of Hilgay  S/B/SP/422  Undated [1741]

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation.

Inhabitants of Cottenham  S/B/SP/423  Undated [1741]

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation - describes scheme as originated by Mr John Leaford.

Inhabitants of Waterbeach  S/B/SP/424  Undated [1741]

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation.

Inhabitants of Downham  S/B/SP/425  Undated [1741]

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation.

Inhabitants of Haddenham and Wilburton  S/B/SP/426  Undated [1741]

Contents:
Their land is flooded: for sluices at Denver Dam, to keep the 100 Foot waters out of the South Level, for St John's Eau to be scoured, and a pen sluice at the upper end of the Eau to allow navigation.

Commoners, landowners and occupiers of Chatteris  S/B/SP/427  9th April 1741

Contents:
To be allowed to replace a ford over the 20 Foot Drain, which was taken up by the Corporation's officer, or else to build a bridge, for access to their land. (Allowed to make a gravel ford... so as not to obstruct the draining, and not to be taken up by the officer without special order.)

Landowners and inhabitants in Parson Drove and Murrow Fens  S/B/SP/428  undated [1741]

Contents:
They have suffered damage by water being run out of Morton's Leam into the North Level by the Dog and Doublet sluice, and fear worse if the water is run through the old Guyhirn sluice to Clows Cross by the Old South Eau, which will not recover the outfall: against this proposal

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Wood Walton, Sawtry, Conington, Holme, Glatton, Denton, Caldecote, Farcet, Yaxley and Benwick  S/B/SP/429 A-B  undated [1741]

Contents:
For the Nene to be scoured from Stanground Sluice to Whittlesey Mere, a new cut to be made to Bevill's River, and Bevill's River to be scoured to Whittlesey Dyke and Drabs Yard. [Separate sheet of signatures enclosed.]

Inhabitants of Whittlesey, Yaxley, Holme, Doddington, March, Ramsey, Bury, Wistow, Warboys and Chatteris  S/B/SP/430  9th April 1741

Contents:
For another pen sluice in Whittlesey Dyke below the town so that no unnecessary water may be taken in through Stanground Sluice. (Referred to the view.)

Inhabitants of Methwold  S/B/SP/431  9th April 1741

Contents:
Sam's Cut from Methwold Common to the Ouse, and its bank, also 6 furlongs of Southery Bank of the same drain, from High Bridge to Methwold Common, need repair; it will cost about £10. (To be roaded for the present to the droveway to be raised by the landowners.)

Walker, William, William Camps, William Hall and other landowners and occupiers in Waterbeach  S/B/SP/432  1741

Contents:
Repairs to banks of Waterbeach Level are in progress; another £100 needed in 1744 and 1745, which they are willing to advance.

Owners of land in Byall Fen, Downham, Isle of Ely  S/B/SP/433  9th April 1741

Contents:
For repair of Byall Fen Bridge over Witchford Drain near Oxwillow Lode. (To provide for a gravel way in the estimate.)

Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council of King's Lynn  S/B/SP/434  2nd September 1741

Contents:
For navigation to be restored between Stanground Sluice and Salters Lode, where the river is almost grown up.

Inhabitants of Cottenham  S/B/SP/435  31st August 1742

Contents:
For the old River Ouse to be scoured between the Hermitage and Stretham Ferry.

Inhabitants of Willingham and Rampton  S/B/SP/436  31st August 1742

Contents:
For the old River Ouse to be scoured between the Hermitage and Stretham Ferry.

Report of Edward Everard, Mayor of King's Lynn, and a committee of the Council appointed to view the navigation from Salter's Lode to Stanground Sluice.  S/B/SP/437A  21st May 1743

Letter to the Bedford Level Corporation from the Council accompanying the report and giving their recommendations.  S/B/SP/437B  21st May 1743

Copy of petition from Corporation to House of Commons against bill affecting their powers.  S/B/SP/437C  undated [1743]

Copy of petition from Mayor and Burgesses of King's Lynn to House of Commons  S/B/SP/438A  1743

Contents:
to amend the part of the original Bedford Level Act concerning the appointment of commissioners for the counties, as none now exist.

Printed document giving reasons against the King's Lynn petition.  S/B/SP/438B  1744

Corporation of King's Lynn  S/B/SP/439  29th August 1744

Contents:
Order agreeing to making of toll to raise £50 from those using the Ouse to repair navigation through Whittlesey Dyke.

Stafford, Thurlow, of Denver, gent  S/B/SP/440  April 1745

Contents:
For repair of bridge leading to his land over the 24 Foot Drain in Denver.

Lord Townshend  S/B/SP/441  6th April 1745

Contents:
For repair of banks of Soham Lode.

Owners of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/442  30th May 1745

Contents:
Against rebuilding of Denver Sluice.

Cambridge University  S/B/SP/443  10th August 1745

Contents:
Against rebuilding of Denver Sluice.

Commissioners of Sewers for Norfolk  S/B/SP/444  28th August 1745

Contents:
Against rebuilding of Denver Sluice. [Detailed]

Mayor and Corporation of Cambridge  S/B/SP/445  15th August 1745

Contents:
Against rebuilding of Denver Sluice.

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Upwood, Holme, Yaxley, Whittlesey, Benwick, Doddington and March  S/B/SP/446  April 1747

Contents:
Against petition for a pair of doors at the 40 Foot Bridge.

Inhabitants of Bottisham and owners and occupiers of land in Bottisham Fen  S/B/SP/447  April 1747

Contents:
For repair of east bank of River Grant [a] between Bottisham and Swaffham Sluices.

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Bury, Wistow, Warboys, Chatteris, Doddington and Manea  S/B/SP/448  undated [1747]

Contents:
The waters of the Nene at Drab's Yard are being driven back and forced down the 40 Foot Drain by the amount of water taken in at Stanground Sluice, and are already increased by a number of drainage engines - for relief to those owning land adjoining the 40 Foot.
(Folded inside S/B/SP/447 and omitted from original list)

Owners and occupiers of land in Swaffham Level  S/B/SP/449  undated [1747]

Contents:
For repair of 2 miles of bank of Swaffham Lode, which will cost about £48
(Folded inside S/B/SP/447 and omitted from original list.

Inhabitants of Cottenham  S/B/SP/450  [1747]

Contents:
For repair of banks around their commons.

Fortrey, James, on behalf of lower part of South Level  S/B/SP/451A  2nd April 1747

Contents:
For scouring and repair of their neglected drains and banks, also for payment of a bill for repair of south bank of Stoke River.
S/B/SP/451B is copy of bill

Hanslip, Thomas, of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/452  7th April 1747

Contents:
For repair of west bank of Lakenheath Lode.

Jenyns, Soame, from Holles Street  S/B/SP/453  4th April 1747

Contents:
Supporting petition from Swaffham and Bottisham concerning the state of their fens (S/B/SP/447, 449?)

Marquand, Charles  S/B/SP/454  17th July 1746

Contents:
Proposals for making 26 trusses and sluices according to Mr Labley's plans and drawings.

Landowners of Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/455  1748

Contents:
For removal of two tunnels which are frequently opened by disorderly persons and also out of repair; otherwise for them to be repaired and put in the care of one proper person.

Landowners and occupiers of Sawtry, Conington and Ramsey  S/B/SP/456  28th September 1747/April 1748

Contents:
For Salters Lode to be scoured.

Landowners and occupiers in Middle Level  S/B/SP/457  1748

Contents:
For a pen sluice below Whittlesey near Asslings Gravel, as the sluices at Farcet and Whittlesey Dyke to prevent excessive quantities of water being taken in at Stanground Sluice are not serving their purpose.
Whitsun 1748

Inhabitants of March  S/B/SP/458  27th May 1748

Contents:
For a pen sluice on their side of Wittlesey to prevent water from Stanground Sluice flooding their land.

Fann, Owen, junior, of Ramsey, solicitor  S/B/SP/459  17th September 1748

Contents:
For payment of his bill

Landowners of Manea, Upwell and Welney  S/B/SP/460  2nd April 1748

Contents:
For repair of lower end of 16 Foot bank, which will cost £30.

Hunter, Thomas Orby, lessee of Manor of Crowland  S/B/SP/461  20th September 1748

Contents:
Has a right to run the waters of Crowland and Portsand through the North Level to the sea; protests that Corporation are acting prejudicially to his rights.

Landowners in Upwell, Outwell and Welney  S/B/SP/462  1747

Contents:
For Londoner's Fen Drain, Cock Fen Drain, London Lode and May Lode to be dammed where they run into the 20 Foot; they will then maintain them; also for a dam across Old Welney River next to Old Bedford River, to keep water from their land; also a dam across the 20 Foot Drain below two upper sluices, so that Manea can use them, and Upwell, etc, the two others.
Whitsun 1747

Owners and occupiers of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/463  1749

Contents:
For relocation of sluice between the 20 Foot Drain and Well Creek, also of one of the sluices between the 20 Foot and the Old Bedford River, to improve the flow of water in the Creek and River.
Whitsun 1749

Inhabitants and landowners in Middle Level  S/B/SP/464  1750

Contents:
For a cut from Old Bedford River across the 20 Foot bank to the 20 Foot doors next to Well Creek, and a tunnel in the cut.

Landowners and occupiers of Stoke, Wretton, Wereham, West Dereham, Roxham, Fordham and Denver  S/B/SP/465  1750

Contents:
For north bank of Wissey or Stoke River to be repaired; Roxham Drain to be scoured; Roundabout tunnel under Hilgay Creek River to be stopped up, as ordered in 1711; St John's Eau to be cleared. (Estimate for £80 attached.) (To be considered when the estimates of the officers of this Division are before the Board.)

Inhabitants of Whittlesey, March, Upwell, Outwell and Ramsey, and landowners etc in Middle Level  S/B/SP/466  April 1750

Contents:
For Whittlesey Dyke, River Nene and Well Creek to be scoured, and for water to be taken into the 40 Foot River through the tunnel at Welches Dam to preserve navigation during the work.

Landowners in Middle Level near 16 Foot Drain  S/B/SP/467  29th May 1750

Contents:
For right to navigate in the 16 Foot Drain and take water at the north end adjoining Popham's Eau as they used to. (Read and considered)

Landowners of Waldersea  S/B/SP/468  2nd June 1750

Contents:
Forpayment of £91.13s.2½d. due to them for a renewed agreement [not specified]. (Mr Fanne to deliver the engrossment to the Re...).

Landowners and occupiers in Middle Level  S/B/SP/469  1750


Related information: See S/B/SP/472

Contents:
The doors at the mouth of the Ash Drain are being opened and left open by Mr Owen Fann and his men who are digging peat near it, so that much land is flooded, and they fear the same will happen at the Gull Drain: for the doors to be locked and the keys kept by some impartial person.
Whitsun 1750

Henry, Earl of Lincoln  S/B/SP/470  1750

Contents:
To repeal part of an order of 1695 forbidding dams to be made so that he can keep those made on his estate to regulate the water, and so that he may obtain the opening of tunnels made to supply his land with fresh water, which will not otherwise be opened.
Whitsun 1750

Henry, Earl of Lincoln  S/B/SP/471  1750

Contents:
Declaration that he did not visit his estate in the fens for the purpose of gaining votes in order to make changes in the Corporation.
4th June/Whitsun 1750

Owners and occupiers of land adjoining the Ash and Gull Drains  S/B/SP/472  Oct 1750

Contents:
The Board gave orders for dams and tunnels to be made at the mouths of both drains, but the work was not done by Mr Owen Fann, the officer concerned, so they themselves did what was necessary to prevent flooding: for the work ordered to be carried out.

Landowners in Sutton, Mepal, Witcham, Chatteris, Doddington and Byall Fen, also Somersham and Pidley with Fenton  S/B/SP/473  16th October 1750

Contents:
For a pair of doors at the end of the Counter-Wash or Old Bedford River above Welches Dam, and a bank from the Old Bedford Bank to the Black Bank (permission for Commissioners named in Act to make them).

Landowners and inhabitants of Mildenhall with land on north bank of Mildenhall River  S/B/SP/474  1751

Contents:
Part of the north bank has been repaired with money allowed by the Corporation, but the rest of it is in decay: for money to repair it. (Read and considered.)

Commissioners for Haddenham and Waterbeach levels and owners and occupiers of Cottenham and Thetford levels  S/B/SP/475  1751

Contents:
For appointment of William Walker of Stretham to look after banks of levels and river from Harrimere to Earith. (Read and considered.)

Owners and occupiers of fen lands in Mepal, Witcham, Coveney, Ely and Downham  S/B/SP/476  1751

Contents:
For Wear Dyke to be scoured from Mepal to Oxwillow Lode. (Read and considered.)

Milborne, C, and other owners of land next to Twisle Lode and Dasey Lode  S/B/SP/477  1751

Contents:
These drains and the Twenty Foot, Welney River and Maid Lode have been dammed and they have no outfall for their water: for relief. (Read, considered.)

Palmer, Francis, of Holme, yeoman  S/B/SP/478  April 1751

Contents:
For permission to erect a horse bridge over the Nene, for access to his house and lands in Holme Fen. (To be referred to the Whitsun meeting.)

Landowners and occupiers in Stoke, Wretton, Wereham, West Dereham, Roxham, Fordham, Denver and Downham  S/B/SP/479  1751

Contents:
For the clearing of Roxham and Fordham Drains and St John's Eau.

Battey, Ann, widow of Robert Battey of Hilgay  S/B/SP/480  1751

Contents:
For payment of work done by her late husband as an officer in the lower part of the south division of the South Level; he died 8 or 10 weeks after being elected to the office. (To be read and considered.)

Jurors of Court of Liberty of Hundred of Nassaborough and Soke of Peterborough, commoners in Borough Great Fen  S/B/SP/481  1751

Contents:
For reopening of Peakirk tunnel adjoining the Fen. (Read and considered.)

Landowners and occupiers in Chatteris, Doddington, Sutton, Mepal, Somersham, Pidley with Fenton, Warboys, Ramsey, Manea, Welney, Downham, Witcham, Wentworth, Witchford and Byall Fen  S/B/SP/482  1751

Contents:
For removal of dams in 20 Foot Drain, a pair of gates at the end of the 30 Foot to keep out water from Old Bedford River, and completion of repairs to bank of Old Bedford. (Read and considered.)

Landowners in Sutton, Mepal, Chatteris, Doddington, Somersham and Pidley with Fenton  S/B/SP/483  1751

Contents:
Hammond's Eau is so grown up from the 12 Foot Drain in Somersham to Sutton Gault as to hinder the working of their drainage mills: for relief. (Read and considered.)

Cockeram, Isaac, of Downham, yeoman  S/B/SP/484  1751

Contents:
At least 490 floors have been cut out of his land in Hilgay and Southery to repair the west bank of the Ouse: for payment. (To be referred to the Whitsun meeting.)

Earl of Lincoln  S/B/SP/485  1751

Contents:
For permission to re-open Foreman's Tunnel in south bank of Welland to admit fresh water to his land in High Borough Fen. (Read and considered.)

Owners and occupiers of land in Goldsmore Fen, Thetford, Isle of Ely  S/B/SP/486  1751

Contents:
For repair of Goldsmore Bank next to Cam and Ouse so that their drainage engine can work effectively. (£10 to be allotted to the work; the proprietors to raise the rest.)

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Bury Upwood and Raveley, also owners of land near Gull Drain  S/B/SP/487  1751

Contents:
For doors at end of Gull Drain to be replaced, to prevent flooding and preserve navigation. (Read and considered.)

Adamson, Christopher, agent of Viner Small, esq  S/B/SP/488  1751

Contents:
For rebuilding of bridge over 24 Foot Drain in his lands in Fordham.

Landowners and inhabitants of Denver  S/B/SP/489  10th June 1751

Contents:
For leave to repair banks of St John's Eau at their own expense.

Moore, Thomas, agent of Early of Lincoln  S/B/SP/490 A-B  29th May 1751

Contents:
For a pair of doors to be placed in the New South Eau to prevent water running back into his lands in Borough Fen and Crowland. (Order for work enclosed.)

Bundle No. 6  [no ref.]  1752-59

Landowners and occupiers in Ramsey, Bury, Upwood, Wistow, Warboys, Somersham, Whittlesey, Farcet, Yaxley, Benwick and Doddington  S/B/SP/491  4th March 1752

Contents:
For the Tongs Drain to be opened to carry water off their lands.

Trustees of William Underwood  S/B/SP/492  9th April 1752

Contents:
For a bank or dam blocking a drain on his land at Somersham to be cut and for leave to erect a sluice in the cut at his own expense, to be operated by him.

Owners and occupiers of land comprised in Act for draining land in Sutton, Mepal, Witcham etc  S/B/SP/493  10th April 1752

Contents:
For repair of parts of Black Bank, otherwise 20 Foot Bank, and Crane Brook, otherwise West Water Bank.

Tokelove, William - letter to Benjamin Woodward esq at the Fen Office, Middle Temple  S/B/SP/494A  18th May 1752

Contents:
Note of parts of banks let; enclosing...

Estimate of cost of a "roll" to destroy roots of weeds and deepen rivers; and...  S/B/SP/494B  undated

Letter to Corporation concerning the estimate and suggesting deepening of Ouse and other changes to improve drainage.  S/B/SP/494C  18th May 1752

Inhabitants and landowners in Ramsey, Benwick, Doddington, March, Chatteris, Upwell, Outwell and Manea  S/B/SP/495  20th May 1752

Contents:
Against another petition which asked for Bill Lode in Ramsey to be stopped up, a sluice in the Nene near the end of High Lode, Ramsey, and a pair of doors at Ponds Bridge.

Moore, Thomas, agent of Earl of Lincoln  S/B/SP/496  21st December 1752

Contents:
For a dam across drain from No Man's Land to Crowland. (Order made thereupon.)

Proprietors of land in South and Middle Levels, including Lord Townshend  S/B/SP/497  26th February 1753

Contents:
Suggestions for amending a bill for better draining of North Level, concerning debts due to Level from Corporation and qualifications for voting in assemblies of Corporation.

Cowhard, David, of Ely, officer of Corporation  S/B/SP/498  17th April 1753

Contents:
For allowance for his extraordinary trouble and expense in the last year's works.

Inhabitants of Bottisham  S/B/SP/499  19th April 1753

Contents:
The doors of Swaffham Sluice have been missing for a year and the banks are in bad repair, to the detriment of Bottisham Fen: for repairs to be done.

Owners of land in South Level between Mepal Green, Ely, Littleport, Ten Mile Bank to Denver Sluice and Hundred Foot Bank to Mepal Green  S/B/SP/500  1753

Contents:
For help in obtaining an Act of Parliament to build mills and make mill drains within their district.
Whitsun 1753

Owners of land in South Level between Prickwillow Bridge, Dead Mile's End, the north bank of Mildenhall River, Ulney Hards, Lakenheath Lode, the south bank of Brandon River and the Ouse  S/B/SP/501  1753

Contents:
For help in obtaining an Act of Parliament for embanking and erecting water engines in their district.
Whitsun 1753

Partherick, John, of Littleport, esq  S/B/SP/502  1754

Contents:
For leave to cut two tunnels through the Ten Mile Bank in order to drain his land in Littleport Fen into the Ouse.

Owners of land comprised in Act for draining land in Sutton, Mepal, Witcham, etc  S/B/SP/503  1754

Contents:
For repair of Black Bank or 20 Foot Bank from Welches Dam upwards, also the Forty-Foot Bank from Horseway to Welches Dam; the Counter Wash drain is also grown up.

Owners and occupiers of land in Wicken and Burwell  S/B/SP/504  undated [1754]

Contents:
For Monks Lode and Wicken Lode to be scoured and cleansed.

Landowners in Manea, Chatteris and Welney  S/B/SP/505  1754

Contents:
The 30 Foot bank from Groom's Corner to Welches Dam needs raising.

Commissioners and owners and occupiers of land in the level of Upwell, Welney, Denver and Outwell  S/B/SP/506  16th April 1754

Contents:
For further money to be spent on raising the north bank of the Old Bedford River, on which they have spent £40, and for a dam across the 20 Foot Drain to join the Old Bedford bank and Mr Saffery's bank.

Owners and occupiers of land in Wood Walton, Sawtry and Conington  S/B/SP/507  18th April 1754

Contents:
Order of Board for payment of £18 to them for their work in scouring the part of Monks Lode not done by the Board.

Petition to which S/B/SP/507 is the reply  S/B/SP/508  1754

Owners and occupiers of fen ground next to Clipson River in Soham  S/B/SP/509  17th April 1754

Contents:
For the river to be scoured, which should have been done 7 years ago.

Inhabitants and landowners in Ramsey, Wood Walton, Yaxley, Stilton, Farcet, Glatton, Conington and Holme  S/B/SP/510  1754

Contents:
For the River Nene between Whittlesey Mere and Bodsey Gravel to be scoured out, 24 feet wide and 2 feet deep.
Whitsun 1754

Owners and occupiers of the Washes on the west side of the 100-Foot River from Earith Bridge to Mepal Bridge  S/B/SP/511  20th May 1754

Contents:
For a dam across the Old Bedford River below the Nine Holes and for leave to make a bank next to the river at their own expense.

Marshall, Margaret, widow of Dr Nathaniel Marshall  S/B/SP/512  19th/20th June 1754

Contents:
She owns an estate at Welney subject to fen tax, which has been paid up to November 1752, but since then her payments have been rejected: for her tax to be accepted and her estate not to be forfeited

Commoners of Borough Great Fen  S/B/SP/513A  7th[11th] October 1754 or 1755

Contents:
For leave to make a tunnel through Peakirk Bank to run water into the fen. [Attached, S/B/SP/513B order of court of the Manor of Longdike, etc, for the application to be made]

Owners of land in Burnt Fen  S/B/SP/514  16th April 1755

Contents:
Proposal to join with the Corporation in draining 6000 acres of Adventurers' Land along with their own land.

Leaford, John  S/B/SP/515  8th May 1755

Contents:
To have an allowance for his lands which have been cut for repairs to the banks of the 100-Foot River. (Not read)

Labourers on the Hundred Foot Bank  S/B/SP/516  10th May 1755

Contents:
Mr Biggs, the Board's officer, insists on giving them their pay at an alehouse, and they object to this because they will be tempted to spend the money on drink: to be paid at home.

Commissioners for draining lands along Old Bedford River from Welches Dam to Welney  S/B/SP/517  7th January 1756

Contents:
The north bank of the river from Welches Dam to Motes House needs repairing: if the Corporation will allot money for the purpose they will advance an equal amount.

Owen, Love  S/B/SP/518  10th June 1756

Contents:
His father Matthew had a lease of the herbage of part of the south bank of the New Bedford River and the forelands on the north side from Mepal Bridge to the pits at Branghill Closes, and built a house on the land at his own expense; his son had a subsequent lease which expired five years ago, and since then he has had to bid for the lease annually: for a lease for 21 years at a rent of £7 per annum.

Lords of Manors and owners of land in the Washes in Bluntisham, Earith, Sutton, Mepal, Witcham, Ely, Witchford, Wentworth, Coveney and Downham  S/B/SP/519  16th January 1756

Contents:
For leave to make a small bank along the boundaries of their lands [described] to keep out the tides, and for assistance in obtaining an Act of Parliament to drain and embank their lands.

Owners and occupiers of land in Ramsey, Holme, Stilton, Conington, Sawtry, Glatton, Yaxley and Farcet  S/B/SP/520  April 1756

Contents:
Five miles of the Nene between Whittlesey Mere and Ramsey High Lode needs scouring out, 24 feet wide and 3 feet deep, and an estimate for the work has been presented to the Corporation: for it to be done as soon as possible.

Lowe, John, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/521  1756

Contents:
For leave to build a stable on the west bank opposite Brand Creek house where he lives.
Whitsun 1756

Owners and occupiers of fen lands in Haddenham, Sutton, Wilburton and Stretham  S/B/SP/522  10th June 1756

Contents:
The 100 Foot Bank from the gault pits at Mepal to Earith Bridge is ruinous as a result of the late floods.

Owners and occupiers of land in the Middle Level  S/B/SP/523  10th June 1756

Contents:
For the Marshland Cut or the Tongs Drain to be run to relieve flooding in the Level

Commissioners of Sutton and Mepal Level  S/B/SP/524  10th June 1756

Contents:
For immediate repair of the 40 Foot Bank from Horseway to Welches Dam. (Postponed)

Ibbott, Bartholomew, stepfather of James Smith, an infant aged 4  S/B/SP/525  10th June 1756

Contents:
James inherited 21acres of adventure land at Ramsey from his father William, and Ibbott, who is now married to his mother, inadvertently failed to pay the tax due on it; ten acres of the land was accordingly sold by the Corporation to Mr Owen Fann of Ramsey, who refuses to sell it back to Ibbott: for relief, as once the land is conveyed to Fann there will be no remedy.

Inhabitants of Whittlesey, Doddington, March Wimblington, Benwick, Ramsey, Chatteris and Upwell  S/B/SP/526  10th June 1756

Contents:
For the Tongs at Nordelph Corner to be repaired so that it can be opened to assist the draining of the Middle Level.

Owners and occupiers of land in Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/527  11th June 1756

Contents:
For an assistant officer, resident at Sutton or Haddenham, to be appointed to attend to the very exposed south bank of the 100 Foot River from the hard lands near Over to the gault pits at Mepal.

Commissioners appointed for draining lands between the 100 Foot River and the Ouse  S/B/SP/528  30th July 1756

Contents:
For leave to cut tunnels through the west bank of the Ouse and the 100 Foot bak to carry water thrown out by proposed water engines into the rivers, also to erect an engine on the foreland next to the 100 Foot near Sutton Leas.

Commissioners appointed for draining lands between the 100 Foot River and the Ouse  S/B/SP/529  6th November 1756

Contents:
Were given leave to cut 5 tunnels and asked to reconsider 2 others; some unauthorised persons have cut the Corporation's banks to cause trouble: for leave to make the other 2 tunnels.

Taylor, James, esq. Lord of Manor of Over, and landowners and inhabitants of Over  S/B/SP/530  17th December 1756

Contents:
For renewal of existing lease of the feed and profit of Over Bank [details] and the forelands for a period of 21 years. [Endorsed, details of previous lease]

Owners of land near Moor's Drain in March  S/B/SP/531  April 1756

Contents:
For a pair of doors at the mouth of the drain to keep out the waters of the Nene.

Owners of land in part of South Level [boundaries given]  S/B/SP/532  undated [1756]

Contents:
For co-operation in draining their district and help in obtaining an Act of Parliament for the purpose.

In case of Baldwin v Blackmore esq  S/B/SP/533  1757

Contents:
[Stray document] counsel's opinion concerning paupers removed from Marsden [Lancs?] to Black Newton, Yorks, who returned to Marsden and were imprisoned - whether the wife was lawfully imprisoned or not.

Owners of fen lands between Brandon and Mildenhall Rivers  S/B/SP/534  21st April 1757

Contents:
For assistance in obtaining an Act of Parliament to drain their lands. (Referred to the next Whitsun meeting)

Commissioners and proprietors of lands lying between 100 Foot River and the Ouse  S/B/SP/535  20th/21st April 1757

Contents:
Their lands are still being flooded by water from Grunty Fen, although they have erected mills to drain the area; Grunty Fen was omitted from their drainage Act: for relief. (Referred to Whitsun meeting)

Commissioners of Upwell Level and owners and occupiers of land in it  S/B/SP/536  21st April 1757

Contents:
They have spent £30 allowed by the Corporation and 8 guineas more on repairing the north bank of the Old Bedford River, but it is still in poor condition: for more money for the work.

Landowners of Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/537  21st April 1757

Contents:
For repair of 5 miles of the west bank of the Ouse.

Owners of fen land between the bank east of Barroway Lode along the Ouse and Mildenhall River to Isleham and the hard lands of Isleham, Fordham, Soham and Barroway  S/B/SP/538  21st April ? 1757

Contents:
For assistance in making good banks to the lode and rivers. (Referred to Whitsun meeting)

Commissioners of Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/539  22nd April 1757

Contents:
For the same sum of money as last year to repair the banks of the Granta and other banks; they will contribute their moiety as they did last year.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/540  June 1757

Contents:
For restoration of droveway in Burnt Fen by the side of Mildenhall Drain, which has been let with the drain.

Brassitt, Ann, of Littleport  S/B/SP/541  28th May 1757

Contents:
For payment for 900 floors of earth dug from her land.

Small, Viner, esq  S/B/SP/542  1st June 1757

Contents:
For leave to repair the north bank of the River Wissey from Skipwith's Tunnell to the Ouse at his own cost, as the Corporation has neglected the work and his land is in danger; also for the Roundabout tunnel running under the Wissey into the 24 Foot Drain to be destroyed, as was ordered in 1708.

Occupiers of land near the 20 Foot or Black Bank  S/B/SP/543  2nd June 1757

Contents:
For £80 to be spent on repairing the bank from Welches Dam to Rogers' House near Sutton and Mepal, as the weather last year was too wet for the work to be done.

Owners and occupiers of fen land in Somersham, Colne and Earith  S/B/SP/544  undated

Contents:
For the Counterwash Drain from Mepal Bridge to Cranebrooke Drain to be scoured.

Owners of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/545  1757

Contents:
For Bevill's River or Leam to be scoured between Whittlesey Mere and Pond's Bridge, and the earth to be used to repair the south-east bank; they are willing to contribute to the cost of £200.

Commissioners of Waterbeach Level and other landowners and occupiers  S/B/SP/546  undated

Contents:
They have spent £80 in repairing parts of the west bank of the Granta: for assistance in repairing the rest.

Commissioners, owners and occupiers of fen land in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/547  1757

Contents:
They have spent over £80 in repairing 5 miles of the north bank of Mildenhall River above Baldwin's Lode, but at least £100 more is needed: for £50 towards the cost, and they will contribute the same amount.

Inhabitants of Bottisham  S/B/SP/548  undated

Contents:
For repair of doors of Bottisham sluice and the bank, to prevent flooding in Bottisham Fen.

Proprietors of fen lands between Ouse and Mildenhall Rivers and the hard lands of Isleham, Fordham, Soham and Wicken  S/B/SP/549  25th January 1758

Contents:
Remind the Board of their promise to help in drafting a bill for the draining of their area, and ask for assurance of financial help, to silence objectors

Owners of fen lands in Bottisham and Horningsea  S/B/SP/550  23rd February 1758

Contents:
For Bottisham Sluice and a breach in the bank at Hartridge near Horningsea to be repaired, as they intend to scour and embark Bottisham Lode at their own expense.

Commissioners and landowners for the level of Upwell, Outwell, Denver and Welney  S/B/SP/551  20th April 1758

Contents:
For further repairs to the north bank of the Old Bedford River, and for the Board to investigate the cost of bank repairs around the sluice at Wellmore Lake, which needs rebuilding.

Owners and Commissioners of land in South Level between Brandon River and Sam's Cut, to be drained by an Act of 1757  S/B/SP/552  5th/20th April 1758

Contents:
For money to repair north bank of Brandon River. (Read, considered, adjourned - £100 ordered... to raise £100 ...)

Landowners in South Level  S/B/SP/553  20th April 1758

Contents:
Advise Board not to give up their plan of repairing the banks of the 100 Foot River and the Ouse before spending any more money in the Middle and South Levels. (Not read)

Owners and occupiers of fen lands in Swaffham Prior and Burwell  S/B/SP/554  20th April 1758

Contents:
Willing to advance £50 for repair of east bank of Cam between Reach Lode and Swaffham Lode, and Reach SluiceL for Board to Allot further money. (Read; adjourned to Whitsun meeting, till Dep Surveyor hath had a view. £100 to be laid out; £50 adv; 30 from Bottisham, other 20)

Owners and occupiers of land next to south bank of Stoke River and Methwold Lode  S/B/SP/555  20th April 1758

Contents:
They have spent a great deal on repairs to the bank, but it is still in bad condition; for the Board to finish the work.

Dickins, Daniel, of Ely  S/B/SP/556  21st April 1758

Contents:
For repair of fence round 2 acres of land at Rossil Hill near the Ouse which the Corporation bought from him as his stock are in danger for want of the fence.

Commissioners of Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/557  21st April 1758

Contents:
For the Board's allowance to them of £25 a year to repair the banks of the Granta and the Ouse to be continued; they intend to apply to Parliament for an additional tax on their district.

Commissioners for Ely, Soham and Isleham lands  S/B/SP/558  21st January 1760

Contents:
For payment for lands which have been cut to repair the east banks of the cam and Ouse from Wicken hard lands to Prickwillow; details of agreement already reached in the matter (Read and adjourned)

Commissioners of lands between 100 Foot River and Ouse  S/B/SP/559  1759

Contents:
For the dykes and ditches of the Corporation's lands in their area to be surveyed and scoured.
Whitsun 1759

Commissioners of lands between the Cam, Ouse and Mildenhall Rivers  S/B/SP/560  1759

Contents:
Following a survey they ordered, for leave to cut a 12 foot drain from the 12 Foot Drain in Isleham to the 16 Foot Drain in Soham, at their own expense. (Read and ordered)
Whitsun 1759

Commissioners of lands between the 100 Foot River and the Ouse  S/B/SP/561  1759

Contents:
For the Corporation to pay them the taxes and arrears due on its lands. (Nothing done. Referred to future meeting)
Whitsun 1759

Commissioners of Feltwell Level  S/B/SP/562  undated

Contents:
For £45. 17s. 11d, part of £75 allotted the previous year and not all spent, to be allotted for repairing the north bank of Brandon River: they will advance a similar amount.

Commissioners of Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/563  undated

Contents:
For money to repair west bank of Granta, which is much damaged by watermen haling; they have already spent a great deal on it.

Commissioners of Upwell, Outwell, Denver and Welney levels  S/B/SP/564  undated

Contents:
For repair of north bank of Old Bedford River; they will match money advanced by Corporation.

Landowners in area between Mildenhall and Brandon Rivers, the First or Burnt Fen District  S/B/SP/565  undated

Contents:
For help in repairing banks in their district, to enable them to put their drainage plans into execution more easily when they have obtained their Act. (Read. Referred to the Estimate)

Commissioners of Mildenhall and landowners in the 2nd District  S/B/SP/566  [after July 1759] undated

Contents:
For help in repairing the north bank of Mildenhall River, which will cost £1000, as they have already spent a great deal of money in obtaining an Act of Parliament and their own repairs to the bank.

Bundle No.7.  [no ref.]  1760-68

Report of amount of mill tax due on invested lands in Middle Fen district.  S/B/SP/567  16th April 1760

Similar report for Downham Level.  S/B/SP/568  1760

Contents:
? Whitsun 1760

Longman, William  S/B/SP/569  17th April 1760

Contents:
For lease of cottage which he now occupies on the foreland of the south bank of the Bedford River below Mepal.

Hard, John  S/B/SP/570  17th April 1760

Contents:
For lease of cottage which he now occupies on the foreland of the south bank of the Bedford River below Mepal.

Moat, James  S/B/SP/571  April 1760

Contents:
For lease of cottage and part of bank adjoining it on the 20 Foot Bank at Welches Dam, which he has occupied for nearly 30 years. (Ordered)

Redshaw, Sarah, spinster, sister of late Beck Jenyns, widow  S/B/SP/572  undated [? 1760]


Related information: See S/B/SP/574

Contents:
For an annuity for life following her failure in a Chancery lawsuit to force the Corporation to renew a lease originally granted to her sister [details of family and lawsuit]. (Answered)

Owners and occupiers of land between River Wissey and Sam's Cut in Hilgay  S/B/SP/573  April 1760

Contents:
The south bank of the Wissey needs repair; they have raised £11. 5s and ask the Corporation for the remainder of the cost of £30. (Read; referred to the estimate)

Morley, Henry  S/B/SP/574  10th May 1760

Contents:
For lease of a cottage on the south bank of Bedford River near the tunnel at the end of the Croft River, which he has held since 1753 and fitted out as a public house [details of transactions concerning his previous tenure] (Order)

Owners and occupiers of land in Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffham Prior and Burwell Fens  S/B/SP/575  undated

Contents:
For help in repairing the north bank of Swaffham Lode, on which they have spent £60 and which has been badly damaged by horses pulling lighters belonging to Mr Rickard, a merchant of Swaffham Bulbeck, and the removal of a stanch made by him in the lode.

Spenceley, Thomas  S/B/SP/576  undated

Contents:
For lease of messuage and cottage on bank of Bedford River at Welney which he now occupies.

Commoners of Cottenham  S/B/SP/577  undated

Contents:
For the Corporation to spend £10 on repairing the south bank of the Ouse next to Chear Fen; they will advance £10.

Landowners in Sutton, Mepal, Chatteris and Somersham  S/B/SP/578  undated

Contents:
The Black or 20 Foot Bank from Sutton Meadlands to Welches Dam is badly damaged by carriages driving on it: if the Corporation will advance £40 for repairs they will do so too.

Inhabitants of Cottenham  S/B/SP/579  28th May 1760

Contents:
For repair of bank at Chear Fen.

Commissioners for Manea District  S/B/SP/580  undated

Contents:
For repair of north bank of Old Bedford River; they will contribute up to £40.

Morton, Mary, widow  S/B/SP/581  28th May 1760

Contents:
For bridge over 40 Foot River for access to her farm on the south side of the river at Doddington. (Ordered)

Ayres, Robert  S/B/SP/582  17th April 1760

Contents:
For lease of a cottage on the foreland of the south bank of the Bedford River below Mepal.

Owners of land in the wash on the north side of Morton's Leam in Whittlesey  S/B/SP/583  11th April 1761

Contents:
For payment of floors of earth taken from their land to repair Horsecroft Bank, the south bank of Morton's Leam; attached, account of earth taken, by Lodowick Boyce.

Owners and occupiers of land in Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/584  10th April 1761

Contents:
Asking that William Gilbert, son-in-law of the late Elizabeth Cook, sluice-keeper at the Hermitage, shall be given the post. (Read. Officer chose)

Commissioners and owners of fen lands in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/585  April 1761

Contents:
For further assistance in repairing the north bank of Mildenhall River above Baldwin's Lode, on which they have already spent £600 in addition to a sum allowed by the Corporation. (Read: Order made)

Peacocke, George, of Witchford  S/B/SP/586  April 1761

Contents:
For payment of £1. 42. 4d. for 36½ floors of earth dug out of his land in Wentworth Wash to mend the bank of the Old Bedford River, being additional to that already paid for by their officer Mr Kent.

Commissioners for Burnt Fen  S/B/SP/587  9th June 1761

Contents:
Have been informed that the Corporation intends not to pay its taxes on its land in their district, contrary to an earlier order: they are unable to complete the drainage work without the money and ask for support to continue.

Inhabitants of Doddington and March  S/B/SP/588  22nd April 1762

Contents:
For the Tongs Drain to be scoured, the banks raised and sluice doors repaired, so that the Middle Level water can be carried into the Ouse.

Owners and occupiers of land in Ramsey, Doddington, March, Benwick and Chatteris  S/B/SP/589  22nd April 1762

Contents:
For the Tongs Drain to be scoured, the banks raised and sluice doors repaired, so that the Middle Level water can be carried into the Ouse.

Inhabitants of Whittlesey  S/B/SP/590  22nd April 1762

Contents:
For the Tongs Drain to be scoured, the banks raised and sluice doors repaired, so that the Middle Level water can be carried into the Ouse.

Fortrey, James  S/B/SP/591  20th April 1762

Contents:
Renewal of request that the Corporation shall, after deciding not to, scour out the lower end of Queens Dyke into Sam's Cut; also willing to pay half the cost of repairing the south bank of Stoke River at Methwold Severals if the Corporation will pay the other half.

Owners and occupiers of land in Glatton, Holme, Conington, Sawtry, Stilton, Denton, Ramsey, Doddington, March, Benwick and Chatteris  S/B/SP/592  22nd April 1762

Contents:
For the Tongs Drain to be scoured, the banks raised and sluice doors repaired, so that the Middle Level water can be carried into the Ouse.

Commissioners of Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/593  1762

Contents:
For £25 towards repairing the west bank of the Granta; they will contribute the same amount. (Referred to DSG)

Mildenhall Commissioners and landowners  S/B/SP/594  21st April 1762

Contents:
For £100 towards repairing the north bank of Mildenhall River above Baldwin's Lode; they will contribute the same amount. (Referred to DSG)

Inhabitants of Upwell and Outwell  S/B/SP/595  22nd April 1762

Contents:
For the Tongs Drain to be scoured, the banks raised and sluice doors repaired, so that the Middle Level water can be carried into the Ouse.

Davis, Robert, banker at Welches Dam  S/B/SP/596  1762

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the inside of the wash bank there.
Whitsun 1762

Seccombe, Samuel  S/B/SP/597  1762

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on site of a former one on the north bank of wash lands below Welney Bridge, which he has purchased.
Whitsun 1762

Landowners and inhabitants of Upwell, Outwell and March  S/B/SP/598  7th August 1762

Contents:
The district is very short of water for people and cattle, and navigation in the Nene and Well Creek is very difficult: for leave to take in fresh water at Salter's Lode.

Commissioners for draining land on south side of 40-Foot River in Chatteris, and landowners  S/B/SP/599  1763

Contents:
For leave to remove the remains of an old bridge across Slade Lode, erect a sluice at the end of the lode and repair the road over it, all at their own expense.

Mildenhall commissioners and landowners  S/B/SP/600  April 1763

Contents:
For £60 towards repairing the north bank of Mildenhall River above Baldwin's Lode; they will contribute the same amount.

Owners and occupiers of land in Great West Fen, Hilgay  S/B/SP/601  20th April 1763

Contents:
For help in their application for an Act of Parliament to enable them to erect a mill, and in maintaining the banks of the fen.

Commissioners for draining land between the Cam, Ouse and Mildenhall Rivers  S/B/SP/602  21st April 1763

Contents:
For scouring of Clipsall Rivelet and Soham Lode.

Owners and occupiers of land between north bank of Brandon River above Feltwell District and south bank of Stoke River  S/B/SP/603  21st April 1763

Contents:
They have spent £22 in repairing the north bank of Brandon River, which belongs to the Corporation; for a contribution towards it and a further sum of money, which they will match.

Commissioners of Feltwell District  S/B/SP/604  21st April 1763

Contents:
For help in repairing the north bank of Brandon River, on which they have already spent a large sum. (Read and ordered)

Commissioners and landowners of Burnt Fen  S/B/SP/605  1763

Contents:
For assistance in completing the drainage of their district.
Whitsun 1763

Inhabitants of Ramsey, Manea, Chatteris, March, Upwell and Outwell  S/B/SP/606  13th May 1763

Contents:
For help in repairing the Middle Level banks after the winter's severe floods.

Jackling, John  S/B/SP/607  15th April 1764

Contents:
Letter recommending him as officer of the North Level for the ensuing year.

Labourers employed on east bank of Ouse in 1763  S/B/SP/608  April 1764

Contents:
To be paid for the loss of their time caused by James and John Place, occupiers of land from which they were taking earth, who ploughed up their work.

Commissioners for draining Great West Fen in Hilgay, and owners and occupiers of land there  S/B/SP/609  April 1764

Contents:
Their banks are in bad repair, and the annual tax will not pay for the repairs: for the Corporation to spend £20, and they will give the same amount; also for a lease of the east bank of the Ouse from Modney Court to Hilgay, to prevent damage caused by too much stock being put there.

Owners of land between Forty Foot bank and Popham's Eau  S/B/SP/610  April 1764

Contents:
The bank between Horseway and Garters Bridge is much damaged by haling, and recent bad weather has destroyed much of the repairs done two years ago: for £150 to put it into good repair. (Read, adjourned to Whitsun meeting)

Commissioners for Waterbeach Level and owners and occupiers of land there  S/B/SP/611  April 1764

Contents:
They have spent £90 in repairing a serious breach caused by floods in the west bank of the Granta near Upware on 6th Jan last, and have had very heavy expenditure in repairing other banks, which are in very bad condition: for financial assistance

Mr Cawthorn's bill for repairing a breach in south bank of Bedford River [detailed account]  S/B/SP/612  April 1764

Commissioners for Manea and Welney District  S/B/SP/613  April 1764

Contents:
For £40 towards repair of north bank of Bedford River, and they will advance the same amount.

Commissioners, owners and occupiers of fen lands at Mildenhall  S/B/SP/614  6th April 1764

Contents:
Have spent £40 in repairing the north bank of Mildenhall River above Baldwin's Lode: much remains to be done, and if the Corporation will allot them £60 they will advance the same amount

Owners and occupiers of land in Ramsey and Doddington  S/B/SP/615  undated [April 1764?]

Contents:
For repair of north bank of 40-Foot Drain from 40-Foot Bridge in Ramsey to Carters Bridge at Chatteris Common.

Kerrich, Mary, widow, Catharine Patrick and other occupiers of 500 acres of land in Warboys lot 16 adjoining the West Water  S/B/SP/616  December 1764

Contents:
For leave to remove dams erected in their mill drain, to widen the drain and to have a lease of the site of their water engine.

Commissioners, owners and occupiers of land in Level of Upwell, Outwell, Denver and Welney  S/B/SP/617  April 1764

Contents:
For £50 to be spent on repairing the north bank of the Old Bedford River, out of the 1766 taxes; they will advance the money until then, and £50 more. (Read; R Whit meeting)

Inhabitants of Methwold, Feltwell, Hockwold with Wilton, Hilgay and Southery  S/B/SP/618  April 1764

Contents:
For money to be spent on repairing the banks of Brandon and Stoke Rivers, which were badly damaged by recent floods.

Inhabitants of Cottenham  S/B/SP/619  April 1764

Contents:
South bank of Ouse almost destroyed by recent floods: if the Corporation will pay half the cost of repair they will advance the rest.

Commissioners of Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/620  April 1764

Contents:
For £50 towards repair of west bank of Ouse; they will advance the same amount.

Owners and occupiers of land in Ramsey, Warboys, Fenton, Pidley, Somersham, Bluntisham, Earith, Colne, Chatteris and Manea  S/B/SP/621  April 1764

Contents:
The banks of the 40 Foot and Bedford Rivers are overflowed almost every year and much of the Middle Level flooded: for a cut from the lower end of Bedford River to Well Creek, or the other pair of doors at the end of Bedford River to be opened.

Wooll, John, waterman  S/B/SP/622  April 1764

Contents:
For recompense for a lighter sunk and other losses incurred when he assisted with the repair of a breach in the bank of the 100-Foot River. (Nil to be entered)

Ground, Thomas, of Whittlesey, gent, owner of land at Stonea in Doddington lately belonging to Sir George Warren  S/B/SP/623  April 1764

Contents:
For leave to make a tunnel under the 16-Foot Drain so that he can drain his land with a mill.

Inhabitants of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/624  April 1764

Contents:
for £18 towards repair of banks of Stalload Fen; they will advance the same amount.

Owners of land in Sutton and Mepal Levels  S/B/SP/625  1764

Contents:
Two miles of the 40-Foot Bank from Grooms Corner to Welches Dam and three miles of the 20-Foot or Black Bank from Welches Dam to Rogers' House are badly damaged by traffic on them and by floods, and the 20-Foot Drain from Bedford River to Sutton Gault is overgrown: for money to repairs, and they will advance the same amount.
Whitsun 1764

Commissioners of Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/626  1764

Contents:
For leave to make tunnels in the 100-Foot bank to drain their land flooded by breaches in Over bank.

Owners and occupiers of fen lands in Burwell, Swaffham Prior, Swaffham Bulbeck, Bottisham, Quy and Horningsea  S/B/SP/627  April 1765

Contents:
Much of their land is flooded and cannot pay taxes: for the Corporation's help in raising money and providing a substantial bank to the Granta.

Commissioners, owners and occupiers of fen land in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/628  3rd April 1766

Contents:
For the Corporation to advance £60 towards repair of north bank of Mildenhall River, and they will advance the same amount (Read and ordered)

Trustees of Wisbech Turnpike  S/B/SP/629  14th February 1766

Contents:
For assistance in repairing Waldersea Bank where their road passes over it; they cannot afford the £3000 needed.

Inhabitants of Barway  S/B/SP/630  14th April 1766

Contents:
For repair of Goosefen Bridge over Soham Lode.

Jenyns, Soames, esq, of Audley Square  S/B/SP/631  12th April 1766

Contents:
Letter supporting "Swaffham petition" for some proposed works. [No details given]

Commissioners for draining lands between 100-Foot River and Ouse  S/B/SP/632  April 1767

Contents:
For repair of tunnels through 100-Foot Bank, which drain their land. (Endorsed, note that the four lowest tunnels are referred to, and asking leave to do repairs themselves if Corporation will not do them)

Owners and occupiers of land in Manea and Welney Fens  S/B/SP/633  April 1767

Contents:
For help in repairing the 20-Foot or Black Bank between Welches Dam and Welney.

Commissioners of Waterbeach Level, and owners and occupiers of land there  S/B/SP/634  April 1767

Contents:
For help in reapiring the west bank of the Granta, damaged by high water levels and haling.

Commissioners and owners and occupiers of fen lands in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/635  April 1767

Contents:
The north bank of Mildenhall River above Baldwin's Lode needs repair, which will cost at least £100: if the Corporation will provide £50 they will advance the same amount.

Coulson, Micah  S/B/SP/636  April 1767

Contents:
His lands at Haddenham are charged with the repair of Aldreth High Bridge over the Ouse, part of the ancient road called Aldreth Causeway; 3 piers have fallen down and the whole bridge needs rebuilding; at present it has 8 piers, as formerly the Ouse flowed under it, but now most of the water goes by the 100-Foot: for leave to rebuild it shorter.

Swann, John  S/B/SP/637  1767

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100-Foot bank near Oxlode. (Granted under direction of Mr Danthorne)

Towson, John  S/B/SP/638  April 1768

Contents:
For a 21-year lease of his cottage on the 100-Foot bank.

Owners and occupiers of land in Sawtry, Woodwalton, Conington and Holme  S/B/SP/639  April 1768

Contents:
For deepending and widening of Monks Lode, Hooks Lode, Burbeech Stream and the New Cut.

Landowners in Downham, Littleport, Hilgay, Feltwell, Burnt Fen, Mildenhall, Soham, Waterbeach, Swaffham and Bottisham  S/B/SP/640  April 1768

Contents:
The River Ouse, which used to be 14 feet deep, is now seriously obstructed by silt, which is endangering their attempts at drainage: for relief.

Landowners in Burnt Fen and Whelpmore districts  S/B/SP/641  Undated [1768]

Contents:
For the Corporation to pay the balance of taxes due to them on its lands in their district at Midsummer last.

Owners of fen lands in Lakenheath and Brandon  S/B/SP/642  Undated [1768]

Contents:
They have obtained an Act of Parliament for draining their land: for financial assistance.

Commissioners of Feltwell District  S/B/SP/643  1768

Contents:
For the Corporation to advance money for repair of north bank of Brandon River, and they will advance the same amount.

Commoners of Cottenham  S/B/SP/644  April 1768

Contents:
The south bank of the Ouse next to Chear Fen needs repair, which will cost £50: if the Corporation will grant half the money they will advance the other half.

Simpson, Thomas  S/B/SP/645  undated [1768]

Contents:
for leave to build a cottage at the lower end of the west bank of the Ouse and have a lease of it for 21 years.

Trustees of Ely Charity Estate and owners and occupiers of land adjacent to Clipsall River in Soham  S/B/SP/646  April 1768

Contents:
For the river to be scoured.

Tokelove, William, late officer of the South Level  S/B/SP/647  undated [1768]

Contents:
He spent £103. 12s on work during floods in 1767 but has only received £4. 10s. 3d from the corporation; in particular payment for work on the north banks of Brandon and Stoke Rivers was refused; he is threatened with a lawsuit because of his debts: for payment of the bills

Bundle No.8  [no ref.]  1770-89

Part of Thomas Brassit's estimate for 1737 for bank repairs, used as label of bundle 8.  S/B/SP/648  c1737

Commissioners and owners and occupiers of fen lands in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/649  April 1769

Contents:
For payment of part of the expense of repairing a breach in the north bank of Mildenhall River (£81) and further repairs (totalling £291), and £150 for future repairs, for which they will advance the same sum.

Simpson, Thomas  S/B/SP/650  April 1769

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the east bank of the Ouse near Hunts Sluice.

Commissioners of Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/651  undated [1769]

Contents:
For money to repair the bank of the West River; they will advance half. (Read. £25 ordered)

Commissioners for Feltwell District  S/B/SP/652  April 1769

Contents:
For money to complete repair of north bank of Brandon River; they will advance the same amount.

Commissioners for Lakenheath and Brandon Fens  S/B/SP/653  17th April 1769

Contents:
For £150 to repair 12 furlongs of Stalload Bank; they have spent £2700 on other repairs. (Read, nothing granted)

Commissioners for Burnt Fen first district  S/B/SP/654  April [1769]

Contents:
For a timber bridge across the Ouse near Littleport for access to the fen; for the "spade machine" to be worked at every neap tide to deepen the river; for £100 a year towards discharging their debts; they will raise an equal sum. (Read. ? nothing)

Commissioners and owners and occupiers of land in Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/655  April 1769

Contents:
For financial assistance in repairing the west bank of the Granta, damaged by haling; they will advance an equal sum. (Read, £25 granted)

Inhabitants of Cottenham  S/B/SP/656  April 1769

Contents:
For half the money needed to repair the south bank of the Ouse; they will advance the other half. (Read and answered)

Owners and occupiers of land adjoining the 16-Foot Drain in Wimblington hamlet in Doddington and Chatteris  S/B/SP/657  April 1769

Contents:
For two miles of the drain to be scoured, which will cost £99, to help them drain their land.

Inhabitants of Burwell and Wicken and owners of land in Burwell and Wicken Fens  S/B/SP/658A  April 1769

Contents:
For the Corporation to contribute £20 towards the repair of Upware Sluice and the east bank of the Cam from the sluice to Wicken hard lands; they have already raised and spent their amount. (Attached, 658B, detailed account of money already spent)

Gould, Charles  S/B/SP/659  14th April 1770

Contents:
Letter to Charles Nalson Cole, supporting request of Waterbeach Level for financial assistance; he may not be able to attend the Board meeting.

Commissioners for Waterbeach Level and owners and occupiers of land there  S/B/SP/660  April 1770

Contents:
For financial assistance in repairing their banks, which are in bad condition: they cannot afford all the work needed.

Parishioners of Downham, Isle of Ely  S/B/SP/661  19th April 1770

Contents:
They have always travelled on the 100-Foot Bank without paying toll, but last year's tenant, John Foreman, refused to let them pass, though their lands have been cut for repair of the bank: for the new tenant to be instructed not to charge them.

Ousden, William  S/B/SP/662  April 1770

Contents:
For a lease of his cottage on the Ten Mile Bank near Modney Coat Mile. (Granted)

Commissioners and proprietors of Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/663  April 1770

Contents:
For £20 towards repair of west bank of Ouse, which was badly damaged by floods in 1767 and 1768; they will advance the same amount

Saffery, Edmund  S/B/SP/664  19th April 1770

Contents:
For a lease of the Corporation's part of the Long Wash, part of which was "decreed" to his grandfather Richard in 1717, or else for them to purchase his part; also for the feed of the lower part of the north bank of the Old Bedford River abutting on his lands, as recompense for what he and his father have spent in repairing it; in return they will keep the bank in repair. (Referred to next April meeting)

Smart, Frances, widow  S/B/SP/665  undated [1770?]

Contents:
For continuation of her tenancy of a cottage on the 100-Foot Bank, which she held from Dingley Askham Esq. (Entered, answered)

Read, Joseph, of Sutton in the Isle, labourer  S/B/SP/666  [1770]

Contents:
For continuation of his tenancy of a cottage which he has lately erected on a piece of the Corporation's waste ground at Sutton Gault. (Answered, entered)

Morris, Mary, widow  S/B/SP/667  April 1770

Contents:
For continuation of her tenancy of a cottage on the 100-Foot Bank, which she held from Dingley Askham Esq. (Answered, entered)

Green, John  S/B/SP/668  April 1770

Contents:
For renewal of his lease of a cottage on the east bank of the Ouse, originally granted to Sarah Ireland. (Answered, entered)

Cutteris, John  S/B/SP/669  April 1770

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on Burnt Fen Bank at Copthall below Prickwillow. (Answered, entered)

Lister, John  S/B/SP/670  April 1770

Contents:
For continuation of his tenancy of a cottage on the 100-Foot Bank, which he held from Dingley Askham Esq. (Grant at 2s. 6d)

Finch, William of Cambridge  S/B/SP/671  undated [1770?]

Contents:
To be allowed access to the lands in Whelpmoor which he purchased last April, as his neighbours will not let him pass through their lots. (Answered, entered)

Morley, Henry, junior  S/B/SP/672  April 1770

Contents:
Is lessee of part of Little New Barnes estate, under James Harkness Esq; a considerable part of a close of pasture called Roswell Hill has been taken by the Corporation for repairing banks, and they have now leased the rest of it; he has received only £5 compensation: for more (£7 ordered)

Owners of land in Cawdle Fen, Ely  S/B/SP/673  1st January 1770

Contents:
For leave to take earth from Roswell Hill for the repair of their banks; details of work already done and money raised.

Commissioners for draining lands between 100-Foot Bank and Ouse  S/B/SP/674  13th July 1770

Contents:
For leave to repair or replace a tunnel through the Ten Mile Bank which discharges water from May Lode into the Ouse; they intend to erect a mill there.

Commissioners for Upwell, Outwell, Denver and Welney  S/B/SP/675  1772

Contents:
For leave to erect a mill and engine on the north bank of the Old Bedford River.

Merchants and watermen trading on the Cam between Cambridge and King's Lynn  S/B/SP/676  16th April 1773

Contents:
For someone to be appointed to close the gates of Denver Sluice at neap tides in order to keep enough water in the river to allow navigation, which is hindered at present.

Finch, William  S/B/SP/677  undated [after 1774]

Contents:
In 1774 leave was granted to open St John's Eau to relieve flooding in the South Level, and he was involved in employing Mr Walby to draw up a plan and estimate for the work, which was then abandoned in favour of a general plan involving the Middle Level as well: for payment for Mr Walby's bill. (Read; considered; rejected)

Corporation to Parliament  S/B/SP/678  1774

Contents:
For leave to bring in a bill to allow them to raise extra taxes to cover the cost of their work, and otherwise amend their 1767 Act.

Owners of fen lands in Holme, Yaxley, Ramsey, Wood Walton, Bury, Wistow, Warboys, Pidley, Fenton, Colne, Somersham, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Doddington, Benwick, Sutton, Mepal and Byall Fen  S/B/SP/679  19th April 1774


Related information: See S/B/SP/690

Contents:
For leave to scour and enlarge Popham's Eau and the 16-Foot Drain at their own expense, and to make a communication between the 16-Foot and 40-Foot Drains.

Owners of fen lands in Northwold, Stoke Ferry, Wretton, Wereham and West Dereham  S/B/SP/680A  February 1775

Contents:
For leave to stop the waters of East Fen running into Roxham Drain and overflowing into their lands; they used to run into Stoke River or the Wissey.

Dunthorne, Richard  S/B/SP/680B  January 1775

Contents:
Certificate as to the state of the banks in East Fen and remedy proposed.

Corporation's order giving petitioners leave to stop water running into Roxham Drain and turn them along the side of Stoke Causeway and through a tunnel under it near the end of Stoke Bridge, at their own expense.  S/B/SP/680C  17th February 1775

Reasons against a clause proposed to be inserted into an Act for draining fens in Wisbech and Guyhirn, on north side of Wisbech River.  S/B/SP/681  19th April 1775

Order of Corporation concerning intention to apply for Act of Parliament to enable them to raise extra taxes, to be used for improving the outfall at King's Lynn and deepening the main rivers.  S/B/SP/682  April 1775

Owners and occupiers of fen lands in Middle Level  S/B/SP/683  1776

Contents:
Against a proposal to turn waters of Vermuyden's Eau or 40-Foot Drain into Thurloe's Drain, as it would result in their lands being drowned.
Whitsun 1776

Similar petition to S/B/SP/683  S/B/SP/684  undated [1776]

Inhabitants of Whittlesey  S/B/SP/685  undated [1776]

Contents:
Declaration that they signed petition mentioned in 683 in error, and that they are now against the scheme.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/686  April 1779

Contents:
For financial assistance in their work.

Landowners in March  S/B/SP/687  20th April 1779

Contents:
For the ebb door at Salter's Lode sluice to be shut, in order to keep enough water in the river for navigation and for support of cattle.

Commissioners for Feltwell, Hockwold with Wilton, and Lakenheath (Hockwold 2nd District)  S/B/SP/688  21st April 1779

Contents:
For £100 to repair north bank of Brandon River, on which they have spent more than £1500.

Duke of Manchester, Earl of Sandwich and others, to the Lord Chancellor and Chief Justices  S/B/SP/689  undated [c 1770-80?]

Contents:
For a Commission of Sewers for the River Ouse from Tempsford Bridge to Over Lode.

Landowners in greater part of Middle Level  S/B/SP/690  undated [c 1770-80?]


Related information: See S/B/SP/679

Contents:
For alterations to proposed Bill for improving drainage of Middle and South Levels: for scouring or widening of Tongs Drain, river between Salter's Lode sluice and Popham's Eau, Popham's Eau and 16-Foot Drain, and a communication between the 16-Foot and 40-Foot Drains. (Read. Referred to Monday)

Inhabitants of Soham  S/B/SP/691  undated [c 1780?]


Related information: See S/B/SP/699

Contents:
For scouring of Clipsal Rivulet and Soham Lode, which are much grown up.

Thompson, John  S/B/SP/692  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100-Foot Bank at Motts Hill, where a house formerly stood. (Granted)

Commissioners of Burnt Fen Second District in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/693  April 1780

Contents:
For financial assistance towards cost of repairing river bank; estimate for £104. 1s. 4d (detailed) appended. (Read, postponed, rejected)

Marshall, William, on behalf of Francis Dixon esq  S/B/SP/694  undated [April 1780?]

Contents:
Has paid £10. 7s. 8d tax on lands formerly belonging to the heirs of Thomas Moore esq which were supposed to have been conveyed to him but had not been: for relief.

Commissioners of Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/695  April 1780

Contents:
For help in repairing north bank of Ouse.

Commissioners of Manea and Welney Levels  S/B/SP/696  April 1780

Contents:
For help in scouring about two miles of the 40-Foot Drain. (Endorsed, order for £30 to be paid when the work is done)

Bedford, John  S/B/SP/697  undated [? 1780]

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the foreland at the back of the 100-Foot Bank near Earith Bridge. (Granted as a lease for 21 years)

Lofts, William  S/B/SP/698  20th April 1780

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the furlong of the bank near Oxlode. (Granted on usual terms)

Landowners in Soham and Middle Fen districts  S/B/SP/699  undated [April 1780?]

Contents:
For a further £100 to be added to the £200 already granted for the scouring of Clipsal Rivulet and Soham Lode, which will cost £550. (Estimate to be made; if work felt to be in the general interest £100 to be paid when it is completed)

Commissioners and landowners in Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/700  undated [1780?]

Contents:
For financial assistance in repairing banks of Brandon and Mildenhall Rivers. (Read, postponed)

Bradley, Richard  S/B/SP/701  April 1780

Contents:
He had an assigned lease of a cottage on the south bank of Morton's Leam, which was burnt down two years ago, and he rebuilt it, understanding that he would be granted a further 21-year lease; the original lease has now expired: for its renewal. (Rejected until behaviour altered; nuisance on the bank to be abated)

Owners and occupiers of land in Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/702  April 1780

Contents:
For help in repairing their banks. (Read and postponed. £60 advanced)

Landowners and inhabitants of March  S/B/SP/703  undated [1780?]

Contents:
They are short of water because of two years' drought and the lowness of the River Nene: for the keeper of Salter's Lode Sluice to be directed to let in enough tides to supply their needs.

Inhabitants of March, Wimblington, Doddington, Benwick and Whittlesey  S/B/SP/704  9th August 1780

Contents:
For water to be let into the Nene through Stanground Sluice, to relieve the drought.

Owners and occupiers of fen lands in Upwell, Outwell, Welney and March  S/B/SP/705  21st August 1780

Contents:
For permission to take in water at neap tides to relieve a shortage, at Salter's Lode Sluice.

Elstobb, William, land surveyor and engineer  S/B/SP/706  April 1781

Contents:
Copies of correspondence from 9th August 1779 onwards concerning payment of his account and criticism of his work.

Register, William  S/B/SP/707  April 1781

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage near Hunts Sluice.

Langman, John  S/B/SP/708  April 1781

Contents:
Has hired tolls at Denver Sluice, but people drive their stock across the river elsewhere to avoid the toll: for the toll gate to be moved to within 10 yards of his house.

Commissioners and landowners of Burnt Fen in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/709  undated [1781?]

Contents:
For help in repairing north bank of Ouse, on which they have spent large sums of money.

Owners of lands near Counterwash Drain in Sutton, Mepal, Witcham, Chatteris and Byall Fen  S/B/SP/709A  undated

Contents:
For drain to be scoured.

Commissioners and landowners of 2nd District under Hockwold Drainage Act  S/B/SP/710  17th April 1781

Contents:
For £50 to repair north bank of Brandon River.

Landowners and inhabitants of Stanground, Farcet, Yaxley, Holme and Ramsey  S/B/SP/711  April 1781

Contents:
For the repair of a pen sluice near Farcet, to improve navigation up to Peterborough; they scoured part of the Nene at their own expense in 1779.

Johnson, Joseph  S/B/SP/712  April 1781

Contents:
For a new 21-year lease of his house on the back of the 100-Foot Bank, lately leased to Robert Ayres.

Landowners and occupiers of Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/713  undated [1781?]

Contents:
For help in repairing the banks of the Ouse, Mildenhall and Brandon Rivers in their district; they cannot afford the work because of unpaid taxes.

Blalack, Richard, of Downham  S/B/SP/714  19th April 1781

Contents:
Apology for cutting a docking in the foreland of 100-Foot Bank; willing to pay compensation: for action against him to be stopped. (At foot, note of order made in case, 22nd April 1780.) (Answered)

Various inhabitants of Downham, Isle of Ely  S/B/SP/715  29th May 1781

Contents:
Had bought Corporation land to dig for turf, but were forbidden to do so; apology for their action and promise not to dig any more turf.

Owners and occupiers of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/716  17th May 1782

Contents:
For the River Nene to be dug out, to aid navigation and prevent flooding.

Commissioners for embanking Sutton Washes  S/B/SP/717  April 1782

Contents:
For financial help in repairing the bank from Earith to Oxlode. (Rejected)

Owners and occupiers of land adjoining Black Sluice  S/B/SP/718  April 1782

Contents:
For financial help in scouring the drain.

Owners and occupiers of fen lands between the River Granta and the high lands of Burwell, Wicken and Fordham  S/B/SP/719  April 1782

Contents:
For repair of Upware Sluice and the bank between it and the high lands of Upware.

Owners and occupiers of lands between Lakenheath Lode, south bank of Brandon River and Burnt Fen Bank  S/B/SP/720  April 1782

Contents:
For financial help in repairing their banks. (Rejected)

Owners of adventure lands in Chatteris, March, Wimblington, Manea and Somersham  S/B/SP/721  20th March/April 1782

Contents:
Pointing out injustice of forbidding landowners to dig turf on adventure lands and suggesting ways of preventing abuses of the right.

Inhabitants of March  S/B/SP/722  27th April 1782

Contents:
For the Tongs drain to be opened to remove water from their land, as it is time to plough. (Read at a Board, April 30th - order sent down for running)

Commissioners and landowners of 2nd District under Hockwold Drainage Act, adjoining north bank of Brandon River  S/B/SP/723  1782

Contents:
For £50 to help repair the bank, damaged by floods. (Answered, £50 granted)

Commissioners for Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/724  undated [1782?]

Contents:
For financial help in repairing west bank of River Granta, damaged by floods in April. (A sum ordered not exceeding £100)

Proprietors and commissioners of Burnt Fen district  S/B/SP/725  14th April 1782

Contents:
For financial help in repairing banks; their surveyor to present estimates to Corporation. (£200 granted).

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 2nd District, Mildenhall  S/B/SP/726  18th April 1782

Contents:
For financial help in repairing banks, still in bad condition despite previous year's work. (? £50 - petitioners to advance ? same)

Owners and occupiers of lands near the West River or Old Ouse in Willingham, Rampton, Cottenham, Landbeach, Waterbeach, Wicken, Sutton, Haddenham, Wilburton, Stretham and Thetford  S/B/SP/727  April 1782

Contents:
For leave to scour river from Hermitage Sluice to Cam, about 10 miles, and for assistance in work, estimated to cost £2098. 19s. 9d; they hope to raise at least £950.

Commissioners for Lakenheath and Brandon District  S/B/SP/728  20th May 1782

Contents:
Estimate for repairing banks of Brandon River and Lakenheath Lode, and request for financial help; they have never had any before.

Denston, John  S/B/SP/729  April 1783

Contents:
For a 21-year lease of his cottage on Welney Bank, lately in possession of William Palmer.

Young, William, of Watton, Norfolk, shopkeeper  S/B/SP/730  April 1783

Contents:
Administrator of late Robert Young of Downham Market; James Harris of Welney borrowed money from Young, and becoming insolvent conveyed to him in 1774 a cottage on south bank of Bedford River of which he was only a tenant; Young lived in the cottage: for a lease for 21 years.

Snelling, William, and Hugh Wooll, overseer and churchwarden of Welney, on behalf of children of late James Harris of Welney  S/B/SP/731  April 1783

Contents:
For lease of cottage on south bank of Bedford River of which Harris was formerly tenant, for 7 years.

Commissioners and landowners of 2nd Hockwold District  S/B/SP/732  April 1783

Contents:
For £50 towards repair of north bank of Brandon River; they will advance the same amount.

Commissioners, owners and occupiers of fen lands in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/733  April 1783

Contents:
For £100 towards repair of north bank of Mildenhall River above Baldwin's Lode; they will advance the same amount. (Granted)

Burnt Fen District  S/B/SP/734  April 1783

Contents:
For financial help in repairing their banks. (Granted)

Owners and occupiers of land draining into Bevill's Leam from Shaw's Dyke to Hobbs Drain and through Moors Drain to the Nene  S/B/SP/735  April 1783

Contents:
For these drains to be scoured.

Smith, Thomas  S/B/SP/736  April 1783

Contents:
For financial help in scouring Monks Lode alongside his farm, Higney Grange in Ramsey.

Owners and occupiers of lands in Middle Level  S/B/SP/737  April 1783

Contents:
For repair of banks of Tongs Drain between Well Creek and the Ouse, to prevent flooding of their lands.

Owners and occupiers of lands on both sides of River Nene in Upwell, Welney, Denver and Outwell  S/B/SP/738  April 1783

Contents:
For help in conveying high water in the Nene out to sea: the Tongs Wash banks are in bad repair and the Nene silted up.

Inhabitants of Whittlesey and owners and occupiers of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/739  April 1783

Contents:
For the rivers in the Level to be scoured, especially Popham's Eau, which should be scoured twice a year, and for the Tongs Drain to be scoured and the banks repaired, in order to carry off water from their lands.

Moore, John  S/B/SP/740  April 1783

Contents:
For a 21-year lease of his house on the 16-Foot Bank, at the same rent, £4 a year. (Granted)

Horne, William, of Welney  S/B/SP/741  April 1783

Contents:
For renewal of a 21-year lease of a cottage on Welney Low Bank at 10s. a year, which was granted to his late father in 1762 and subsequently assigned to him; he has a wife and 11 children. (Granted)

Inhabitants of parishes through which River Nene passes  S/B/SP/742  1784

Contents:
The river dried up in droughts of 1780 and 1781, and has now almost done so again, causing a severe shortage of water: for water to be let into the river through the sluices at Salter's Lode and Stanground.

Owners and occupiers of lands in Middle Level  S/B/SP/743  1784

Contents:
For further money to be granted for repairing north bank of Bedford Wash

Owners and occupiers of lands in Middle Level  S/B/SP/744  14th January 1786

Contents:
For Tongs Drain to be opened, as the waters in the rivers are four feet above the soil, and the banks of the Nene, Bevill's River, Whittlesey Dyke and Well Creek are in danger. (Received 20th January - an order for the prayer of this petition sent down by post to Ely Jan 17, three days before this arrived)

Copy of order of Board following petition from Lord Aylesford by his agent Elbro Woodcock  S/B/SP/745  21st April 1786

Contents:
Concerning the threat to Burwell Fen from the state of Upware Sluice and the bank between it and the high ground of Upware, also a complaint that the Commissioners of Stretham District have destroyed a road used by his tenants: on hearing the evidence [detailed] the Board finds it is powerless to act.

Finch, William  S/B/SP/746  1787

Contents:
Concerning a muddle over land purchased by him in Burnt Fen and payment of taxes on it, which has led to part of the land being sold and his access to the river being lost: for relief. (Rejected)
Whitsun 1787

Owners and occupiers of adventure lands in March and Wimblington  S/B/SP/747  18th April 1787

Contents:
For a sluice at the Twenty-foot end, at Moor's Drain in March, where there used to be a sluice, to prevent water flowing back up the Nene.
(Mr Gelburn? to view, report - and if necessary to fix ? frame and ? report)

Finch, William  S/B/SP/748  1787

Contents:
For possession of 80 acres of land in Whelpmore Fen he purchased in April, formerly the property of Henry Morley esq [detailed accountof transactions]. (Rejected)
Whitsun 1787

Owners of lands in Middle Level  S/B/SP/749  1787

Contents:
For the Tongs Sluice to be opened to run off water, as the rivers are four feet about the level of the land.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 2nd District in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/750  15th April 1788

Contents:
For the bottom of the river four or five miles up from Prickwillow Bridge to be scoured by the spade engine.

Redhead, Henry, of Mepal  S/B/SP/751  30th May 1789


Related information: See also S/B/SP/756, S/B/SP/757

Contents:
He rented Mepal Bridge House from the Corporation for 21 years at £45 a year, agreeing to pay taxes and do all repairs needed; he has been assessed very heavily for taxes, and the building is in such poor condition that thorough repairs will cost £313. 3s. 6d, which he cannot afford: for relief

Smart, Robert, of Welney  S/B/SP/752  1789

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the north bank of the Old Bedford River at the Thorn Bush, 1 1/2 miles above Welmoor Lake. (Granted)
Whitsun 1789

Bundle No.9.  [no ref.]  1790-98

Owners and occupiers of land in the lower district of Chatteris and adjacent parishes, also in Somersham and Pidley cum Fenton  S/B/SP/753  1790

Contents:
For the rebuilding of Slade Lode Bridge in Chatteris.
Whitsun 1790

Commissioners of Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/754  1790

Contents:
For financial help in repairing their banks. [Detailed estimate for repairs to Ouse, Mildenhall and Brandon banks attached, total cost £310. 5s]. (Ordered £150 on usual terms)

Commissioners and landowers of Hockwold 2nd District  S/B/SP/755  1790

Contents:
For £50 towards repair of north bank of Brandon River; they will advance the same amount. (£50 granted on usual terms)

Redhead, Henry, of Mepal, victualler  S/B/SP/756  21st April 1790

Contents:
Similar petition to S/B/SP/751; public house named The Three Pickerels; estimates yearly expenditure on rent and taxes at £63. 0s. 6d; for lower rent or other relief.

Redhead, Henry, of Mepal  S/B/SP/757  22nd May 1790

Contents:
Similar petition S/B/SP/751 and 756, referring to Mepal Bridge House; asks for money to be advanced for repairs; many details of his circumstances.

Bambridge, Matthew, of Chatteris  S/B/SP/758  21st April 1790

Contents:
For leave to build a house at Grooms Corner on the 40-Foot Bank near Horseway, where a house, now decayed, use to stand. (Rejected)

Gimbert, Edwards, of Sutton  S/B/SP/759  21st April 1790

Contents:
For leave to build a house on the north side of the Old Bedford Bank, on the upper side of Sutton Bridge, next to William Buttler's house, where a house stood over 40 years ago. (Read, rejected)

Landowners of Northwold  S/B/SP/760  2nd April 1790

Contents:
For repair of tunnels in banks around High Fen and Whittington Moore in Northwold Common, which were flooded last summer and autumn because of their bad state. (Resolved that... the said petition cannot be complied with)

Owners and occupiers of land in Sawtry, Conington, and Glatton with Holme  S/B/SP/761  3rd July 1793

Contents:
For scouring of Monk's Lode, New Dyke and the old Nene, also Brick Mere and Ugg mere.

Owners of fen lands in Middle and South Levels  S/B/SP/762  1794

Contents:
For financial help in obtaining an Act of Parliament to make a new cut from Eau Brink into the Ouse above King's Lynn, to improve the outfall. (Aid granted)
Whitsun 1794

Owners and occupiers of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/763  March 1794

Contents:
For the ebb doors at Salters Lode sluice to be "put off", as the drought and lack of scouring has lowered the waters in Whittlesey Dyke, Bevill's Leam and the Nene so far that navigation will soon become impossible. (Note that petition is asking for door at Stanground Sluice to be shut... see London Order Book)

Commissioners and landowners of Hockwold Second Distrct  S/B/SP/764  16th April 1794

Contents:
For £50 towards repair of north bank of Brandon River; they will advance the same amount.

Newbound, Roger, of Guyhirn Ferry, victualler  S/B/SP/765  19th February 1795

Contents:
His ferry boat, recently repaired and worth 16 guineas, was sunk in an effort to stop up a breach in the south bank of Morton's Leam during a recent flood: for compensation or a new boat. (Read; 5 guineas (?) ordered)

Commissioners for Burnt Fen District  S/B/SP/766  1795

Contents:
For help in repairing their banks after recent floods. [Detailed estimate for repairs to Ouse, Mildenhall and Brandon Banks attached, total £538]. (Granted)

Commissioners and landowners of Hockwold Second District  S/B/SP/767  15th April 1795

Contents:
For financial assistance in repairing north bank of Brandon River; they will advance the same amount.

Landowners of Waldersea  S/B/SP/768  10th April 1795

Contents:
For leave to remove obstructions in Elm Leam at their own expense. (Read, answered)

Owners of fen lands in Lakenheath and Brandon  S/B/SP/769  17th April 1797

Contents:
For financial assistance in repairing their banks. (£30 allowed on usual conditions)

Estimate by Lakenheath Commissioners of cost of repairing banks of Stalload Lode and Brandon River; total cost £170.  S/B/SP/770  17th April 1797

Mr Colhoun  S/B/SP/771  19th April 1797

Contents:
For leave to make a tunnel through bank of Lakenheath New Lode into dyke adjoining his farm, to provide water for his stock. (Granted)

Commissioners and landowners of Hockwold 2nd District  S/B/SP/772  19th April 1797

Contents:
For £50 towards repair of north bank of Brandon River; they will advance the same amount. (Given £40 on usual conditions)

Commissioners of Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/773  19th April 1797

Contents:
For financial help in repairing their banks; their bill for an additional acre tax is is now pending in Parliament. (£200 on terms granted)

Proprietors of commonable messuages at Northwold  S/B/SP/774  17th/19th April 1797

Contents:
To settle dispute between themseves and James Bradfield of Stoke Ferry, proprietor of the adventure lands in their parish, concerning his refusal to scour a dyke between his land and theirs.

Whish, Richard, clerk, on behalf of other Northwold commoners  S/B/SP/775  19th April [1797]

Contents:
For leave to appear personally in the dispute mentioned in 774. (Regr. to write to Mr Bradfield. Wrote the letter and sent it by Mr Wish)

Owners of land in Middle and South Level and elsewhere drained by the River Ouse through the harbour of King's Lynn  S/B/SP/776  undated c. 1798

Large parchment document

Contents:
For support in obtaining an Act of Parliament for a new cut from Eau Brink to King's Lynn, to shorten the course of the Ouse and improve drainage, which will cost £25,000.
6 copies of petition, each with many signatures

Owners of lands called Middlemore, Hern Common and Gore Common in Ramsey  S/B/SP/777  1798

Contents:
For the opening of Upwood Drain where it joins Bevill's Leam, and the rebuilding of Plummer's or Staffurth's Bridge across the drain, to help in drainage of their land. (On reading the Middlemore Act it appeared that the commoners are bound to erect their mills so as to throw the waters immediately into Bevill's Leam; ? of this Act the petitioners ? know nothing)

Commissioners of Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/778  1798

Contents:
For financial help; they hope soon to have sufficient money for repairs and other expenses. (Rejected)

Coulson, Henry, of Whittlesey, labourer  S/B/SP/779  undated [1798 ?]

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on south side of south bank of Morton's Leam, midway between Richard Bradley's house and Guyhirn. (Granted on terms)

Lawes, Stephen, of Welney  S/B/SP/780  undated [1798 ?]

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on 100-Foot Bank about four miles from Denver Sluice on the road to Mepal, and for a 21-year lease of it. (Leave given on taking lease etc 5s. rent)

Read, Thomas, of Sutton  S/B/SP/781  undated [1798 ?]

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the Old Bedford near or opposite a drove called Tubs' Cartway in Sutton. (Leave granted on terms)

Mott, Thomas, of Welney  S/B/SP/782  19th April [1798 ?]

Contents:
For leave to rebuild a cottage on the north bank of Old Bedford between Welney and Wellmore Lake, where he and his late father lived for many years. (Lease ordered with usual covenant... for 21 years. Rent 5s.)

Gimbert, Edward of Sutton Gault, labourer  S/B/SP/783  14th/18th April 1798

Contents:
Many years ago John Shuker let a cottage on the Old Bedford bank near Sutton Gault to John Robinson as his under-tenant, but about 30 years ago William Butler got possession of it and claims it as his own, not the Corporation's: for the Corporation to assert their rights in the cottage and grant him a 21-year lease of it. (Attached, letter from Shuker at Mepal stating that he and his grantfather were tenants of the bank and fisheries and let the cottage to Robinson. The occupier of the cottage to be ejected and a 21-year lease of the cottage granted to the petitioner

[Landowners of Haddenham Level]  S/B/SP/784  11th April 1798

Contents:
For leave to make a sluice into the 100-Foot River near Sutton Gault Pits to carry off water from Sutton and Mepal. (Ordered)

Owners of wash land in Sutton, Mepal, Witcham, Coveney and Downham  S/B/SP/785  undated

Contents:
For a sluice in the "great Dike" and other assistance. (The Superintendent [to]... prepare an estimate of raising the present wash bank 18 inches, and also the expense of a sluice ...)

Bell, Margaret, of Mepal, widow of Thomas Bell, victualler  S/B/SP/786  18th April [1798 ?]

Contents:
Four years ago her husband leased certain banks in Mepal for 7 years at 16 guineas a year: for the lease to be cancelled, as she is unable to occupy the banks or pay rent. (Granted)

Proprietors of fen lands in Lakenheath and Brandon  S/B/SP/787  17th April 1798

Contents:
For financial assistance in repairing their banks. (£50 granted)

Freeman, John  S/B/SP/788  18th April 1798 ?]

Contents:
For leave to erect a wheelwright's workshop on the 100-Foot Bank near Welney.

Commissioners and landowners of Hockwold 2nd District  S/B/SP/789  18th April [? 1798]

Contents:
For financial help in repairing north bank of Brandon River and the Hunt Sluice; they will advance the same amount. (£50 on usual terms)

Bundle No.10.  [no ref.]  1802-08

Thompson, Robert, of Southery, labourer  S/B/SP/790  18th April 1798

Contents:
For leave to build a house on the west bank of the Ouse nearly opposite Southery Ferry. (Lease to be granted - 5s. rent)

Staffurth, Abraham, of Ramsey  S/B/SP/791  8th June 1802

Contents:
For protection in an action of trespas brought against him by Jonathan Descon, concerning lands in Upwood Fen which he bought off the arrear roll between 1789 and 1794.

Barnes, William, of Welches Dam  S/B/SP/792  18th April 1804

Contents:
Dispute with Thomas Hinson, who has cut down willow trees on the "Low Bank" which Barnes believes are his property.

Hinson, Thomas, of Purls Bridge, Downham, "banker" and labourer  S/B/SP/793  [undated 1804]

Contents:
To be allowed to keep the cottage, the Chequers public house, on the Bedford Level bank, which he has held for 23 years. [Details of his circumstances included]

Washington, John, of Welney, victualler  S/B/SP/794  [undated 1804 ?]

Contents:
Similar petition to S/B/SP/793 concerning the Crown public house which he has held for 31 years. (Valuable house)

Read, Joseph, of Sutton Gault, fisherman  S/B/SP/795  [undated 1804 ?]

Contents:
Similar petition to S/B/SP/793 concerning the Pike public house which he has held for 36 years.

Hartley, William, of Parls Bridge, Downham, "banker" and victualler  S/B/SP/796  [undated 1804 ?]

Contents:
Similar petition to S/B/SP/793, concerning the Ship public house which he obtained by marriage and has held for 20 years.

Young, Thomas, of welch's Dam, victualler  S/B/SP/797  undated [1804 ?]

Contents:
Similar petition to S/B/SP/793 concerning the Three Fishes public house which he has held for 5 years, and his parents for 35 years before him. [Details of his circumstances included.] (hard case)

Lowe, Thomas, of Hilgay, yeoman  S/B/SP/798  undated [1804 ?]

Contents:
Similar petition to S/B/SP 793, concerning the Plough and Fleece public house at Southery which he has held for 4 years.

Foreman, John, of Downham, Cambs  S/B/SP/799  16th/19th April 1804

Contents:
That the Corporation will not put up to be let the house he has built on the drove way near the 100-Foot Bank; it is on the common drove of Downham and he thinks they have no claim to it.

Crabb, Rowling, of Littleport  S/B/SP/800  undated [1804 ?]

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10 Mile Bank between the toll gate and Jessups.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/801  19th April 1804

Contents:
For financial help in repairing their banks, which will cost £464.

Resolution of Committee for Middle Level  S/B/SP/802  19th April 1804

Contents:
Thanking Corporation for agreeing to meet them and urging that steps should be taken to drain and preserve the Level; they are discontinuing their efforts to obtain an Act of Parliament for lack of public support.

Committee appointed by Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/803  19th April 1804

Contents:
For leave to confer with the Board concerning their resolution to levy £300 cut of an additional tax of 6d per acre on their district, for repairing 100-Foot Bank, improving outfall from Welmore Lake, and other purposes.

Owners of land in Upwood Fen, Ramsey  S/B/SP/804  April 1805

Contents:
For financial help in carrying out an Act of Parliament for draining their land.

Owners and occupiers of land in South Level  S/B/SP/805  17th April 1805

Contents:
For help in scouring St John's Eau.

Owners of fen land on north side of Old Bedford River  S/B/SP/806  April 1805

Contents:
For repair of the bridge over the river at Sutton Gault, and a sluice in the Great Ditch near Mepal.

Hopkin, William, of Denver  S/B/SP/807  17th April 1805

Contents:
For compensation for damage done to his land, 44 acres in the Littleport and Downham district, from which earth has lately been dug to repair the 100-Foot Bank.

Feast, William, of Littleport, thatcher  S/B/SP/808  April 1805

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10-Mile Bank between the Ship and the Plough.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/809  April 1805

Contents:
For financial assistance in repairing their banks, which will cost £464.

Lusher, John, of Wisbech St Peter, labourer  S/B/SP/810  April 1805

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the south bank of Morton's Leam, above Tower House.

Ogden, John, of Wisbech St Peter, labourer  S/B/SP/811  April 1805

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the south bank of Morton's Leam above Tower House.

Committee appointed by Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/812  April 1805

Contents:
Intend to raise £300 from their district by an additional tax of 6d per acre: for leave to confer with Corporation about this, also about the erection of more sluices for draining Washes into 100-Foot River.

Inhabitants of Whittlesey and others involved in drainage and navigation of River Nene from Salter's Lode Sluice to Stanground Sluice  S/B/SP/813  undated [1805 ?]

Contents:
As the Corporation were unable to help they have raised £448. 8s. and spent it on scouring five miles of the river from Stanground Sluice to Ashlings Sluice in Whittlesey and are in arrears for the work: for allowance of £10 per mile to extend the work one mile to Turningtree Bridge in Whittlesey.

List of petitions [April] 1807  S/B/SP/814  c1807

Committee for Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/815  April 1807

Contents:
Intend to raise £200 from their district [as in S/B/SP/812: for leave to confer with the Corporation. (Read and adjourned to Whitsun meeting)

Committee for Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/816  April 1807

Contents:
For leave to confer with Corporation about another sluice for draining Washes into 100-Foot River. (Read and rejected)

Commissioners of Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/817A  April 1807

Contents:
For financial help in repairing their banks, which will cost £455. 10s. [817B, estimate of 26th March 1807, enclosed]. (Read and adjourned to Whitsun meeting)

Clark, William, of Wisbech St Peter  S/B/SP/818  April 1807

Contents:
For leave to drain the counter-wash between Whittlesey hard lands and Guyhirn, which at present is flooded most of the time, by his own mill into Bevil's Leam, and for a lease of the wash land, bank, and fishery. (Read and adjourned to Whitsun meeting). [Very lengthy and detailed petition]

Lensey, William, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/819  April 1807

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 100-Foot Bank near Lady Fen in Welney, about 4 miles from Denver Sluice. (Lease ordered for 21 years - rent 5s)

Landowners and commoners in Whittlesey  S/B/SP/820  1st April 1807

Contents:
For compensation: the commissioners for Benwick District have set aside 1a land at Lattersye Lots worth £50, which belongs to the commoners, for repairs to their banks, and have refused to pay for it. (Read and adjourned to Whitsun meeting)

Slack, John, of Henny in Soham  S/B/SP/821A  15th April 1807

Contents:
For repair of Sedge Fen Bridge, which gives access across Soham Lode to land which he has recently bought. (Adjourned to Whitsun meeting. Registrar to refer to books for evidence)

Letter from John Slack  S/B/SP/821B  17th May 1807

Contents:
He has evidence that the bridge existed and used to be repaired by the Corporation, as their books will show.

Letter from John Slack  S/B/SP/821C  18th May 1807

Contents:
John Smith of Soham remembers the bridge, which he pulled down 40 or 50 years ago; other details.

Owners and occupiers of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/822A  April 1807

Contents:
Banks of Tongs Drain or Marshland Cut are in bad condition, and Popham's Eau needs scouring; their lands are thereby endangered: for the Board's surveyor to view the drains and prepare a report and estimate for repairs. (Read and order made)

Letter, 18th May 1807, with copy of opinion, 15th May 1807, of some landowners, that an acre tax will be raised towards the cost.  S/B/SP/822B  1807

Hodson, Emmanuel, of Upwell, owner of 345a fen land at Nordelph in Upwell  S/B/SP/823  15th April 1807

Contents:
Part of his land was cut off when Popham's Eau was dug, and the bridge built for access by the Corporation is now impassable: for the Corporation to have the bridge viewed and grant him relief. (Read, rejected)

Commissioners of South Level  S/B/SP/824  April 1807

Contents:
For repair of bridge over Swaffham Lode and the river doors. (Read and ordered)

Corporation "bankers"  S/B/SP/825  undated [April 1807]

Contents:
John Gotobed junior refuses to pay them for their work, and some of them have been forced to seek parish relief; they will not do any more work to the bank while he remains as paymaster, but if they can have their money they will do whatever is required. (Adjourned Whitsun meeting 1807. Read and considered)

Proprietors of lands in Middle Level  S/B/SP/826A  1st October/16th November 1807

Contents:
Against proposal to build bridge over Morton's Leam at Guyhirn, which they feel is likely to hold up water in the wash and endanger the south bank which protects their lands.

Remarks on the memorial S/B/SP/826A), submitted by the promoters of the plan for building the bridge  S/B/SP/826B  11th December 1807

Letter from J King, Thorney Abbey, on the proposal  S/B/SP/826C  13th November 1807


Related information: S/B/SP/826A

Owners and occupiers of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/827  16th November 1807

Contents:
The north bank of Welney Wash and outfall at Welmore Lake are in a bad state: for relief.

Committee for Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/828  1808

Contents:
Intend to raise £400 from their district [as in S/B/SP/812]; they received no money from the Corporation last year towards the repair of the 100-Foot Bank, because of the cost of a new drain and banks at the Tongs, but spent £334. 18s. 11 1/2 d. out of their own taxes on repairs: for money. (April - Read and adjourned. Whitsun - £300 ordered)
April/Whitsun 1808

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/829A  1808

Contents:
They have had very little help from the Corporation compared with other districts [details]: for more money. (April - read and adjourned. Whitsun - £300 ordered)
April/Whitsun 1808

Memorial giving details of their situation.  S/B/SP/829B  1808

Contents:
Whitsun 1808

Owners and occupiers of St Edmund's Commons in Long Sutton, Lincs  S/B/SP/830A  1808

Contents:
The New South Eau was cut through their land and has caused flooding; they wish to drain their land into it but are forbidden to do so by the terms of the Act for draining the North Level: for leave to do so. (April - read and adjourned. Whitsun - rejected, Corporation not having any ? control over New South Eau). [Notes on subject attached]
April/Whitsun 1808

Map of area concerned.  S/B/SP/830B  undated


Related information: S/B/SP/830A

Various landowners in Middle Level  S/B/SP/831  20th April 1808

Contents:
Popham's Eau needs scouring; they believe landowners etc will contribute half the cost, as they did with the Tongs Drain. (April - read and consented to Whitsun - order made thereon)

Owners and occupiers of lands on north side of Welney Wash  S/B/SP/832  14th April 1808

Contents:
The Great Bank is in a dangerous state; they took a view of the outfall and sluices at Welmore Lake and the Great Bank from there to Welches Dam on 8th April. (April - read and adjourned. Whitsun - bank ordered to be repaired and a cut to be made at Welmore Lake)

Warth, Joseph, of Chatteris, gent  S/B/SP/833  April 1808

Contents:
For assistance in making a road to his land at Somersham Common in Somersham and Colne. (Read and rejected)

Owen, John, of Mepal  S/B/SP/834  1808

Contents:
For repair of his house, which was damaged by recent bad state of Mepal Bridge. (April - read and adjourned. Whitsun - ordered to be repaired)
22nd April 1808; April/Whitsun 1808

Owners of Adventurers' Lands  S/B/SP/835 A-C  14th April 1808

[3 copies of petition]

Contents:
For the Whitsun meeting, where the Board is elected, to be held at Ely, as formerly, rather than in London. (April - read and adjourned. Whitsun 1809 [1808?] - time appointed to consider propriety of alteration. April 1809 - Whitsun meeting ordered to be held at Ely).

Owners of Adventurers' Lands  S/B/SP/836  9th April 1808

Contents:
Those nominated as members of Board should be fully qualified under the Act of 15 Charles II.

Commissioners and landowners in Soham Middle Level  S/B/SP/837  April 1808

Contents:
For the Corporation to consider and approve making of a catchwater cut at the foot of the high lands of Fordham and Isleham, to carry water to Mildenhall River, at their expense; also complaint about ditches made too near river banks; [detailed petition; notes attached]. (April 1808 - read and adjourned. Whitsun 1808 - superintendent to make survey. April 1809 - adjourned as to Catchwater drain; registrar to write to persons who have made ditches)

List of occupiers of lands in Middle Fen whose ditches are very near river banks.  S/B/SP/838  undated

Owners and occupiers of land in Isleham  S/B/SP/839  1808

Contents:
Against the proposed catchwater drain Presented and read
Whitsun 1808

Knight, Robert, lord of manors in Isleham  S/B/SP/840  1808

Contents:
Against the proposed catchwater drain Presented and read
Whitsun 1808

M Shearing, Lark House, Isleham Fen  S/B/SP/841  25th April 1808

Contents:
Letter in favour of drain.

Draft of letter from W Saffery, Registrar of Corporation, to owners of lands affected by proposed drain, telling them how to make any objection.  S/B/SP/842  [25th] April 1808

Copy letter from Registrar to John Shearing asking for names of those with offending ditches  S/B/SP/843  24th April 1809


Related information: See S/B/SP/837

Printed letter from Registrar to persons responsible, ordering ditches to be filled up.  S/B/SP/844  31st May 1809

Scott, John, of Welney, labourer, also his brother and sister, William and Anne  S/B/SP/845A  April 1808

Contents:
Their father John had a lease of two Corporation tenements on the 100-Foot Bank in Littleport opposite Welney Wash; after his death his widow married William Asplen and continued to live there until her recent death, but Asplen now refuses to give up the premises; for a new lease.

Attached, letter from Hugh Jackson at Wisbech, supporting petition and giving full details of case.  S/B/SP/845B  3rd April 1808

Contents:
(April and Whitsun meetings, adjourned for enquiries; April 1809, prayer rejected)

Hibbert,-, of Milton  S/B/SP/846  April 1808

Contents:
For grant of a small piece of land claimed by the Corporation within Denver Sluice Farm, for which he "contracted" in May 1807 with Lord St John. (Read and rejected)

Robinson, John, of Eriswell, Suffolk  S/B/SP/847  6th June 1808

Contents:
He bought a lot in Swaffham Sedge Fen in 1799, but has less land than he is taxed for: for the lot to be measured and possession granted to him. (Read and rejected)

Bryenton, John, of Southery  S/B/SP/848  1808

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back forelands of the east bank of the Ouse. (Read and lease ordered)
Whitsun 1808

Sharping, Michael, of Southery  S/B/SP/849  1808

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the east bank of the Ouse. (Read and lease ordered)
Whitsun 1808

Bundle No. 11  [no ref.]  1809-12

Owners and occupiers of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/850  Undated

Contents:
For the threshold of the Tongs doors at Nordelph Corner to be lowered and repairs made to the drain. [Many signatures]

Wells, Samuel, junior, of Huntingdon, gent  S/B/SP/851  Undated [after 1802]

Contents:
Bought Lot 1, no.20, in Doddington Severals from the arrear roll in April 1802, and has paid tax on it, but the Sergeant-at-Mace cannot find the lot: for the Lot Book to be put in order and his expenses refunded.

Margetts, William, of Huntingdon, gent  S/B/SP/852  29th April 1809

Contents:
His father had a lease of the Green Man at Welney from 1771, and though the lease was not renewed as promised he and his son continued to occupy the premises and pay rent [details] until it was seized and put up to auction; details of former petitions: for lease to be renewed or some other compensation granted. (Read and order made)

Order of Board for compensation to be paid to William Margetts  S/B/SP/853  1809

Contents:
Whitsun 1809

Earlier petition of William Margetts  S/B/SP/854  1803


Related information: S/B/SP/852

Contents:
(Resolved that it cannot be complied with)

Further petition of William Margetts  S/B/SP/855  April 1808


Related information: S/B/SP/852

Contents:
(April, Whitsun 1808, April 1809 - adjourned)

Letter from William Margetts  S/B/SP/856  18th April 1804


Related information: S/B/SP/852

Letter from C N Cole denying that he told [William Margetts' father] that a lease could be renewed.  S/B/SP/857  24th April 1804

Commissioners of Firs District of North Level  S/B/SP/858  15th/16th April 1809

Contents:
Copy of resolution concerning damage caused by water passing through tunnel under Folly River, and suggestions for diverting it.

Commonalty of Corporation  S/B/SP/859 A-F  8th March 1809

Contents:
Memorial asking for a yearly summary of the accounts to be published and for all accounts to be made available for inspection. (Order made and committee of commonalty appointed to prepare summary). [6 copies, various signatures]

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/860  April 1809

Contents:
They have been indicted at Quarter Sessions for not repairing a turnpike bridge over Brandon Creek, which is a Corporation drain: for assistance. (Read and rejected)

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/861  April 1809

Contents:
Have taken earth for bank repairs from Roswell Hill in Ely which is now exhausted: for another site to be granted.

Similar petition to S/B/SP/861 from Commissioners of Middle Fen District  S/B/SP/862  April 1809

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/863  April 1809

Contents:
Details of their circumstances: for financial help. (Read and adjourned to Whitsun meeting)

Owners and occupiers of land in South Level  S/B/SP/864  April 1809

Contents:
For a cut parallel with the 100-Foot River to carry water out of Welney Wash, for the wash bank on the north of the 100-Foot River to be repaired and raised, and St John's Eau scoured. (As to cut, adjourned to Whitsun Meeting; as to St John's Eau, order for Mr West and Superintendent to view)
[Folder with S/B/SP/865-866B]

South Level owners and occupiers  S/B/SP/865  April 1809

Contents:
For St John's Eau to be scoured. (Mr West and Superintendent to view). (Endorsed on 866B: Superintendent [to] take survey of the said Eau and report on the fall of the same into the Ouse]
[Folder with S/B/SP 864 or 866A-B]

Mr Hibbert and Mr Musgrave of Cambridge, joint proprietors of Denver Sluice Farm  S/B/SP/866 A-B  April 1809

Contents:
Strong objections to a cut proposed to be made through their land to improve outfall at Salter's Lode: land is already divided by the 100-Foot River and a further cut will ruin it. (Adjourned to Whitsun meeting). [letter and cover]
[Folder with S/B/SP 864-5]

Commissioners and proprietors of Soham Middle Fen  S/B/SP/867  April 1809

Contents:
For Corporation to purchase land belonging to Sir Charles Burbury near Mildenhall Ferry so that they can take chalk and clunch from it. (Read and withdrawn)

Owners and occupiers of land in Feldale in Whittlesey  S/B/SP/868  April 1809

Contents:
For a bank at Sargant's Headland in Whittlesey to be made high enough to protect their land from floods. (Read and rejected)

Dunthorn, Richard  S/B/SP/869  April 1809

Contents:
For feed of Stanground Bank at the old rent; it has been in his family, Corporation servants, for 30 to 40 years. (Read and rejected)

Markham, Henry  S/B/SP/870  20th April 1809

Contents:
In 1806 he bought 1a land in Wicken Fen, which cannot be found: for return of his money. (Prayer granted)

Leathes, Isaac, clerk, on behalf of Commissioners for Feltwell New District  S/B/SP/871  20th April 1809

Contents:
South bank of Brandon River and south bank of old Ouse from Brand Creek Bridge to Southery Ferry need repair; Commissioners willing to assist Corporation. (Adjourned to Whitsun meeting)

Proprietors of Middle Level  S/B/SP/872  16th April 1809

Contents:
North bank of Welney Wash needs improvement; suggest applying for an Act of Parliament to enable Commissioners to impose a tax of up to 1s. 6d. per acre for further works; object to plan of South and Middle Levels for a cut from Welney to Salter's Lode. (Read; objection to cut withdrawn; Corporation will promote the application to Parliament)

Fisher, William, bankrupt. Thomas Robinson on behalf of his assignees  S/B/SP/873  April 1809

Contents:
For lease of Three Fishes public house at Welches Dam which Fisher owned; opposed to claim of Robert Hutchinson Lewin to interest in premises [details]. (Read and rejected.)

Note that four men (Platt, Bennett, ? Beeten, John W...) have been cutting the foreland of St John's Eau and threaten to take more.  S/B/SP/874  undated [1809]

Chatteris proprietors to William Dunn Gardner Esq  S/B/SP/875  17th April 1809

Contents:
Letter asking him to support their case concerning £2000 advanced by the Well district, which they feel should be used to repair banks of whole area, not just one district. (No order made)

Commissioners for Outwell, Stow Bardolph, Wimbotsham and Downham  S/B/SP/876  1809

Contents:
For leave to erect two small engines near Bardolph Drove in Bardolph Fen to throw water from part of fen into Well Creek. (Rejected)
Whitsun 1809

Owners and occupiers of land around March  S/B/SP/877  13th February 1809

Contents:
South bank of Morton's Leam and new banks of Tongs Drain are in bad condition; new regulations needed for Tongs Drain.

Owners and occupiers of land on north side of Welney Wash  S/B/SP/878  11th February 1809

Contents:
For repair of bank, badly damaged in recent floods.

Little, Joseph and John  S/B/SP/879  24th August 1809

Contents:
For leave to put a tunnel through the 100-Foot Bank to drain their lands in Littleport and Downham district.

Proprietors of lands in Sutton and Mepal district  S/B/SP/880  24th August 1809

Contents:
They have spent more than £300 on repairing the barrier bank between Earith and Welches Dam Bridge: for bonds for that amount and for any more they may spend. (Read and order made)

Committee for repair of north bank of Old Bedford River below Welches Dam  S/B/SP/881  7th October 1809

Contents:
For Board to reconsider decision to deduct from their grant of £1760 a sum of £450 spent on gaulting the bank following flood damage.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/882  April 1810

Contents:
They are in debt for repair of mills and banks; details of their circumstances; for an annual allotment for repair of banks. (Adjourned to Whitsun meeting)

Flanders, Smith, of Littleport, farmer  S/B/SP/883  1810

Contents:
In April 1809 he rented the feed of the north bank of the Old Bedford River from Welney to Hill's ten acres near Sedge Fen, but now John Gotobed junior of Welney has enclosed a large piece of it, claiming to be the Corporation's tenant: for relief.
Whitsun 1810

List of petitions presented in April 1810, with notes of orders made  S/B/SP/884  c1810

Owners and occupiers of land around Popham's Eau, in Upwell, Welney, Denver and Outwell  S/B/SP/885  undated [April 1810]

Contents:
That Commissioners of River Nene should not be allowed to navigate through Popham's Eau while the Nene is being cleansed and deepened, as their banks and fences would be damaged.

Owners and occupiers of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/886  20th May 1782

Contents:
The River Nene is silted up and overgrown, and run dry by the opening of Salter's Lode sluice, to their great damage: for it to be cleaned out and the earth spread on the banks.

Landowners in Middle and South Levels  S/B/SP/887  April 1810

Contents:
Outfall between Wellmore Lake and Salter's Lode is insufficient to carry off the water in time of flood: for it to be improved. (Read and ordered to lie on the table)

Committee for Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/888  April 1810

Contents:
They intend to raise £1000 by an extra tax of 6d. per acre in their district, if the Corporation will provide the same amount. (Read and rejected)

Owners of land in Grunty fen and poor persons interested in it  S/B/SP/889  18th April 1810

Contents:
Against a proposed Bill to alter drainage in Littleport and Downham District, which they fear will interfere with their right to use Grunty Fen Drain and cut turf in the Fen. (No note made thereon)

Cheeseright, Thomas, of Littleport  S/B/SP/890  18th September 1810

Contents:
For leave to build a barn on foreland of Turnpike Bank leading from Littleport to the Plough. (Read and rejected)

Benton, Isaac, of Littleport - vicar, church-wardens, and others on his behalf  S/B/SP/891 A-B  5th June 1810

Contents:
For leave to build a house near the Ten Mile Bank, between Widow Jessup's and Mow Fen Mill; they have given their consent. (Attached, note of lease granted)

Porter, Goathard, of Southery  S/B/SP/892 A-B  April 1810

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the east bank of the Ouse, below Brandon Creek Bridge. (With plan. Attached, note of lease granted)

Bedford, John, of Earith  S/B/SP/893 A-B  April 1810

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the south bank of the Bedford River near Earith Bridge. (With plan. Attached, note of lease granted)

Budd, John, of Southery  S/B/SP/894 A-B  April 1810

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the east bank of the Ouse within 2 furlongs of Hunt's Sluice. (With plan. Attached, note of lease granted)

Carman, John, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/895 A-B  April 1810

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10-Mile Bank nearly opposite Hunt's Sluice. (With plan. Attached, note of lease granted)

Gotobed, John, of Welney  S/B/SP/896 A-B  April 1810

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the north bank of Bedford Low Bank, about 1/2 mile below Welney. (With plan. Attached, note of lease granted)

Owners and occupiers of fen lands in Middle Level  S/B/SP/897  undated [1810?]

Contents:
For the doors of the Tongs Drain to be opened and Popham's Eau scoured, in order to relieve flooding.

Owners of land in Cawdle Fen  S/B/SP/898  1810

Contents:
They have obtained an Act to raise a tax of £20 an acre to repair their banks: for leave to take gault from Roswell Hill for the purpose.
Whitsun 1810

Landowners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/899  1810

Contents:
For renewal of Court of Sewers, to help in clearing rivers and drains, especially outfall of 100-Foot River below Welmore Lake. (... ordered not to be entered in the minutes)
Whitsun 1810

Owners of land in Sutton and Mepal districts and Upper and Lower Embanking Districts  S/B/SP/900  1810

Contents:
For help in completing the work of repairing the barrier bank between Welches Dam Bridge and Earith, for which they have obtained an Act and raised taxes, but have insufficient money for their expenses.
Whitsun 1810

Owners and occupiers of land in south-west part of Bedford Level  S/B/SP/901  16th August 1810

Contents:
Against proposal to make Popham's Eau navigable. [Detailed petition]. Presented, read and considered)

Owners and occupiers of land in north-west part of Bedford Level  S/B/SP/902  16th August 1810


Related information: S/B/SP/928

Contents:
For Popham's Eau to be made navigable, in order to improve drainage. [Detailed petition]. (Presented and considered)

Proprietors in North Level  S/B/SP/903  13th April 1811

Contents:
Against proposal to let tolls on North Level banks by auction, which may lead to loss of control over traffic on the banks. (Read and order made)

Hunter, Thomas Orby, esq, Lord of Manor of Crowland, proprietor of Great Portsand - as S/B/SP/903  S/B/SP/904  April 1811

Contents:
(Read and order made)

Surveyors of highways and other inhabitants of Whittlesey  S/B/SP/905  April 1811

Contents:
They intend to make a navigable cut on the west side of Lord Eardley's estate near Eldernel from Morton's Leam to the New River, to avoid the Leam: for Whittlesey Bridge, which can at present be moved to allow boats to pass, to be made fast. (Read and order made)

Owners of land on south bank of Morton's Leam  S/B/SP/906  April 1811

Contents:
The Leam is almost entirely grown up for 2 miles from the bank end towards Black Dyke, and the drain is silting up: for action to be taken.

Bridges, Joseph, of Whittlesey, victualler  S/B/SP/907  April 1811

Contents:
In 1807 purchased the White Swan public house in Whittlesey from devisees of Henry Tomlin, and spent £300 on improvements, but now finds that the Corporation intends to let it by auction, though he did not know they had any claim to it: for relief. (Read and order made)

Bossingham, Thomas, of Wimblington  S/B/SP/908  April 1811

Contents:
For a new lease of the Chequer public house on the bank of the 16-Foot River, which he has occupied for 5 years; he is willing to repair it. (Read, order made)

Sparrow, John, of Littleport, labourer  S/B/SP/909 A-B  18th April 1810/ April 1811

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the turnpike bank leading from Littleport to the Plough. (With plan. Attached, certificate from church-wardens and overseers supporting his request. Read and ordered)

Wells, Samuel, esq  S/B/SP/910  April 1811

Contents:
About 5 years ago rented a bewery and bought several cottages from Thomas Ground esq, including one on the north bank of Morton's Leam for which he believes no rent has been paid for 20 years: for the "determination" on the cottage to be deferred until Whitsun and enquiries made.

Commissioners for lower end of barrier bank and proprieters in Upwell, Welney, Denver, Manea, Doddington, Downham, Witchford, Wentworth, Chatteris and Welches Dam  S/B/SP/911  April 1811

Contents:
Supporting petition from Littleport and Downham for construction of a counter bank along the 100-Foot River from Mepal Causeway to Denver, to prevent flooding; also for improvement of outfall between Welmore Lake and Salter's Lode.

Owners and occupiers of land on both sides of Vermuyden's or the 40-Foot River  S/B/SP/912  3rd April 1811

Contents:
The sluice at the east end of the river is in bad condition; Puddocks Bridge is in decay and not wide enought to let the 40-Foot water through.

Owners and occupiers of land in Chatteris  S/B/SP/913  April 1811

Contents:
One pair of doors at the pen sluice at Welches Dam is now useless; the manner in which the Manea Commissioners repair the bank of the lower part of the 40-Foot hinders the passage of water. (Read - Superintendent to take a view... and report thereon)

Benton, Isaac, of Littleport  S/B/SP/914  3rd April 1811

Contents:
One of his mares, which had been employed in the Corporation's service, was drowned near Denver Sluice on 25th February: for help to replace her. (Read, order made)

Inhabitants of Whittlesey and Thorney Abbey  S/B/SP/915 A-B  April 1811

Contents:
The bridge over Smith's Leam near the Dog in the Doublet is ruinous: for the Corporation to pay one-sixth of the cost of repair, as they paid one-sixth of the cost of erection in 1793. [Estimate for repairs attached]. (Read and order made)

Crane, Wright, of Thorney  S/B/SP/916  April 1811

Contents:
For a lease of the Cross Guns public house on the north bank of Morton's Leam, which he has occupied for two years; he is willing to repair it. (Read and order made)

Staples, John  S/B/SP/917  April 1811

Contents:
For a lease of the Blue Bell public house on Welland Bank, which he and his father have held for 39 years and repaired at a cost of nearly £100; he is willing to carry out further repairs. (Read, order made)

Goodjohn, James, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/918  18th April 1811

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back of the Ouse within a furlong of Hunt's Sluice. (With plan. Read and ordered)

Carter, William, of Downham, Norfolk  S/B/SP/919  18th April 1811

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 100-Foot Bank near the 4-Mile House. (With plan. Read and ordered)

Ambrose, John, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/920  18th April 1811

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 100-Foot Bank near the Dog and Duck. (With plan. Read and ordered as to 1/2 acre)

Blows, John, of Littleport  S/B/SP/921  18th April 1811

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the west bank of the Ouse adjoining Sparrow's Garden. (With plan. Read and ordered)

Lucer, Thomas, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/922  18th April 1811

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10-Mile Bank near the Anglers. (With plan. Read and referred to Mr Golbourne)

Bridgman, James, of Coveney  S/B/SP/923  18th April 1811

Contents:
Edward Cropley has blocked the road leading to his property; for it to be reopened.

Hinson, Thomas  S/B/SP/924  April 1811

Contents:
To be admitted tenant of his house at Purls Bridge near Manea, on Bedford Low Bank, at a favourable rent, as he is getting old.

Veny, Ann, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/925  April 1811

Contents:
For a lease of the Dog and Duck public house on the 100-Foot Bank, built by her late husband Peter more than 50 years ago; is willing to repair it.

Vipan, Benjamin, of Mepal, common brewer  S/B/SP/926  April 1811

Contents:
For a new lease of the Green Man public house on the Old Bedford bank, held by him under a lease expiring today; is willing to rebuild it.

Owners of Adventurers' lands  S/B/SP/927  April 1811

Contents:
Concerning the letting by auction of houses on the banks; this is detrimental to the occupiers, who have often built or inherited them, and may be forced to leave or pay unreasonable rents.

Owners and occupiers of lands in north-west part of Bedford Level  S/B/SP/928 A-C  10th August 1810

3 copies


Related information: See also S/B/SP/902

Contents:
For Popham's Eau to be made a free navigation, order to improve the drainage. [Detailed printed memorial]

Persons with an interest in Grunty Fen  S/B/SP/929  14th April 1811

Contents:
For the clearing of the Corporation Drain, which is the only drain for the Fen.

Owners of land in Haddenham Level and washes  S/B/SP/930  April 1811


Related information: See also S/B/SP/1935

Contents:
For the bank which protects the washes between the 100-Foot and Old Bedford Rivers to be enlarged to take the haling way between Earith Causeway and Mepal Bridge

Roe, Richard, and William Fulstone  S/B/SP/931 A-B  18th April 1811

Contents:
For leave to build two cottages on the turnpike road at Guyhirn. [With plan. Attached, sketch plan of land, 27th August 1810]. (Read and ordered)

Owen, John, of Mepal  S/B/SP/932  1811

Contents:
For a new lease of the public house and fishery at Mepal held by the late Henry Redhead; Owen married his widow and took over the business [details]; his grandfather, Love Owen, built the house.
Whitsun 1811

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/933  [1811]

Contents:
For a warehouse on the 100-Foot Bank to store material for emergency use.
Whitsun [1811]

Commissioners for Outwell, Stow Bardolph, Wimbotsham and Downham  S/B/SP/934  1811

Contents:
For the waters of the Tongs Drain and Wash to be prevented from running into their lands.
Whitsun 1811

Owners of wash lands between Hundred Foot and Old Bedford Rivers  S/B/SP/935  April 1811

Contents:
[As S/B/SP/930]

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District [as S/B/SP/930]  S/B/SP/936  April 1811

Bodger, Elizabeth, of Hilgay, widow of John  S/B/SP/937  April 1812

Contents:
For new lease of her cottage, on same terms.

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/938  undated [1812]

Contents:
For leave to make a sluice in the 100-Foot Bank at end of their proposed catchwater drain from Littley Hill in Wentworth to the 100-Foot River at Mepal Green.

Owners and occupiers of land in west and north-west parts of Middle Level  S/B/SP/939  April 1812

Contents:
For lowering of sills of sluice at the Tongs doors. (Read and order made)

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/940  20th May 1812

Contents:
To keep open Crabs Raft between Grunty Fen Drain and the main drain, make it a commissioners' drain and erect a bridge at the east end. (Read and order made)

Landowners in Welney and Manea  S/B/SP/941  1812

Contents:
For a road between Welney and Manea so that they can carry their produce to market; the Corporation ordered it some years ago but it was not built. (Read and rejected)
Whitsun 1812

Owners and occupiers of lands in 2nd District of North Level  S/B/SP/942  1812

Contents:
For reinstatement of tunnels through banks of Counter and Cat-Water Drains, which they need to supply water to their lands in summer. (Read and order made)
Whitsun 1812

Owners and occupiers of land on north side of Welney Wash  S/B/SP/943  18th May 1812

Contents:
For a new tunnel to replace decayed Mote's Tunnel in north bank of Wash, to keep land there dry.

Parishioners of Littleport  S/B/SP/944 A-B  20th May 1812

Contents:
For repair or rebuilding of Black Lake Bridge, which is so dangerous that they have closed it. [2 petitions]

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/945  20th April 1812

Contents:
For Mr Rennie to be employed as engineer under the intended Wash Act to decide what distance the Wash Bank should be from the 100-Foot Bank. (Read and order made)

Commissioners of Burnt fen 2nd District in Mildenhall  S/B/SP/946  April 1812

Contents:
For financial help in repairing north bank of Mildenhall River, from Bailey's Gravel to Baldwin's Lode. (Read and order made)

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/947  April 1812

Contents:
For leave to build a bridge over the cut across the Black Bank, leading from Knowle Bridge in Littleport to Downham. (Read and order made)

Cooper, Ashley, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/948  15th April 1812

Contents:
For new lease of his cottage near Hunt Sluice. (Read and order made)

Cox, Amariah, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/949  15th April 1812

Contents:
For new lease of his cottage by Hunt's Sluice. (Read and order made)

Cooper, William, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/950  15th April 1812

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on back foreland of 10 Mile Bank against John Roe's.

Cranwell, Martin, of Littleport  S/B/SP/951  15th April 1812

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on back foreland of 10 Mile Bank near Mow Fen Mill. [With plan of plot]

Pleasance, Thomas, of Littleport  S/B/SP/952  April 1812

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10-Mile Bank against Mr Meadows' barn. [with plan of plot]

Wallis, Judah, of Welney  S/B/SP/953  15th April 1812

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 100-Foot Bank opposite Lady Fen, plot about 3 x 9 rods.

Stevens, Henry, of Littleport  S/B/SP/954  15th April 1812

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10 Mile Bank opposite the ? Plough, plot about 15 x 20 rods.

Foreman, John, of Denver  S/B/SP/955  15th April 1812

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10 Mile Bank near Denver Sluice Mill, plot about 13ft by 10 rods.

Johnson, Joseph, of Downham, Cambs  S/B/SP/956  15th April 1812

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on back foreland of 100 Foot Bank opposite Mr Little's land, plot about 2 x 7 1/4 rods.

Inhabitants of Denver, Fordham, Hilgay and Welney (occupiers of farms)  S/B/SP/957  April 1812

Contents:
For repair of 230 yards of road along a bank from Saffery's Folly to Denver Sluice, the way from their farms to Downham Market and Denver.

Owners and occupiers of lands on east and west sides of St John's Eau in Denver parish  S/B/SP/958  April 1812

Contents:
For leave to take earth free of charge for repair of banks (Read and orde made)

Worster, John, keeper of tolls on turnpike road from Ely to Downham, Norfolk, at Chettisham toll gate  S/B/SP/959  16th April 1812

Contents:
The inhabitants of Downham, Cambs, are evading toll on the way to Littleport by going along the bank of Grunty Fen Drain: for that road to be stopped up as before. (Read and rejected)

Hopkin, John, of Witchford, farmer  S/B/SP/960  April 1812

Contents:
For leave to continue to use Farthing Drove for access to his land at West Fen Farm: Thomas Cave and other occupiers of land near the drove have recently hindered his passage along it. (Read and rejected)

Owners of land in 100 Foot Washes  S/B/SP/961  April 1812

Contents:
The washes are being damaged by water running in from the 100 Foot River: for this to be prevented. (Read and order made)

Welney Wash north side, occupiers  S/B/SP/962  18th May 1812

Contents:
For new tunnel on site of Mote's tunnel.

Eagle, Robert, on behalf of Commissioners for Lakenheath and Brandon Fens  S/B/SP/963  15th April 1812

Contents:
For help with their expenses in draining the fens; they have had no help from the Corporation for many years. (Read and order made)

Farrow, Thomas  S/B/SP/964  April 1812

Contents:
He is suffering damage because the tunnel in the new bank of the Tongs Drain is too small to remove the water from the wash between the upper and lower doors on the Bardolph Fen side of the drain: for another, adequate, tunnel. (Read and order made)

Warner, Charles, of Eye, Northants, farmer  S/B/SP/965A  April 1812

Contents:
He is the occupier of Eastwood Farm, Eye, abutting on the bank of the Carr Dyke, and his landlord has made a bridge and road over the bank for access; Mr Smith claims the bank is his own property and has erected posts and rails and cut down one of the trees there; Warner believes the dyke and banks belong to the Corporation, and asks for leave to use the road. (Read and adjourned)

Smith, W J, of Thorney  S/B/SP/965B  28th April 1812

Contents:
Letter to Corporation concerning the same matter; claims the land is his property and says that Warner has removed the posts and rails; he is taking legal action against him for it. (Read at Board)

Ervin, William, of Eye  S/B/SP/965C  28th April 1812

Contents:
85 years of age; declaration that he has known the bank for over 70 years and that it has been regarded as the property of the adjoining landowners.

Little, Joseph, of Eye  S/B/SP/965D  28th April 1812

Contents:
70 years of age; similar declaration

Owners and occupiers of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/966  April 1812

Contents:
Their lands are drained through the Tongs Drain; they have recently scoured Popham's Eau and lowered the bed of that and other rivers in the Level: for the sills of the Tongs lower doors to be lowered, as at present they are too high to let the water through. (Read and order made)

Owners and occupiers of land in wash between banks of Morton's Leam  S/B/SP/967  April 1812

Contents:
For an engineer to examine and report on defects in bed and outfall of Wisbech River, which are causing flooding of their lands and damage to the banks of the Leam. (Read and adjourned)

Eagle, Robert, of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/968  2nd October 1812

Contents:
Letter enclosing form for recording spring tides which he wishes the keeper of Denver Sluice to complete, and asking for order for gauges to be placed at Ely and near the outfall of St John's Eau, to help judge whether St John's Eau should be opened.

Bundle No.12.  [no ref.]  1813-18

Owners and occupiers of land drained by Stanground Sluice and Whittlesey Dyke  S/B/SP/969  April 1813

Contents:
For the sluice to be repaired and the dyke cleared of weeds.

Savage, Evans, of Littleport, labourer  S/B/SP/970  1813

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10 Mile Bank below the toll gate, plot about 7 x 50 yards. [With plan of plot]

Webb, William, of Littleport, labourer  S/B/SP/971  April 1813

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the Turnpike Bank, near Littleport Bridge, ajoining other cottages, plot about 40 x 7 yards. [With plan of plot and pencil note that there is no objection to it]

Extract from Arrear Roll, giving names and areas of land, names of owners and amounts owed.  S/B/SP/972  April 1813

Laws, Jacob, of Hilgay, labourer  S/B/SP/973  April 1813

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the east bank of the Ouse near Hilgay West Fen, plot about 50 x 7 yards [with plan of plot]

Inhabitants and commoners of Sutton  S/B/SP/974  April 1813

Contents:
For repair of Common Meadland Bridge over the 20-Foot drain on north side of Old Bedford Bank.

Owners of land in Middle Level  S/B/SP/975  April 1813

Contents:
Under the Middle Level River Act they have scoured out the 20-Foot Drain and other drains in the Level; for help in preventing the owners of land called Waldersea, Coldham and Grays Moor from obtaining an Act to erect water engines and drain their land into the 20-Foot Drain, as they refused to have their lands included in the River Act.

Tall, William, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/976  April 1813

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 100-Foot Bank near Mr Beeton's house in Welney, plot about 35 x 7 yards [with plan of plot]

Crisp, John, of Downham, labourer  S/B/SP/977  April 1813

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 100-Foot Bank near Oxlode [with plan of plot]

Shingle, Henry, of Hilgay, labourer  S/B/SP/978  April 1813

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10 Mile Bank near Modney Court in Wst Fen; plot 50 x 7 yards [with plan of plot]

Howlet, James, of Hilgay, labourer  S/B/SP/979  April 1813

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the back foreland of the 10 Mile Bank near Hunts Sluice; plot 50 x 7 yards [with plan of plot]

[Occupiers of land in Middle Level?]  S/B/SP/980  undated

Contents:
For Board to appoint a committee to view bank of Middle Level, which is in a bad state.

Persons interrested in outfall of Wisbech River  S/B/SP/981  April 1813

Contents:
For a fund set up under the Tydd and Newton Act to be used for works to improve the outfall and confine the waters to their present course.

Cannon, William, of Northea Gravel, Whittlesey, farmer  S/B/SP/982  17th April 1813

Contents:
For exemption from paying tolls at the Dog and Doublet toll-bar, which he enjoyed until 2 years ago.

Commissioners of Feltwell New District  S/B/SP/983  undated

Contents:
For repair of Ten Mile Bank near Southery Ferry.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen First District  S/B/SP/984  April 1813

Contents:
The bank dividing their district from Lakenheath District is in bad repair; Lakenheath District is imperfectly drained and the bank of Lakenheath River decayed, so that Burnt Fen District is threatened with flooding: for repair of Lakenheath Bank, to protect their district.

Commissioners for lower end of Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/985  undated [1813]

Contents:
Earth available near the bank is unsuitable for repairing it: for the Corporation to buy some land where proper earth may be obtained.

Persons interested in North Barrier Bank of Welney Wash  S/B/SP/986  undated [1813]

Contents:
The bank was damaged last winter by water remaining in the wash: for a cut or sluice to carry it away.

Warner, Charles, of Eye  S/B/SP/987  April 1813

Contents:
To become tenant of Carr Dyke and to fence it in.

Adventure Lands occupiers  S/B/SP/988  April 1813

Contents:
The Great Wash or Barrier Bank from Welch's Dam Bridge to Welney is in bad repair - help needed.

Manea, etc Commissioners  S/B/SP/989  April 1813

Contents:
Suggest William Sears as overseer of Great Barrier Bank.

Hammond, John and others  S/B/SP/990  April 1817

Contents:
They paid for earth taken away to repair banks.

Hilgay Great West Fen  S/B/SP/991  April 1813

Contents:
For help in repairing banks of the Ouse and Wissey.

Burnt Fen, 2nd District  S/B/SP/992  April 1813

Contents:
North bank of Mildenhall river broken by floods, making their own bank in great need of repair - money needed.

Welney Lake  S/B/SP/993  April 1813

Contents:
South Level Officer should not have management, request for another appointment.

Burnt Fen, 1st District  S/B/SP/994  April 1813

Contents:
Breach in Mildenhall river cost Commissioners £1000 and help is needed - 30 miles of Bank in their care.

Templeman, Thomas, and five others  S/B/SP/995  April 1813

Contents:
For protection in an action against them by Henry Brown, publican of Whittlesea, for £40. 1s. 6d. which he alleges they owe him.

Burnt Fen 1st District Commissioners  S/B/SP/996  April 1813

Contents:
Eagle has demanded toll on them while repairing the banks.

Boteler, William, esq, of Eastry  S/B/SP/997  9th June 1813

Contents:
Asks for the North side of Vermuyden's Drain and Drove Cole made good and Mr William Richardson ordered to throw a bridge safe for carriages over it and to remove obstructions.

Padnal, Waterden etc, occupiers  S/B/SP/998  1813

Contents:
Lands to be embanked, drained and formed into one district
Whitsun 1813

Bidwell, Richard, labourer, of Littleport  S/B/SP/999  1813

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the Ten Mile Bank near Littleport Bridge.
Whitsun 1813

Whittlesea Commissioners  S/B/SP/1000  7th May 1813

Contents:
To oppose a Bill by Great and Little Waldersea to discharge waters into Moors Drain.

Owen, John, of Mepal  S/B/SP/1001  21st December 1813

Contents:
Lessee of the Three Fishes public house, the front of which has sunk next the 100 Foot River owing to settlement of the Bridge Wharf which he asks to be repaired.

Littleport & Downham Commissioners  S/B/SP/1002  21st January 1814

Contents:
For removal of ice and other obstructions now at height and depth of 10 foot at Downham and other bridges.

Blow, Richard, of Ely  S/B/SP/1003  22nd January 1814

Contents:
For same subject as at S/B/SP/1002 at greater length.

Page, J, and Joseph Little, Commissioners  S/B/SP/1004  April 1814

Contents:
Land belonging to William Thomson at Ely Padnalls has been dug up and used to repair Ouse bank. They have paid Thomson and ask for this advance to be repaid to them.

Welmore Lake  S/B/SP/1005  April 1814

Contents:
Is open and admitting tides which injures the Washes. For the Lake to be closed. (Commissioners of 100 foot Washes)

Bedford Level Commissioners  S/B/SP/1006  April 1814

Contents:
For re-imbursing them for £200. 9s. 9 1/2d. for labour and materials, and breaking ice etc, at several bridges.

Constable, William, yeoman, of Southery Norfolk  S/B/SP/1007  April 1814

Contents:
For lease of land on the Ten Mile Bank near Southery Ferry which he purchased from Samuel Clark (now in gaol for debt) - with copy of agreement with Clark dated 29th December 1813.

Middle Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1008  April 1814

Contents:
For leave to discharge waters through Tong's Drain.

Crick, William, of Newell, labourer  S/B/SP/1009  April 1814

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on East bank of the Ouse, near Modney Court Drove.

Bradford, Robert, of Hilgay, Labourer  S/B/SP/1010  April 1814

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on East bank of the Ouse, opposite the "Anglers".

Saffery, Edmund, and others  S/B/SP/1011  18th April 1814

Contents:
For repayment of £12. 16s for repair of Cradge Bank after floods.

South Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1012  April 1814

Contents:
For leave to scour out St John's Eau and to build a sluice at Stow Fall

Commissioners of 100 foot Washes  S/B/SP/1013  April 1814

Contents:
For making 6 tunnels in the Cradge Bank and to stop up Welmore Lake (or S Cradge Bank]

Commissioners of 100 foot Washes  S/B/SP/1014  April 1814

Contents:
For help with the Wash Bank below Mepal and sluice in Great Bank above Mepal is very insecure.

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1015  1814

Contents:
Breach in 10 mile Bank and bad state of tunnel due to neglect of owner, Admiral Woolley
Whitsun 1814

Vipan, Benjamin, of Mepal, brewer  S/B/SP/1016  1814

Contents:
Will repair his public house, Green Man at Welney, if he can have an extension of lease.
Whitsun 1814

Commissioners of Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1017  1814

Contents:
Against the boom across Roslyn Hill, which will prevent them from getting earth for the Banks
Whitsun 1814

Welney Wash North side occupiers  S/B/SP/1018  1814

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Contents:
Great Barrier Bank is very ruinous and must be repaired
Whitsun 1814

Robinson, John, labourer of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1019  1814

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100 foot Bank, near Lady Fen.
Whitsun 1814

Commissioners of Burnt Fen, 1st District  S/B/SP/1020  1814

Contents:
As to taking earth from Padnall for repairing to Barrier Bank.
Whitsun 1814

Welney Wash, North side occupiers  S/B/SP/1021  1814

Contents:
For help in repairing Welch's Dam.
Whitsun 1814

Custance, William  S/B/SP/1022  1814

Contents:
For leave to dig turf in Hale Fen, Coveney.
Whitsun 1814

Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/1023  1814

Contents:
Commissioners oppose boom as Middle Fen Commissioners above.
Whitsun 1814

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1024  1814

Contents:
For making Scradge [or Cradge] Bank into a haling way.
Whitsun 1814

Porter, Thomas, labourer, of Littleport  S/B/SP/1025  December 1814

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on East bank of the Ouse below Brand Creek.

Stockdale, George, labourer, of Welney  S/B/SP/1026  December 1814

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on 100ft bank opposite Beeton's farm.

Fulcher, Robert, labourer of Littleport  S/B/SP/1027  December 1814

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on 10 Mile Bank, below Isaac Bant's house.

Wells, Henry, of Burnt Fen  S/B/SP/1028  December 1814

Contents:
Tax assessed at 200 acres but he has only 174a.1r.28p.

Jefferson, John of Littleport  S/B/SP/1029  December 1814

Contents:
For leave to build cottage on 10 Mile Bank.

Commissioners of Middle Fen and Burnt Fen  S/B/SP/1030  December 1814

Contents:
Bridge and causeway at Prickwillow dangerous in floods.

Welney occupiers  S/B/SP/1031  December 1814

Contents:
For land whence they can take gault for repair of the Lower Barrier Bank.

Commissioners of Middle Fen and Burnt Fen  S/B/SP/1032  December 1814

Contents:
Mr Farmer's tenant obstructs them in taking earth from Roselyn (or Roslyn) Hill.

Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1033  December 1814

Contents:
For help in taking proceedings against Admiral Woolley, for neglect of his bank.

Thompson, Matthias  S/B/SP/1034  March 1815

Contents:
To have lease of cottage on 100 foot Bank at Hilgay transferred to John Hibbert, esq, of Cambridge

Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1035  March 1815

Contents:
Repeating liability of Admiral Woolley for damage.

Lakenheath  S/B/SP/1036  March 1815

Contents:
For help in building a new bridge over the ford to replace the Old High Bridge, demolished in 1768.

Commissioners for Lakenheath Fens  S/B/SP/1037  March 1815

Contents:
For help in embanking and draining their fens.

Osborne, M R  S/B/SP/1038  March 1815

Contents:
For help in building a brick wharf at the "Angel", Earith.

Fen Farmers and Growers of Oats  S/B/SP/1039  March 1815

Contents:
For help in securing legislation to close the ports against oats, to reduce present price.

Bedford Level Corporation - agenda for April meeting.  S/B/SP/1040  April 1815

Lemon, Thomas, of Chatteris, brick-maker and layer  S/B/SP/1042  April 1815

Contents:
Bought 28 acres called "Three Scores", and with other occupiers built a bank and mill to drain and land, at a cost of £400: wishes to be enfranchised for digging turf.

Littleport and Downham Commissioners  S/B/SP/1042  1815

Contents:
For answer to their petition v Admiral Woolley.
Whitsun 1815

Northwold occupiers  S/B/SP/1043  1815

Contents:
River Wissey between Northwold and Hilgay Bridge is in defective state, and inundates their land.
Whitsun 1815

Whittlesea occupiers  S/B/SP/1044  1815

Contents:
Rivers and drains in their district have not been "waded" as other areas and are injuring the lands.
Whitsun 1815

Gilbert, Thomas, gaulter  S/B/SP/1045  1815

Contents:
Lost one of his barges while working for the Board, it sank under Mepal Bridge - a loss to him of £15.
Whitsun 1815

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/1046  1815

Contents:
Bank at Lakenheath Lode needs repairs and three tunnels under Brandon River bank.
Whitsun 1815

Commissioners for Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1047  1815

Contents:
Wish to rent the Corporation's warehouse near Littleport.
Whitsun 1815

Commissioners of Hilgay Great West Fen  S/B/SP/1048  1815

Contents:
Leave to take earth from North foreland of East bank of Ouse to repair Hilgay Creek Bank.
Whitsun 1815

Bodger, Abraham, junior, of Littleport  S/B/SP/1049  1815

Contents:
Is being taxed for 250 acres of land instead of 234, gives names of owners of extra 16 acres.
Whitsun 1815

Roper, Thomas, and others  S/B/SP/1050  1815

Contents:
For repair of bank at Denver.
Whitsun 1815

Whittlesey occupiers  S/B/SP/1051  August 1815

Contents:
In great want of water; ask for Standground Sluice to be opened.

Littleport and Downham Commissioners  S/B/SP/1052  3rd November 1815

Contents:
Again referring to damage caused by Admiral Woolley.

Taylor, James Westwood, yeoman, of Welney  S/B/SP/1053  1815

Contents:
For leave to sell house which he bought from Joseph Berridge living with him, or to give him a lease of it.
Whitsun 1815

Johnson, Joseph, of Denver Sluice, victualler  S/B/SP/1054  13th April 1816

Contents:
For reduction of rent for his public house.

Commissioners of Middle Level, North and South West parts  S/B/SP/1055  April 1816

Contents:
For leave to open Tong's Doors before work directed to be done by Act of Parliament.

Gray, T  S/B/SP/1056  April 1816

Contents:
For licence of alienation of lease of Young's House.

Waten, Thomas, of Welney  S/B/SP/1057  April 1816

Contents:
Very ill, his 2 years ground rent will be paid for him by his master, Edmund Saffery.

Golding, Thomas of Welney  S/B/SP/1058  April 1816

Contents:
Son-in-law of John Washington who is old and blind, asks for relief in matter of rent.

Whittlesey inhabitants  S/B/SP/1059  April 1816

Contents:
Are very short of water - ask leave to take it from Standground Sluice, provided that no harm is done to others.

Flatt, George  S/B/SP/1060  April 1816

Contents:
For piece of ground near Littleport Toll, for a cottage.

Welney Wash  S/B/SP/1061  April 1816

Contents:
James Failes and others ask for a sluice for protection of the Great North barrier Bank.

Hilgay parishioners  S/B/SP/1062  April 1816

Contents:
For lease of the South Bank of Hilgay Creek

Hilgay Parishioners  S/B/SP/1063  April 1816

Contents:
For repair of Hunt's Sluice.

Standground Sluice  S/B/SP/1064  April 1816

Contents:
Occupiers of Dryside and Must to protest against water being run through the sluice into Nene and Whittlesea Dyke.

Whittlesey inhabitants  S/B/SP/1065  April 1816

Contents:
Ask Board to pay their share of repairs to bridge over Smith's Leam, at the Dog in the Doublet.

Beeton, William  S/B/SP/1066  April 1816

Contents:
Asks Board not to let a certain part of Fishery, a part of the New 30 foot drain.

Wells, Samuel, junior  S/B/SP/1067  1816

Contents:
For extension of lease of the Over Bank from Swavesey Hands to Crane Fen, or for help in establishing his rights
Whitsun 1816

16 Foot Drain  S/B/SP/1068  1816

Contents:
Bridge causing obstruction; pleas for new and larger bridge.
Whitsun 1816

Matthews, Robert, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1069  1816

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the Old Bedford Bank.
Whitsun 1816

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/1070  27th August 1816

Contents:
Waterways of two mills in Redmoor and Decoy Fen, are in bad condition: Board to compel owners of Mills to put the waterways in repair.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/1071  5th November 1816

Contents:
Lakenheath Lode unfit for navigation, wish to clear it.

Whittlesea and March inhabitants  S/B/SP/1072  April 1817

Contents:
Part of the Middle Level near Floods Ferry in occupation of -- Webb and lately of William/Stephen Beharrel, report of two inspectors on repairing of banks.

Burnt Fent 1st District  S/B/SP/1073  April 1817

Contents:
That Holt should be planted in Padnal by the river and leave given for earth to be taken from Padnal for repair of bank.

Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/1074  April 1817

Contents:
For Board to assemble a Court of sewers to consider Decoy Fen and Turf Fen, letter from J G Robinson.

Freeman, John  S/B/SP/1075  April 1817

Contents:
For lease of late John Young's house at Welch's Dam.

Robert Cox & Co  S/B/SP/1076  April 1817

Contents:
For Mr Little to allow them something extra for work on the 100 Foot Dam.

Commissioners of Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1077  April 1817

Contents:
For interview concerning bridge over Middle Fen Drain.

Johnson, Ann  S/B/SP/1078  April 1817

Contents:
Tax Collector has taken the best part of her goods.

Wissey river  S/B/SP/1079  April 1817

Contents:
Occupiers near river have lands inundated for two years since use of spade machine was given up.

Burnt Fen I & Middle Fen Commissioners  S/B/SP/1080  April 1817

Contents:
That sluice doors be put down at Prickwillow Bridge.

Owen Gray  S/B/SP/1081  April 1817

Contents:
Seeks hiring of tolls at Denver Sluice.

Washington, John  S/B/SP/1082  April 1817

Contents:
For reduction of rent on his public house.

Northwold & Methwold  S/B/SP/1083  April 1817

Contents:
River Wissey is injuring their land, Stoke - Hilgay.

South Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1084  1817

Contents:
For course of Ouse to be altered so as to run through Sketchdole Holt.
Whitsun 1817

Commissioners of Middle Level  S/B/SP/1085  1817

Contents:
Tongs Drain to be properly excavated and banks raised if the Board could obtain a Government loan of £5000.
Whitsun 1817

Littleport & Downham occupiers  S/B/SP/1086  April 1818

Contents:
Owners and occupiers to be allowed to pass along the 100 foot bank toll-free.

Denver inhabitants  S/B/SP/1087  April 1818

Contents:
To be allowed to pass bridge at Denver Sluice on Sundays and holy days, toll free.

Little, John  S/B/SP/1088  April 1818

Contents:
For reimbursement of expenses of machines and horses for clearing Tongs Drain etc..

Denver landowners  S/B/SP/1089  April 1818

Contents:
To be excused tolls at bridge over Denver Sluice.

Waters, Charles  S/B/SP/1090  April 1818

Contents:
For reduction of rent on a double cottage at Welney (supported by letter from Edward Saffrey)

Freeman, John  S/B/SP/1091  16th April 1818

Contents:
Wishes to give up cottage near public house at Welch's Dam.

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1092  April 1818

Contents:
To be excused tolls at Old Bedford Sluice when fetching earth for repair of Barrier Bank.

Sears, Thomas  S/B/SP/1093  April 1818

Contents:
"The Three Horseshoes" at Oxload has been left in such a bad state of repair by the outgoing tenant that he cannot get a respectable new tenant.

Great South Bank owners  S/B/SP/1094  April 1818

Contents:
That their annual contribution of £30 be expended on repairs to the bank between Tower House and Waldersey Mills - not on Wisbech turnpike road, as before.

Hall, John, of Ely, common brewer  S/B/SP/1095  April 1818

Contents:
For renewal of lease of the "Plough & Fleece" on the 10 mile Bank.

Hibland, William  S/B/SP/1096  April 1818

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on 100 Foot Bank at Oxlode.

Clark, Efrem  S/B/SP/1097  April 1818

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on East bank of the Ouse.

Gudgen, John  S/B/SP/1098  April 1818

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the East bank of the Ouse.

Feltwell & Hockwold  S/B/SP/1099  April 1818

Contents:
For help in draining the district

Stoke Ferry, Northwold & Methwold  S/B/SP/1100  April 1818

Contents:
For help in cleansing Stoke River channel.

Akers, Thomas  S/B/SP/1101  April 1818

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on East bank of Ouse at Hilgay.

Blows, John  S/B/SP/1102  April 1919

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on 100 foot bank at Littleport.

Edmunds, G M, agent of Lord Eardley  S/B/SP/1103  April 1818

Contents:
For a bridge in Whittlesea to replace bridge in Wash under South bank of Moreton's Leam.

Stevens, Susanney  S/B/SP/1104  April 1818

Contents:
To continue tenancy of the "Plow" in Littleport.

Washington, Elizabeth  S/B/SP/1105  April 1818

Contents:
To continue tenancy of cottage of her late husband.

Stapler, John  S/B/SP/1106  April 1818

Contents:
Tenant of a public house on Wellon Bank, to be heard.

Hart, Job  S/B/SP/1107  April 1818

Contents:
For reduction of rent of cottage near Oxarilow Lode.

Butcher, Joseph  S/B/SP/1108  April 1818

Contents:
For a piece of land to build a cottage on North side of the Old Bedford Bank.

Youngs, Thomas, sluice keeper  S/B/SP/1109  1818

Contents:
Hears that his public house "The Three Fishes" is let to Mr Dunn of Chatteris, without his knowledge.
Whitsun 1818

Shepperson, Joseph  S/B/SP/1110  1818

Contents:
For leave to build a bridge over the Nene at Benwick.
Whitsun 1818

Smart, William  S/B/SP/1111  April 1818

Contents:
For permission to build a cottage on North bank of the Old Bedford bank.

Smart, John  S/B/SP/1112  1818

Contents:
For permission to build a cottage on North Bank of the Old Bedford bank.
Whitsun 1818

Robert, William, of Welch's Dam  S/B/SP/1113  1818

Contents:
For leave to occupy rest of house and hood for his carts when Mrs Barns leaves her part.
Whitsun 1818

Bidwell, John, of Welney  S/B/SP/1114  1818

Contents:
He is the legal owner of a house on the Bank, sold by his aunt during his minority.
Whitsun 1818

Gamble, John, and Flatt, John, of Denver  S/B/SP/1115  1818

Contents:
For exemption of toll at Salter's Lode Bridge.
Whitsun 1818

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham district  S/B/SP/1116  1818

Contents:
For leave to cut a catch-water drain at Grunty Fen.
Whitsun 1818

Ground, William Davie, of Whittlesea  S/B/SP/1117  1818

Contents:
William Cannon has forcibly entered into possession of part of his land and done damage thereon.
Whitsun 1818

Lavender, Roger, of Welney  S/B/SP/1118  [1818]

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the Old Bedford Bank, near Salter's Lode.

Southern, William  S/B/SP/1119  [1818]

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on East side of the Ouse.

Johnson, James  S/B/SP/1120  [1818]

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on 100 Foot Bank.

Carman, James  S/B/SP/1121  [1818]

Contents:
For lease to build a cottage on East bank of the Ouse.

Sexton, William  S/B/SP/1122  [1818]

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on East bank of the Ouse.

Bundle No.13.  [no ref.]  1819-1824

Read, Frances, widow  S/B/SP/1123  31st March 1819

Contents:
To remain in tenancy of small public house on Old Bedford Bank in Sutton.

Welney Wash owners in Upwell, Welney and Manea  S/B/SP/1124  April 1819

Contents:
Shutting of lake below Welney has caused damage to Barrier Bank; request for relief.

Owen, John, of Mepal, victualler  S/B/SP/1125  April 1819

Contents:
For new lease of "Three Pickerills" at Mepal.

Wells, Samuel  S/B/SP/1126  22nd April 1819

Contents:
For conveyance of land on the Cuthand Rill.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st district  S/B/SP/1127  April 1819

Contents:
Robert Eagle has erected a bridge over Lakenheath Lode, which prevents passage of boats carrying materials for repair of banks.

Youngs, Thomas, sluice keeper  S/B/SP/1128  April 1819

Contents:
To continue at the "Three Fishes" at Welch's Dam which his father built (many details).

Marshall, William, of Ely  S/B/SP/1129  April 1819

Contents:
For increase of his salary as Mace Bearer to Board, as fees formerly attached to the office are no longer received.

Commissioners of Hockwold and Feltwell 2nd district  S/B/SP/1130  April 1819

Contents:
Board has discontinued allowance for repairs to banks which has left it in embarrassed state: for relief.

Read, Frances, widow  S/B/SP/1131  april 1819

Contents:
To continue in occupation of cottage built by her husband, "The Fish" on Hundred Foot Bank at Sutton Gault, her sole means of support.

Hartley, William  S/B/SP/1132  April 1819

Contents:
If the Board takes away the house built by his father-in-law, William Foreman, "The Ship" at Purls Bridge, they will allow him part to live in, or pay compensation (family details included).

Wilkinson, Henry  S/B/SP/1133  April 1819

Contents:
For a further lease of the "Dog and Duck" (alias "The Crown") public house at Hilgay, built by his father-in-law, Peter Denny, deceased, 40 years ago (family details included).

Foreman, John, of Oxlode, Downham  S/B/SP/1134  April 1819

Contents:
For a fresh lease of "The Crown" at Oxlode, formerly rented by his uncle, John Foreman.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen District  S/B/SP/1135  April 1819

Contents:
To continue as tenants of Mildenhall Drove.

Denver Assessors  S/B/SP/1136  20th April 1819

Contents:
The Board to make the suggested alterations on banks and sluice house.

Goat, Edward  S/B/SP/1137  April 1819

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on East bank of the Ouse below Brandcreek bridge, adjoining his father's cottage.

Panton, Isaac  S/B/SP/1138  April 1819

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on West bank of the Ouse near Littleport bridge.

Watson, John  S/B/SP/1139  April 1819

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on Littleport Ferry.

Simkins, William  S/B/SP/1140  April 1819

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on 100 foot bank at corner of Messrs Little's farm.

Golding, Thomas  S/B/SP/1141  April 1819

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on 100 foot back, south-west of "The Crown" (with site plan)

Bowker, David  S/B/SP/1142  April 1819

Contents:
For increase in wages as sluice keeper at Standground Sluice on the Nene, as his work has increased.

Horne, William  S/B/SP/1143  April 1819

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on 100 foot bank at corner of Mr Little's farm.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/1144  1819

Contents:
The Board has let the East Bank of the Ouse from Brandon Creek to Littleport Bridge, but it does not belong to them.
Whitsun 1819

Owen, John  S/B/SP/1145  1819

Contents:
To allow Mepal parish to cut a pipe tunnel in the 100 foot bank, 100 yards below Mepal Bridge, to supply a well.
Whitsun 1819

Burnt Fen Commissioners 2nd District  S/B/SP/1146  1819

Contents:
To take earth from the Wash on the South side of the Mildenhall river for repairs to bank on north side.
Whitsun 1819

Needham's Charity Trustees  S/B/SP/1147  1819

Contents:
Ask the Board to continue to hold their alternate annual meetings at the White Hart Inn at Ely, now taken over by Mr and Mrs Beecroft and much improved, being the property of the charity.
Whitsun 1819

Lee, W  S/B/SP/1148  1819

Contents:
For permission to erect a bridge over the drain in Wash at Welney to facilitate communication between Ely and Wisbech.
Whitsun 1819

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/1149  1819

Contents:
To lower the tunnels under the 100 foot bank at Oxlode ant Goldings to let water into the fen at dry seasons.
Whitsun 1819

Bodger, Elizabeth  S/B/SP/1150  April 1820

Contents:
Petition of Richard Neeve that she be allowed to stay in her cottage.

Bates, Robert  S/B/SP/1151  April 1820

Contents:
For reduction of his rent on bank of Ouse from Hilgay Creek to Modney (details of circumstances).

Youngs - Widow of Thomas of Welches Dam  S/B/SP/1152  17th April 1820

Contents:
For an annuity and to find her a home as she has left "The Three Fishes" at the Board's request.

Manea landowners and occupiers  S/B/SP/1153  April 1820

Contents:
For exemption from tolls at Welch's Dam and Earth as their lands are charged with repairs to the banks of the Old Bedford river.

Willingham inhabitants  S/B/SP/1154  31st March 1820

Contents:
For exemption from tolls at the Hermitage Sluice at Willingham while fetching fuel, in return for repairs to bank.

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank from Welches Dam to Salter's Lode  S/B/SP/1155  April 1820

Contents:
The Board to buy a good piece of land to provide suitable earth for bank repairs.

Gray, Owen, of March, common brewer  S/B/SP/1156  April 1820

Contents:
For reduction of rent of toll near Denver Sluice: hired "Three Tuns" on Welling Bank in very bad state, asks for part of repair money to be refunded, bills enclosed.

Edmonds, G M, agent of Lord Eardley  S/B/SP/1157  20th April 1820

Contents:
For authorisation of pointing doors erected in Bevill's Leam two years previously.

Commissioners of Cawdle Fen  S/B/SP/1158  5th April 1820

Contents:
For leave to take material for repair of banks from Roswell Hill.

Commissioners of Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1159  April 1820

Contents:
For engineers to examine state of channels of Ouse and Lark and to authorise use of spade machine for clearing river Ouse, and for financial help in repairing damage from recent flood - £500 already spent and much more required.

Fuller, George, of Littleport  S/B/SP/1160  April 1820

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on Ten Mile Bank near "Plough" public house.

Smart, George, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1161  April 1820

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on bank of Bedford River.

Ambrose, William, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1162  April 1820

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on bank of Bedford River at Welney.

Smart, Edward, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1163  April 1820

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on bank of Bedford River at Welney.

Reeve, George  S/B/SP/1164  April 1820

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on bank of 100 Foot River near Bate's Drove.

Stevenson, William  S/B/SP/1165  April 1820

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage near Littleport Key adjoining the Old Croft River.

Coulson, Henry  S/B/SP/1166  April 1820

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on south bank of Moreton's Leam near the gate at Guyhirn.

Downham Market, Denver and Upwell landowners and occupiers  S/B/SP/1167  April 1820

Contents:
For exemption from Tolls at Salter's Lode Sluice in Denver.

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham District  S/B/SP/1168  1820

Contents:
Ten Mile Bank trodden down by cattle and Admiral Woolley's part of bank again much dilapidated - request for repairs to be ordered.
Whitsun 1820

Commissioners of Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/1169  1820

Contents:
For leave to let water for cattle in at Hermitage Sluice from the West River.
Whitsun 1820

Manea landowners and occupiers  S/B/SP/1170  [n.d.]

Contents:
For bridge at Welch's Dam to be repaired.
Whitsun 1820

Saffrey, Edmund  S/B/SP/1171  1820

Contents:
Purchased 2 acres of land from Wilde's heirs in April 1818 and paid tax on it in April 1819; Edmund Saffrey is not yet in possession of the property and wishes to have possession of it.
Whitsun 1820

Fodderfen, Downham landowners and occupiers  S/B/SP/1172  1820

Contents:
To be heard concerning order of Board Superintendent to fill in ditches next to Black Bank alias Fodderfen Bank (notice enclosed)
Whitsun 1820

Youngs - widow of Thomas of Welch's Dam  S/B/SP/1173  1820

Contents:
For a piece of ground at Purls Bridge promised to her late husband, and leave to build a cottage on it.
Whitsun 1820

Welney inhabitants  S/B/SP/1174  1820

Contents:
Bridge over Bedford river in great decay; that it may be repaired.
Whitsun 1820

Commissioners of New Fen district  S/B/SP/1175  April 1821

Contents:
That the grip in the back of the Ouse from Southery Ferry to Brandon Creek may be closed as it is a danger to the area in time of flood.

Gamble, John junr  S/B/SP/1176  April 1821

Contents:
On his additional tax of 3s. 4d. on his land at Denver; asks the reason for it.

Pitchford, William, esq, of West Ham, Essex  S/B/SP/1177  April 1821

Contents:
The Corporation's workmen have dug and taken away gault from his land at Sutton and Mepal without his permission; requests for compensation (detailed)

Neeve, Richard, of Downham Market, yeoman  S/B/SP/1178  April 1821

Contents:
To continue in occupation of cottage on the Ten Mile Bank at Hilgay, granted to his wife's grandfather, John Bodger (family details included).

Johnson, Richard, of Mepal  S/B/SP/1179  April 1821

Contents:
For erection of a chaise house at the "Three Fishes" public house of which he is landlord.

Commissioners of Middle Level  S/B/SP/1180  19th April 1821

Contents:
Damage done to dike in Ramsey Turf Fen and Uggmere Cote Drove by navigation; stream blocked by silt in consequence; also river at Stanground needs scouring.

Owners of land drained by doors in Old Bedford Bank  S/B/SP/1181  April 1821

Contents:
Doors in a bad state, should be secured.

Newton, John  S/B/SP/1182  April 1821

Contents:
For the rent of his cottage to revert to 5s. pa instead of £1 as he is now old and poor.

Inhabitants of Littleport  S/B/SP/1183  1st March 1821

Contents:
Upwell has indicted Littleport to compel them to make a road between them; permission asked to search Board's documents for evidence to use in their case (details of road given)

Gray, Owen and Nathan  S/B/SP/1184  April 1821

Contents:
For reimbursement of £53. 13. for repairs to a house at Welches Dam occupied by Abraham Lepla.

Bidwell, Charles, of Ely, gent  S/B/SP/1185  April 1821

Contents:
For leave to take earth from Roswell Hill for repairs to a haling way in his occupation.

Downham Parish  S/B/SP/1186  April 1821

Contents:
To be admitted as tenants of cottage lately occupied by Job Harle.

Onis, Lyster, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1187  April 1821

Contents:
For a piece of land on Bedford Bank and to erect a cottage thereon.

Southwell, John, of Welney, thatcher  S/B/SP/1188  April 1821

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the Old Bedford Bank at Welney near the bridge.

Blows, John, of Welney, millwright  S/B/SP/1189  April 1821

Contents:
Alteration of site for his cottage from 100 foot Bank to Old Bedford Bank.

Weldon, John, of Chatteris  S/B/SP/1190  [n.d.]

Contents:
Hired the Bank from Welch's Dam to Purl's Bridge and the Old Bedford Bank from Purl's Bridge to Welney: feed therefrom now destroyed: abatement of rent asked.
Whitsun 1821

Shillitoe, John junr  S/B/SP/1191  [n.d.]

Contents:
The devisees of the late John Wild esq are entitled to 80 acres of land in Whelpmoor.
Whitsun 1821

Gilbert, Thomas, labouring banker  S/B/SP/1192  13th June 1821

Contents:
Rent in arrears begs that it should revert to 5s. pa.

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1193  1821

Contents:
For good earth for repair of banks.
Whitsun 1821

Denver Sluice  S/B/SP/1194  30th July 1821

Contents:
Ebb doors now useless, could they be sold and money used to improve the river between Clayhithe Sluice and Littleport.

Walker, Henry, of Welney, carpenter  S/B/SP/1195  April 1822

Contents:
For leave to occupy a cottage of the late Joseph Savage and his widow Elizabeth.

James, Robert  S/B/SP/1196  April 1822

Contents:
To be continued as tenant of cottage on Bedford Bank near Welney and will do repairs.

Cole, Frances, widow, of Downham  S/B/SP/1197  April 1822

Contents:
For rent to be reduced to 5s. instead of £2.

Coulson, Henry  S/B/SP/1198  April 1822

Contents:
For rent to be reduced from £50 for feed on South Bank of Moreton's Leam (originally £74).

Bradley, George, of Whittlesey, farmer  S/B/SP/1199  April 1822

Contents:
For rent to be reduced for part of the Five Mile Bank and for exemption from toll at Guyhirn.

Commissioners of the 100 foot washes  S/B/SP/1200  April 1822

Contents:
For the Board to take whole of charges for repair of sluice at Mepal Great Dyke.

Spikings, John and Richard Oldroyd  S/B/SP/1201  April 1822

Contents:
Tenants of March Farm at Tid St Giles and Tid St Mary's, for relief on account of agricultural depression.

Commissioners of Feltwell and New Fen  S/B/SP/1202  April 1822

Contents:
East bank of Ouse and north bank of Brandon River are out of repair: Commissioners have spent £200 on them, but another £300 needed, and they are in debt.

Clarke, Samuel  S/B/SP/1203  April 1822

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the east bank of the Ouse.

Thorpe, John  S/B/SP/1204  April 1822

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the bank of river Lark.

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1205  April 1822

Contents:
Have spent £1600+ (accounts enclosed) on repair of bank but it is still not in good state.

Harlock, William - of Ely  S/B/SP/1206  April 1822

Contents:
Has spent £36. 6s. 7d. in repairs to the "Chequers" at Purl's Bridge and the "Chain" at Sutton Gault - for repayment.

Fryer, Daniel & Thomas  S/B/SP/1207  April 1822

Contents:
To renew lease of Horseway House and land at Chatteris which they bought from the late John Westwood (plan).

Wisbech Corporation  S/B/SP/1208  April 1822

Contents:
To postpone the proposed improvements between the outfall of the Nene to Peterborough (owing to the agricultural depression).

Bell, William of Southery  S/B/SP/1209  1822

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on East bank of Ouse near Southery Ferry.
Whitsun 1822

Littleport and Downham occupiers  S/B/SP/1210  1822

Contents:
To be heard on subject of repairs of 100 foot bank.
Whitsun 1822

Chatteris parishioners  S/B/SP/1211  1822

Contents:
For a donation to repair of Horseway Bridge which has given way.
Whitsun 1822

Welney Wash  S/B/SP/1212  1822

Contents:
For help to improvement of outfall of river to Welmore Lake.
Whitsun 1822

Middle Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1213  1822

Contents:
For money to make improvements to Tong's Drain and its doors - with detailed observations on same and Well Creek.
Whitsun 1822

Middle Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1214  April 1822

Contents:
Have expended over £60,000 on rivers and Tongs Drain.

Mayle, James  S/B/SP/1215  April 1823

Contents:
Complains of his neighbours taking his fodder and trespass.

Wells, Samuel  S/B/SP/1216  April 1823

Contents:
For exemption from tolls and repairing of road from Bedford's Toll.

Spikings, John, and Richard Oldway  S/B/SP/1217  April 1823

Contents:
Thanks for reduction of rent for the Marsh Farm.

Baker, John, of Ely  S/B/SP/1218  April 1823

Contents:
About his taxes.

Willingham parishioners  S/B/SP/1219  April 1823

Contents:
For the gate at Hermitage Sluice to be free of toll.

Welney Wash  S/B/SP/1220  April 1823

Contents:
For helping the North Barrier Bank at Welney.

Andrews, Thomas, of Chatteris, yeoman  S/B/SP/1221  April 1823

Contents:
For road to his farm [?] Oldhalves at Chatteris.

Wisbech  S/B/SP/1222  April 1823

Contents:
History of the River Nene, its navigation and the Standground Sluice.

Smith, Rev Samuel Colby, of Denver  S/B/SP/1223  April 1823

Contents:
For exemption of tolls at Salter's Lode Bridge.

Green, John, of Whittlesey, labourer  S/B/SP/1224  April 1823

Contents:
For leave to carry gravel up North and South Level drains.

Scott, Thomas, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1225  April 1823

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the East bank of the Ouse.

Smith, William, if Hilgay  S/B/SP/1226  April 1823

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the West bank of the Ouse.

Proctor, William, of Southery  S/B/SP/1227  April 1823

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the East bank of the Ouse.

Newton, William  S/B/SP/1228  April 1823

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100 foot at Oxlode.

Gilbert, James, of Oxlode  S/B/SP/1229  April 1823

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100 foot at Oxlode.

James, William, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1230  April 1823

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the Old Bedford at Purl's Bridge.

Hartley, Joseph, of Manea  S/B/SP/1231  April 1823

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the Old Bedford at Purl's Bridge.

Old Bedford river  S/B/SP/1232  1823

Contents:
For ebb doors at mouth of Old Bedford
Whitsun 1823

Middle Level owners etc  S/B/SP/1233  1823

Contents:
For a tunnel through the North Bank of Old Bedford and repair of doors at Welch's Dam (plan)
Whitsun 1823

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1234  1823

Contents:
For haling to be done on Scradge Bank instead of the 100 Foot Bank.
Whitsun 1823

Commissioners of the 100 Foot  S/B/SP/1235  1823

Contents:
For an overfall at top of Old Bedford near Earith Causeway.
Whitsun 1823

Read, Stephen, of Sutton  S/B/SP/1236  1823

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the Old Bedford Bank.
Whitsun 1823

Hopkinson, Rev Samuel Edward  S/B/SP/1237  1823

Contents:
Owners of farm and cottage at Welch's Dam, cottage deserted (and no tax or rent paid) by William Roberts: ask to be admitted as tenants, himself and Sarah Hopkinson, widow.
Whitsun 1823

Chatteris Parishioners  S/B/SP/1238  1823

Contents:
Again asking for donation towards rebuilding of Horseway Bridge which has cost them £250.
Whitsun 1823

Commissioners of 100 Foot washes  S/B/SP/1239  April 1824

Contents:
For bridge at Earith Causeway.

100 Foot Washes occupiers  S/B/SP/1240  April 1824

Contents:
Outfall not sufficient to carry off flood washes.

Vipan, Benjamin, and others  S/B/SP/1241  April 1824

Contents:
Compensation for damage by diversion at Earith.

Middle and South Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1242  April 1824

Contents:
For a bridge over 100 Foot river to replace floating bridge.

Eagle, Francis King  S/B/SP/1243  April 1824

Contents:
For the ebb doors at Denver Sluice.

Metcalfe, John  S/B/SP/1244  April 1824

Contents:
For abatement of rent owing to loss of fishery.

Thurloe's Drove occupiers  S/B/SP/1245  April 1824

Contents:
For review of Drove from Horseway to Bedlam Bridge to prevent encroachment.

Welney Wash  S/B/SP/1246  April 1824

Contents:
North Barrier Bank, lower end still in dangerous state and occupiers have already spent £2,600 on it.

Harlock, William and John  S/B/SP/1247  April 1824

Contents:
"Chequers" at Purl's Bridge and "Chain" at Sutton in bad state and petitioners have spent over £60 on repairs.

Bedford, William  S/B/SP/1248  April 1824

Contents:
Cut through Bank below Earith has caused loss to his toll.

Owen, John, of Mepal  S/B/SP/1249  April 1824

Contents:
For abatement of rent owing to loss of fisheries.

Maxon, Richard, of Downham, labourer  S/B/SP/1250  April 1824

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100 Foot river between Oxlode and Welney.

Barber, Thomas, of Oxlode  S/B/SP/1251  April 1824

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100 Foot river at Oxlode.

Stephens, WWaddelow, of Oxlode, labourer  S/B/SP/1252  April 1824

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100 Foot river at Oxlode.

Andrews, Thomas, of Chatteris  S/B/SP/1253  April 1824

Contents:
For a road to his farm at Oldhalves.

Jacob, Thomas  S/B/SP/1254  April 1824

Contents:
To be admitted tenant of cottage, late of Alice Wiles.

Harpley, John, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1255  April 1824

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage at Hunt's Sluice.

Moore, John, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1256  April 1824

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage at Hunt's Sluice.

Old West Water  S/B/SP/1257  April 1824

Contents:
For drainage of --: lowering of sill of Hermitage Sluice and erection of ebb doors.

Gilbert, Thomas, of Downham  S/B/SP/1258  April 1824

Contents:
To forego arrears and revert to rent of 5s pa.

Little, Joseph  S/B/SP/1259  April 1824

Contents:
For abatement of rent, owing to injury caused by the scouring of the 100 Foot river.

Budd, John, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1260  April 1824

Contents:
William Baxter demands a passage through his (John Budd's) premises.

Middle Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1261  April 1824

Contents:
Threshold of Standground Sluice must be lowered to help navigation.

Commissioners of 4th, 5th and 6th districts of March  S/B/SP/1262  April 1824

Contents:
For a pair of pointing doors to be placed where the 20 foot drain runs into the Nene.

Thing, John, of Westminster  S/B/SP/1263  April 1824

Contents:
For continuance of allowance of £10 pa granted to his mother (for the Three Tuns at Welney ?)

Manea and Welney occupiers  S/B/SP/1264  April 1824

Contents:
Several breaches in Great West Bank, partly due to negligence of William Seayers, and to appoint Andrew Gunton of Manea in his place. Bedford Bank near Welney also breached: to give leave to Richard Sears to take earth for repairs of same.

Old West Water  S/B/SP/1265  1824

Contents:
Estimate for scouring, with a 20 foot top, would be £1200, and for help toward this sum.
Whitsun 1824

South Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1266  1824

Contents:
For deepening and scouring rivers, and arrangements for waters of the Cam and the Lark: applying to Parliament for a Bill.
Whitsun 1824

Ouse Bank occupiers  S/B/SP/1267  ? 1824

Contents:
Bank between Downham Bridge and Denver Sluice needing repair: for leave to take earth from foreshore of St John's Eau.

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1268  1824

Contents:
For the Delph to be scoured from Welch's Dam to Welney to be rendered fit for navigation
Whitsun 1824

Commissioners of Swaffham District  S/B/SP/1269  1824

Contents:
For repair of Bottisham and Reach Sluices.
Whitsun 1824

Bevill, Robert  S/B/SP/1270  14th September 1824

Contents:
Application for post of Register and Auditor held by his late father

Northwold etc occupiers  S/B/SP/1271  10th December 1824

Contents:
Defective state of the River Wissey from Stoke Bridge to the Ouse.

Kirkby, John  S/B/SP/1272  [1824]

Contents:
Is assessed for greater tax than his lands warrant: particulars enclosed.

Bundle No.14  [no ref.]  1825-1828

Warner, Charles of Eye, Northants  S/B/SP/1273  10th March 1825

Contents:
For renewal of lease on Bank near Eye, as he wishes to build six more cottages thereon.

Northwold etc occupiers  S/B/SP/1274  April 1825

Contents:
For scouring of river Wissey and for the use of the Crabb machine therefore and for financial help.

Chatteris parishioners  S/B/SP/1275  20th April 1825

Contents:
For rebuilding of Horseway Bridge.

Bevill, Mrs Janet Ann  S/B/SP/1276  April 1825

Contents:
Widow of Board's late Register for help.

Wright, Thomas  S/B/SP/1277  April 1825

Contents:
That copyhold and Adventurers' land on Chatteris should be distinguished.

Palmer, Bejamin and others  S/B/SP/1278  April 1825

Contents:
For exemption from toll at Denver Sluice.

Vipan, Benjamin, of Mepal, brewer  S/B/SP/1279  April 1825

Contents:
For leave to erect a public house at Welmore Lake Sluice.

Thing, John, of Welney  S/B/SP/1280  April 1825

Contents:
For continuation of his annuity.

Harrison, William  S/B/SP/1281  April 1825

Contents:
For reduction of rent of his cottage at Oxlode.

Stubbs, Francis, gentleman of Long Acre, London  S/B/SP/1282  April 1825

Contents:
Has already paid his taxes last November and encloses receipt - not liable for penalty.

Gilbert, Thomas, of Downham, labourer  S/B/SP/1283  April 1825

Contents:
Used to pay rent of 5s. pa but cannot pay £1 pa.

Human, John  S/B/SP/1284  20th April 1825

Contents:
To be heard re Royle (?) Hill Pits.

Barnes, William, of Welches Dam, labourer  S/B/SP/1285  April 1825

Contents:
For rent to be reduced to £1 from £2, has spent much in repairs to cottage.

Steam Packet owners  S/B/SP/1286  April 1825

Contents:
For the Pen Sluice at Denver to be lengthened (2nd November 1824).

Spenceley, Peter, carpenter  S/B/SP/1287  April 1825

Contents:
Was employed in the erection of Mr Revis' hydraulic machine for draining and expended £276 in materials, but machine has not answered its purpose.

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1288  April 1825

Contents:
That waters of Grunty Fen be conveyed by their original outlet at Thetford.

Hudson, John  S/B/SP/1289  April 1825

Contents:
For leave to build a blacksmith's shop near Denver Sluice.

Spikings, John, and Richard Aldroyd, farmers of Tid St Giles  S/B/SP/1290  April 1825

Contents:
For renewal of lease of the "Corporation Marsh Farm".

Navigation Trustees  S/B/SP/1291  18th April 1825

Contents:
For improving the navigation between Peterborough and Wisbech, especially at Standground Sluice and Woodstone Gravel.

North Barrier Bank occupiers  S/B/SP/1292  April 1825

Contents:
For an additional officer for districts beyond Mepal.

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1293  April 1825

Contents:
For ebb doors at the New Sluice at Welmore Lanke.

Commissioners of Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1294  April 1825

Contents:
For leave to use a spade machine in rivers of South Level.

Baker, John, of Hockwold and Feltwell  S/B/SP/1295  April 1825

Contents:
Pays nearly £80 pa to Board; river from Crosswater to Brandon Creek Bridge choked with mud.

Commissioners of Burnt Fen 1st District  S/B/SP/1296  April 1825

Contents:
For working a spade machine in river of South Level.

Owen, John  S/B/SP/1297  April 1825

Contents:
For lease of late John Foreman's cottage which he has rebuilt.

Lewis, John, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1298  April 1825

Contents:
For piece of land and building a cottage on Old Bedford Bank at Welney.

Boyce, John, of Welney  S/B/SP/1299  April 1825

Contents:
For piece of land and building a cottage on Old Bedford Bank at Welney.

Horsely, Ann, of Littleport  S/B/SP/1300  April 1825

Contents:
For a lease of a cottage at foot of Mowfen Bridge, Littleport.

Moat, William (or Mote)  S/B/SP/1301  April 1825

Contents:
For lease to build a cottage on Low Bank of Bedford River.

Mote, James  S/B/SP/1302  April 1825

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on low bank of Bedford River.

Beart, Morley  S/B/SP/1303  April 1825

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on low bank of Bedford River, at Welney.

Mott, Thomas, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1304  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on North side of Bedford River.

Bell, John  S/B/SP/1305  April 1825

Contents:
For lease of cottage which he has built.

Downham Market occupiers  S/B/SP/1306  1825

Contents:
For the "spoil Earth" on the 100 Foot Bank for repair.
Whitsun 1825

Great West Fen, Hilgay  S/B/SP/1307  1825

Contents:
For money to repair South Bank of River Wissey and north bank of Samm's Cut.
Whitsun 1825

Foreman, William, of Purl's Bridge  S/B/SP/1308  1825

Contents:
For restoration of self and wife to his cottage (25th May 1825).
Whitsun 1825

Harlock, Robert  S/B/SP/1309  1825

Contents:
Will pay tax for 1 acre for 20 years.
Whitsun 1825

Jackson, Hugh, of Wisbech, gentleman  S/B/SP/1310  1825

Contents:
As trustee of Rev William Walker, asks to be heard re 5 acres in Downham Fen.
Whitsun 1825

Trustees of Turnpike Road  S/B/SP/1311  1825

Contents:
To remove cottage of widow Savage and to build another for her.
Whitsun 1825

Vipan, Benjamin, of Mepal, common brewer  S/B/SP/1312  1825

Contents:
Foundations of "Three Fishes" have given way; for repair of same.
Whitsun 1825

Flanders, Smith, of Littleport, farmer  S/B/SP/1313  April 1826

Contents:
Has been taxed for 450 acres instead of 439.

Nene river, owners of boats on  S/B/SP/1314  April 1826

Contents:
William Margetts esq of Huntingdon has set up posts and rails to prevent horses haling along the banks.

Wicken, owers of fen lands  S/B/SP/1315  April 1826

Contents:
Upware Sluice in very bad repair.

Young, Thomas, of Well Fen, labourer  S/B/SP/1316  April 1826

Contents:
That his late father's allowance of £15 pa be allowed to him instead of to his mother-in-law.

Freeman, John, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1317  April 1826

Contents:
Cottage on Welney Bank, in occupation of John Turner, belongs to him.

Goldings, Robert, of Manea, yeoman  S/B/SP/1318  April 1826

Contents:
For office of Sluice Keeper at Welmore Lake.

Lepla, Abraham, of Welches Dam  S/B/SP/1319  April 1826

Contents:
"Three Fishes" much out of repair: he is keeper.

Goldsmith, Benjamin  S/B/SP/1320  April 1826

Contents:
Work on the 100 foot bank has destroyed feed on the banks: for relief in compensation.

Ayres, William  S/B/SP/1321  April 1826

Contents:
Work on the 100 foot bank has destroyed feed on the banks: for relief in compensation.

Commissioners of Great West Fen, Hilgay  S/B/SP/1322  April 1826

Contents:
Money for repair of east bank of the Ouse not received.

Trustees of tonnage payment  S/B/SP/1323  13th May 1826

Contents:
That admission of water through Standground Sluice be better regulated.

Commissioners of river Nene  S/B/SP/1324  1826

Contents:
Corporation should erect ebb doors at Salter's Lode and Old Bedford sluices; Receiver General to apply for payment of annuity by Commissioners.
Whitsun 1826

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1325  1826

Contents:
To compel William Beeton to put tunnel in 100 foot Bank in repair.
Whitsun 1826

Robinson, Thomas  S/B/SP/1326  1826

Contents:
Arrears claimed on 18 acres 2 roods of Fen Farm of late John Robinson - these do not form part of farm.
Whitsun 1826.

Baker, John  S/B/SP/1327  1826

Contents:
For use of roading machine to clear weeds in Brandon River.
Whitsun 1826

Commissioners of Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1328  1826

Contents:
For the bank to be flagged.
Whitsun 1826

Flatt, John, of Denver, farmer  S/B/SP/1329  1826

Contents:
To lay down tunnel again under Long Wash Bank.
Whitsun 1826

Dryside and The Mush occupiers  S/B/SP/1330  1826

Contents:
Alterations and removal of Fields End Bridge sluice have deprived them of water.
Whitsun 1826

Commissioners of Manea district  S/B/SP/1331  1826

Contents:
The new sluice at Welmore Lake will cause flooding of the Upland water to their property: for a new delve to be cut at the lower end of Welmore Lake.
Whitsun 1826

Evans, H R, for Bishop of Ely, and Samuel Farmer Esq and his tenants  S/B/SP/1332  April 1827

Contents:
Board has taken more gault from Roswell Hill than agreement allowed and has not paid for it nor compensation, and a further memorial on same.

Page, Mary, of Littleport  S/B/SP/1333  April 1827

Contents:
Her three orphan grandchildren whose parents were tenants of Board, have been turned out of their cottage.

Gill, Thomas, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1334  April 1827

Contents:
For a piece of land in Welney formerly belonging to his father.

Freeman, John  S/B/SP/1335  April 1827

Contents:
Is entitled to a cottage let to John Wiseman.

Huckle, John  S/B/SP/1336  April 1827

Contents:
The Board has ordered a house on 100 foot bank to be taken down; he bought it for £60 and £20 of repairs - for help to build him another.

Butt, Rev J W, of Southery  S/B/SP/1337  April 1827

Contents:
For scouring out of Sam's Cut Drain or help toward the £320 estimated for work.

South Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1338  April 1827

Contents:
For Board to affix their seal to bill before Parliament to improve drainage and navigation of South Level.

Baker, John  S/B/SP/1339  April 1827

Contents:
To be allowed to see the orders of appointment of Staunch Keeper at Crosswater in Brandon river.

Hills, John, receiver of cottage rents  S/B/SP/1340  April 1827

Contents:
Expenses of collecting rents are £2. 10s. and begs to have this in addition to his wage of £10 pa.

Chapman, Adam, of Nordelph, carpenter  S/B/SP/1341  April 1827

Contents:
Has lost £200 through pit for new sluice at Welmore Lake not being ready for his work.

Mott, John, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1342  April 1827

Contents:
For leave to build a tenement above the third mill from Welney.

Commissioners for Bardolph Fen  S/B/SP/1343  April 1827

Contents:
Intend to lower sill of sluice and put in two new doors. For leave to take water from Tong's Drain during such work. Minutes of Commissioners meeting enclosed.

Hockwold Parish  S/B/SP/1344  1827

Contents:
For removal of manager of the staunch at Crosswater, who holds up their water in order to fish.
Whitsun 1827

Baker, John  S/B/SP/1345  1827

Contents:
That John Shinn is illegally retaining the keepership of the Brandon river staunch, although Thomas Cooper was elected to the office in 1826.
Whitsun 1827

Wisbech Turnpike Trustees  S/B/SP/1346  1827

Contents:
That the Board should hear their Treasurer, Hugh Jackson, on the cost of maintenance of the road on the bank from Hamlyns Gull to Town House.
Whitsun 1827

Page, Mary  S/B/SP/1347  1827

Contents:
Guardian of children of late John Page of Welney, to be leased cottage on the Low Bank, Welney.
Whitsun 1827

Spalding, William, of St Ives (toll-gate keeper)  S/B/SP/1348  1827

Contents:
River so low that it is un-navigable and he is losing on the tolls.
Whitsun 1827

Merchants (Cambridge to Lynn)  S/B/SP/1349  1827

Contents:
For a dam to be placed in the Ouse near Ely to preserve navigation for the summer.
Whitsun 1827

Goldsmith, John Exor, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1350  1827

Contents:
Claims compensation from the Board for 6 acres 21 perches taken by the Board and 2 years rent for same.
Whitsun 1827

Burwell and Wicken owners  S/B/SP/1351  1827

2 copies

Contents:
For repair of Reach Sluice
Whitsun 1827

Merchants (from Bedford to Lynn)  S/B/SP/1352  June 1827

Contents:
For leave to erect a temporary staunch at Eau Brink: embodying Telford's report on the river from St Ives to Earith.

District of Denver Sluice occupiers  S/B/SP/1353  September 1827

Contents:
Since the making of the Eau Brink Cut, the tidal waters of the Ouse are very salt, admitted through Denver Sluice to aid navigation.

Parr, Mark, and Richard Jeffery  S/B/SP/1354  April 1828

Contents:
Have, as keepers of Reach Lode and Bottisham Sluices, attended to same, being ignorant of an order last April to discontinue the payment - sue for their wages.

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1355  April 1828

Contents:
£2,000 for making the Scradge Bank a haling bank.

Commissioners of Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1356  April 1828

Contents:
Bank has been injured by waters running through the Seven Holes sluice at Earith - also the dam in the Counter Drain near Fortrey's Hall interferes with fresh water supply.

Pearson, John, of Fortrey's Hall, labourer  S/B/SP/1357  April 1828

Contents:
To be admitted as tenant of his grandfather's cottage on Old Bedford Barrier Bank.

Lyall, Charles of Southwark  S/B/SP/1358  10th April 1828

Contents:
Reasons for his objection to paying rent for his mustard mill and its supply of water at Downham.

Saberton, William, of Witcham, farmer  S/B/SP/1359  April 1828

Contents:
For exemption from tolls at Welches Dam.

Wissey river, occupiers near  S/B/SP/1360  April 1828

Contents:
For the better drainage of the river (25th March 1828)

Commissioners of Manea and Welney district  S/B/SP/1361  April 1828

Contents:
Encroachment by William James on the Low Bank report of a meeting held by commissioners 26th March 1828.

Trustees of Turnpike Road  S/B/SP/1362  April 1828

Contents:
From Littleport to Welney, to erect a toll gate near Bates' Drove.

Laws, Jacob, of Hilgay, labourer  S/B/SP/1363  April 1828

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on east bank of Ouse.

Sparrow, Robert, of Littleport  S/B/SP/1364  April 1828

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on west bank of Ouse.

Newton, Peter, of Oxlode (banker)  S/B/SP/1365  April 1828

Contents:
For land and leave to build a cottage on the 100 Foot bank.

Robinson, William, labourer  S/B/SP/1366  April 1828

Contents:
For land to build a cottage on the 100 Foot bank.

Waters, James, of Mepal  S/B/SP/1367  April 1828

Contents:
For land to build a cottage on Old Bedford County Wash.

Cross, John, of Chesterton (lighterman and boatwright)  S/B/SP/1368  April 1828

Contents:
Accident at Denver Sluice owing to bad weather 3 lighters were sunk and 1 destroyed, sluice doors also damaged.

Swaffham Prior owners  S/B/SP/1369  April 1828

Contents:
To make a tunnel under the bank of the Cam between Swaffham and Reach Lodes for supply of water in summer.

Peterborough, Eye, etc, owners  S/B/SP/1370  April 1828

Contents:
To make a tunnel under north bank of Smith's Leam for supply of water in summer.

North Level 2nd and 4th districts  S/B/SP/1371  April 1828

Contents:
Objecting to a tunnel being made in North bank of Moreton's Leam Wash and reasons.

Merchants on Ouse  S/B/SP/1372  1828

Contents:
For necessary repairs to haling path from Mepal Bridge to Branghill Pits, Sutton.
Whitsun 1828

Searle, William and Co, common brewers  S/B/SP/1373  1828

Contents:
House and stables at Denver sluice need repairs.
Whitsun 1828

Margetts, William, and others  S/B/SP/1374  1828

Contents:
Mr Allen Walker is injuring his neighbours in order to grow reeds and dig turf.
Whitsun 1828

Williams, James, of Crowland  S/B/SP/1375  1828

Contents:
For leave to build a house and offices for about £100 on the back of the Welland Bank.
Whitsun 1828

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1376  1828

Contents:
Part of river Delph needs excavating, cost is estimated at £1,055, will Board advance half.
Whitsun 1828

Cross, John  S/B/SP/1377  1828

Contents:
Expostulating at £50 for damage done to Denver Sluice in accident where he lost 4 lighters (see April).
Whitsun 1828

Bundle No.15  [no ref.]  1829-1834

Cranbrook etc and Black Sluice occupiers  S/B/SP/1378  April 1829

Contents:
Drainage very defective and Black Sluice out of repair, with letter from John Owen.

Barnes, William, of Welches Dam, labourer  S/B/SP/1379  April 1829

Contents:
For a continuation of lease of house he now occupies.

Pearson, John, of Fortreys Hill, labourer  S/B/SP/1380  April 1829

Contents:
To be admitted tenant of a house previously occupied by his grandfather, Thomas Pearson.

Robinson, Thomas esq, of Lakenheath  S/B/SP/1381  April 1829

Contents:
Bought 345a. in Burnt Fen and another 15a.2r. in same lot on advice of later register, but land not set out to him and encloses list of taxes and fees paid.

Smith, Thomas  S/B/SP/1382  April 1829

Contents:
Married Widow Pearson who had a hovel on Barrier Bank, and provided for her 4 children and improved hovel.

South Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1383  April 1829

Contents:
Drainage bad - wish to be assisted in same way as Middle Level: opening of Sandy's Cut suggested.

Coulson, Henry  S/B/SP/1384  April 1829

Contents:
Asks to be heard on subject of South Bank of Moreton's Leam.

Trustees of Turnpike Road from Littleport to Welney  S/B/SP/1385  April 1829

Contents:
Have erected a new toll house gate near north end of Bates' Drove and appointed Thomas Golding for 3 years. Board to extend lease.

Cross, John, of Chesterton (waterman)  S/B/SP/1386  April 1829

Contents:
Thomas King damaged Denver Sluice and JC is accounted responsible and fined £20 which he cannot pay - weather was culprit.

Bobby, Mark, of Denver Sluice, toll keeper  S/B/SP/1387  April 1829

Contents:
Has lost much since Board prohibited haling on 100 Foot bank.

Robinson, Frederick, agent for J N Taylor Esq  S/B/SP/1388  April 1829

Contents:
For remuneration for land in Crene Fen, Willingham taken for planting.

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1389  April 1829

Contents:
For leave to erect a steam engine on the inner foreland of the 100 Foot bank.

Flatt, John, of Denver  S/B/SP/1390  April 1829

Contents:
For compensation damage done by fowls of sluice keeper at Welmore Lake.

Gamble, John  S/B/SP/1391  April 1829

Contents:
Board has taken half acre of his land to widen bank near Denver sluice, asks for another piece in exchange.

Middle Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1392  April 1829

Contents:
That the upper doors of Tongs Drain at North delph be kept open and lower doors made of standard gauge with plan.

Braybrook, Daniel of Upwell, labourer  S/B/SP/1393  April 1829

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on north bank of Old Bedford Level, with letter from John Hopkin, objective.

Stevens, Edward, of Oxlode, labourer  S/B/SP/1394  April 1829

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage half mile below Oxlode.

Biggs, Abraham, of Oxlode  S/B/SP/1395  April 1829

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage half mile below Oxlode.

Stevens, James, of Oxlode  S/B/SP/1396  April 1829

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage half mile below Oxlode.

Baker, John  S/B/SP/1397  1829

Contents:
Explains why his taxes were late, in consequence of which his lands were sold - has retrieved same.
Whitsun 1829

Bobby, Mark, toll keeper  S/B/SP/1398  1829

Contents:
Is losing money after Board changed haling bank at Denver Sluice.
Whitsun 1829

Berry, Thomas, of Upwell  S/B/SP/1399  1829

Contents:
Has desisted, as ordered, from cutting turf on his land, but asks to be heard.
Whitsun 1829

Burgess, Roger, of Mildenhall and Joseph Cole of Welney, farmers  S/B/SP/1400  1829

Contents:
Purchased land in Burnt Fen, which has been assessed at 100 acres too much.
Whitsun 1829

Wissey river, occupiers near - much obstructed  S/B/SP/1401  1829

Contents:
Board to make a survey and advance money in aid of cleansing and clearing river.
Whitsun 1829

Baker, John (bankrupt), of Hockwold  S/B/SP/1402  1829

Contents:
His assignees ask that the Board annul the sale of JB's land to F R Eagle, who refuses to return it.
Whitsun 1829

Bank of England  S/B/SP/1403  1829

Contents:
Lent John Baker £24,000 on security of his lands and he became their tenant at a rent of £2,000 pa - Board has not complied with Acts re selling of properties and must annul the sale.
Whitsun 1829

Commissioners of Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1404  April 1830

Contents:
Barrier bank soil too light, suggestions for getting heavier soil from the 100 Foot river and cutting a drain through the Wash.

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1405  April 1830

Contents:
For better regulation of the Seven Holes Sluice and power given Engineer to cut the Cradge in cases of emergency.

Commissioners of Lakenheath and Brandon  S/B/SP/1406  April 1830

Contents:
For removal of obstruction to drainage owing to bad state of Brandon river.

Commissioners of Feltwell 2nd district  S/B/SP/1407  April 1830

Contents:
For the spade machine to be used in Brandon river.

Stokes, John, of Holme, Hunts  S/B/SP/1408  April 1830

Contents:
To erect a new horse bridge over the Nene near Holme Fen.

Beart, Morely, of Welney, farmer  S/B/SP/1409  April 1830

Contents:
For repayment of tax on hire of part of Old Bedford Barrier Bank.

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1410  April 1830

Contents:
For additional allotment to repair the Ten Mile Bank.

Bradfield, James BS Esq, of Stoke  S/B/SP/1411  April 1830

Contents:
Damage caused by bad state of river Wissey and its banks.

Over, Cambs occupiers  S/B/SP/1412  April 1830

Contents:
Corporation has taken 60 feet on outside of Ouse Bank, to which they are not entitled.

Taylor, James Nathaniel, Esq  S/B/SP/1413  April 1830

Contents:
The Corporation has taken possession of a piece of land on the Ouse bank at Willingham.

Richardson, John, guardian of Thomas  S/B/SP/1414  April 1830

Contents:
To remit penalty for non-payment of tax for lands which he did not know belonged to his ward.

See, William, John Rudland, John Hopkin, George Watkinson  S/B/SP/1415  April 1830

Contents:
Each for leave to build a cottage on the Low Bank of the Old Bedford river.

Wells, Samuel (Register for Corporation)  S/B/SP/1416  April 1830

Contents:
For help in publishing his "History of the drainage of the Bedford Level" - about £1,000 - letter from George Pryme of Ely enclosed.

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1417  1830

Contents:
To allow their officer, John Sedgley, to flag the Bank from the washes, as before.
Whitsun 1830

South Level occupiers and owners  S/B/SP/1418  1830

Contents:
Over £26,000 has been expended on Middle Level since 1808, but nothing for South Level, which now has expensive works in progress - for help with same.
Whitsun 1830

Smith, Thomas, of Denver  S/B/SP/1419  1830

Contents:
For leave to lay pipe under the road to get fresh water from St John's Eau.
Whitsun 1830

Gamble, Sarah, and John Bird, exors of John Gamble  S/B/SP/1420  1830

Contents:
For a piece of land to compensate for that taken by the Board.
Whitsun 1830

Sayle, John, of Southery, farmer  S/B/SP/1421  1830

Contents:
For a "Release" from taxes on 20 acres of Adventurers' Land.
Whitsun 1830

Parr, Mark, of Upware, victualler  S/B/SP/1422  1830

Contents:
For compensation in return for 3 years service at Reach Lode.
Whitsun 1830

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1423  1830

Contents:
A tunnel in 100 Foot bank near William Beeton's farm is in a dangerous state: he should be compelled to repair it.
Whitsun 1830

Hutchinson, Stoakley, of March, farmer  S/B/SP/1424  April 1831

Contents:
For removal of bridge over river Nene to a more convenient site.

Commissioners of Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1425  April 1831

Contents:
For James Seaber, his letter re steam engine near Prickwillow.

Martin, William, of Downham  S/B/SP/1426  April 1831

Contents:
Trespassers on the Fodder Fen Bank and Drove in Littleport Fen.

Fodder Fen, Wicken, owners  S/B/SP/1427  April 1831

Contents:
For compensation for land dug up in cutting a ditch.

Grunty Fen, Adventure Lands, occupiers of  S/B/SP/1428  April 1831

Contents:
Grunty Fen drain needs scouring and cleaning.

Denver occupiers  S/B/SP/1429  April 1831

Contents:
For exemption from tolls at Denver Sluice.

Commissioners of Stoke Ferry district  S/B/SP/1430  Whitsun 1831

Contents:
To have a passage cleared through St John's Eau.

Hewlett, Rev John, rector of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1431  1831

Contents:
Mas advanced £200 for putting the Mills and Banks in repair on the Ouse and Wissey in the Great West Fen.
Whitsun 1831

Commissioners of Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1432  1831

Contents:
Delph should be scoured and a proper gauge be placed at Seven Holes Sluice.
Whitsun 1831

Spalding, William, hirer of tolls at Hermitage Sluice  S/B/SP/1433  1831

Contents:
Is losing tolls because of a cartway lately made over West River at Willingham.
Whitsun 1831

Gray, Nathan, of March, common brewer  S/B/SP/1434  1831

Contents:
Compensation for drain cut through his land at Salter's Lode while new sluice was being made.
Whitsun 1831

Drake, Mary Ann, and her sister Sarah Golliper  S/B/SP/1435  1831

Contents:
For permission to continue to live in the cottage on the 10 Mile Bank near Southery Ferry, daughters of late Richard Drake.
Whitsun 1831

Parr, Mark, sluice keeper Reach Lode  S/B/SP/1436  1831

Contents:
For increase of wages owing to increase of traffic.
Whitsun 1831

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1437  1831

Contents:
For an increased allotment for extra work on the 10 Mile Bank and suggest a haling way on east bank.
Whitsun 1831

Middle Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1438  1831

Contents:
To remove a sluice across Bevill's Leam at Abbott's Bridge.
Whitsun 1831

Owen, John, of Mepal, farmer  S/B/SP/1439  1831

Contents:
To make a tunnel through Old Bedford River near Purl's Bridge.
Whitsun 1831

Lyon, Elizabeth, wife of Adam Lyon  S/B/SP/1440  1831

Contents:
For cottage built by her late father, John Young, of Welches Dam.
Whitsun 1831

Markham, Henry  S/B/SP/1441  1831

Contents:
For a post under the Board or for financial assistance
Whitsun 1831

Staples, John, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1442  April 1833

Contents:
Has sustained loss through excavation of the drain at Sam's Cut.

Twiss, James Paterson, of Cambridge  S/B/SP/1443  April 1833

Contents:
Has spent £14 repairing "The Ship' at Purl's Bridge and the rival "Chequers" is still functioning.

Commissioners of Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1444  28th June 1833

Contents:
Object to Grunty Fen waters being taken into the Ouse through Thetford.

Oxwillow inhabitants  S/B/SP/1445  April 1834

Contents:
For a floating bridge over the 100 Foot river at Oxwillow Lode and transfer of bridge over Old Bedford river at Welches Dam to Purl's Bridge.

Old Bedford River  S/B/SP/1446  April 1834


Related information: See also large parchment S/B/SP/1460

Contents:
Districts have raised £4,000 for excavating Old Bedford though some, eg Upwell, have refused to pay - for loan of £500 towards expenses

Hilgay owners  S/B/SP/1447  April 1834

Contents:
For help in improving West Fen land especially river bank of Ouse.

Swavesey owners  S/B/SP/1448  April 1834

Contents:
To renew lease and allow them to remove fences and throw the bank open, as at present it is dangerous to stock.

Owen, John  S/B/SP/1449  April 1834

Contents:
For reduction of rent for fishery - the Eau Brink Cut and other changes have destroyed the smelt fishery.

Bowker, George  S/B/SP/1450  April 1834

Contents:
Recommendation of --

Lakenheath owners  S/B/SP/1451  April 1834

Contents:
For £200 to scour the New Lode.

Flax, Simon, of Littleport, labourer  S/B/SP/1452  April 1834

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage and garden on waste land near Littleport Bridge.

Hibbert, John  S/B/SP/1453  April 1834

Contents:
Sold 10 acres of Corporation and to Christopher Rhodes, who should pay taxes on it instead of himself.

Stoke Ferry owners  S/B/SP/1454  April 1834

Contents:
For support of Bill to Parliament for more effectual draining of land about St John's Eau.

Commissioners of Downham Market etc  S/B/SP/1455  1834

Contents:
For continuance of tunnel through Tong's Bank which was made in time of flood.
Whitsun 1834

Middle Level Commissioners  S/B/SP/1456  1834

Contents:
For improvements and alterations in sluice at Northdelph Corner.
Whitsun 1834

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1457  1834

Contents:
For leave to run off the waters of the Ten Mile Bank to repair the bank.
Whitsun 1834

Brandon and Stoke rivers, owners near  S/B/SP/1458  1834

Contents:
For help in deepening the two rivers.
Whitsun 1834

Gray, Nathan, of March, and William Searle of Cambridge  S/B/SP/1459  1834

Contents:
Common brewers - proprietors of the "Three Tuns" at Denver, and the "Chequers" near Denver Sluice agreed with Eau Brink Committee to pull down house and sell them the land to improve the sluice: Board has let a piece of the land to Hopkins of St Ives and to erect a house for the sale of beer.
Whitsun 1834

Old Bedford River occupiers  S/B/SP/1460  April 1833

Contents:
The scouring of the Old Bedford River is work of the Board.

Middle Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1461  [1833?]

2 copies

One copy on very large sheet of parchment

Contents:
Have spent £77,776 since 1810 on works; need help to carry on

Commissioners of Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1462  undated

Contents:
To take action against trespassers with carts and waggons who are destroying the banks, and to restore and set out the "ancient forelands"

Hills, John, of Ely, liquor merchant  S/B/SP/1463  undated

Contents:
Applying for post of Collector of Cottage Rents, held by his deceased father.

Gathergood, William, of St John's Norfolk  S/B/SP/1464  undated

Contents:
On behalf of his brother, John, contractor for sluice and works at Nordelph. Dam gave way through no fault of his and he incurred a loss of £400 - for relief.

Grunty Fen commoners  S/B/SP/1465  undated

2 copies

Contents:
420 acres taken out of the Common and converted into Adventurers Land. Fen needs draining

Porter, Elizabeth, of Southery Ferry, publican  S/B/SP/1466  undated

Contents:
Widow of William Porter: for compensation for a piece of land taken from her garden for making a road.

Adventurers Land owners  S/B/SP/1467  undated

2 copies

Contents:
The Board to refrain from works which are the business of the commissioners of the Nene Navigation Act

Commissioners of Downham Market and district  S/B/SP/1468  [1834?]

Contents:
In 1833 they were allowed to make a sluice or outlet and to continue it into the Tong's Drain on payment of £40 pa; the Board to allow sluice to continue open at £10 pa.

Bundle No.16.  [no ref.]  1832-1839

Cutlack, M W, of Ely  S/B/SP/1469  1832

Contents:
For stabling for 6-8 horses to be added to the "Dog and Duck" on the 100 Foot bank.
Whitsun 1832

Commissioners of Lower Barrier Bank  S/B/SP/1470  1832

Contents:
For leave to take earth at any convenient spot.
Whitsun 1832.

Bowker, Elizabeth, (widow of David)  S/B/SP/1471  1832

Contents:
Recommendation as sluice keeper at Standground Sluice.
Whitsun 1832

Poole, Thomas, of Wimblington, farmer  S/B/SP/1472  1832

Contents:
For remission of penalty accidentally incurred.
Whitsun 1832

Metcalf, Joseph, of Mepal, labourer  S/B/SP/1473  1832

Contents:
To surrender lease of fishery or to have rent reduced.
Whitsun 1832

Owen, John  S/B/SP/1474  1832

Contents:
To surrender lease of fishery or to have rent reduced.
Whitsun 1832

Nicholas, True, of Oxlode  S/B/SP/1475  1832

Contents:
For abatement of rent.
Whitsun 1832

Brown, Robert  S/B/SP/1476  1832

Contents:
For abatement of rent of fishery in 40 foot river.
Whitsun 1832

Commissioners of Waterbeach  S/B/SP/1477  1832

Contents:
To alter tunnels from the Cam.
Whitsun 1832

Manea and Wimblington occupiers  S/B/SP/1478  1832

Contents:
Boot's Bridge is in dangerous condition, Board to repair.
Whitsun 1832

Newton, John, labourer  S/B/SP/1479  1832

Contents:
Is past work after 50 years with Board and asks for "Pension".
Whitsun 1832

Commissioners of Eau Brink  S/B/SP/1480  1832

Contents:
Improvements at Denver Sluice necessitate pulling down George Stevens house: for leave to take land to rebuild it.
Whitsun 1832

Marshall's, Trustees of Welney  S/B/SP/1481  1832

Contents:
For help in building a larger bridge over the Delph at Welney: cost estimated at £400. 1s. 10d.
Whitsun 1832

Pond, Elizabeth, of Barway, Soham, farmer  S/B/SP/1482  1832

Contents:
For leave to rebuild a bridge over Soham Lode.
Whitsun 1832

Taylor, James Nathaniel, Esq, of Over  S/B/SP/1483  April 1833

Contents:
The Board to relinquish 60 foot from the Ouse bank at Over which is his property.

Occupiers of Colne & Earith, Hunts  S/B/SP/1484  April 1833

Contents:
They have cleaned their part of a cut running through their land and wish Board to do same for their adjacent land.

Staffurth, Abraham, of March, farmer  S/B/SP/1485  April 1833

Contents:
Taxed for more acres than he possesses; and for leave to build a bridge over the Nene near his farm.

Reeve, George, of Downham  S/B/SP/1486  April 1833

Contents:
For exemption from toll at Bates Drove and Suspension Bridge.

Welney  S/B/SP/1487  April 1833

Contents:
For help in repairing bridge over the Delph: supporting letters from Hugh Jackson and W G Townley of Wisbech and Lynn.

Commissioners of Waterbeach  S/B/SP/1488  April 1833

Contents:
Wish to stop up tunnel into Cam, called Town Holt tunnel and build another at Garden Tree Court.

Randall, John, of Bottisham (yeoman)  S/B/SP/1489  April 1833

Contents:
Survey mistaken size of his farm and he is taxed to highly.

Ayers, John, sluice keeper at the Hermitage  S/B/SP/1490  April 1833

Contents:
For an increase of his wages, now £4 pa.

Dyson, John, resident engineer to Corporation  S/B/SP/1491  April 1833

Contents:
Has done work far beyond his salary of £250 and now he hears they may dispense with his services.

Commissioners of Littleport and Downham  S/B/SP/1492  April 1833

Contents:
For help with discharging the waters of Grunty Fen into the Ouse at Thetford.

Bidwell, John  S/B/SP/1493  April 1833

Contents:
John Otey, agreed to sell him the premises occupied by his mother for £4 15s. and wishes to know whether he may now consider himself the owner.

Commissioners for Downham and District  S/B/SP/1494  1833

Contents:
Several breaches in the banks of the Ouse have caused much flooding: for a drain to be cut through Tong's Drain bank - many supporting letters from farmers.

Stretham owners  S/B/SP/1495  June 1833

Contents:
Objecting to suggestion in S/B/SP/1494

Commissioners of Waterbeach District  S/B/SP/1496  June 1833

Contents:
Approving of suggestion in S/B/SP/1494

Thetford occupiers  S/B/SP/1497  June 1833

Contents:
Approving of suggestion in S/B/SP/1494

Wicken occupiers  S/B/SP/1498  June 1833

Contents:
Objecting to suggestion in S/B/SP/1494

Commissioners of Downham and Littleport  S/B/SP/1499  June 1833

Contents:
Suggesting another plan, viz to open the Littleport Chair Sluice.

Middle Level owners  S/B/SP/1500  June 1833

Contents:
For Tongs Drain to be scoured and its upper doors lowered.

Commissioners of South Level  S/B/SP/1501  1833

Contents:
Commissioners of Littleport and Downham should pay them an annual subscription if they send their waters through South Level Cut.
Whitsun 1833

Old Bedford River, owners near  S/B/SP/1502  1833

Contents:
For pecuniary assistance in scouring the river, estimated at £3647. 10s.
Whitsun 1833

Moxon, Thomas, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1503  [April 1834]

Contents:
As suffered loss and damage through fences being destroyed and sand dumped on his garden Undated 1833?)

Lyon, Adam, of Chatteris  S/B/SP/1504  April 1834

Contents:
For lease of cottage built by his wife's father, John Youngs, now occupied by William Barnes, who has no right to it.

Barnes, William, of Purl's Bridge  S/B/SP/1505  April 1834

Contents:
Has lately hired the "Chequers" and wishes to give up cottage at Welches Dam, if reimbursed for expenses of it.

Elm Leam  S/B/SP/1506  April 1834

Contents:
Parishioners of Elm ask to buy an old, disused watercourse, not needed in modern drainage. Letter from Hugh Jackson, solicitor, answering.

Hare, Edward, of Littleport  S/B/SP/1507  April 1834

Contents:
For leave to add another room to his cottage on west bank of Ouse.

Lindsell, Thomas, of St Ives  S/B/SP/1508  April 1834

Contents:
For leave to add a blacksmith's shop to his public house on east foreland of the 16 Foot bank near Boots Bridge.

Commissioners of Sutton and Mepal  S/B/SP/1509  April 1834

Contents:
For leave to put ebb doors to sluice in the Great Dyke of Mepal Washes.

Thetford parishioners  S/B/SP/1510  April 1834

Contents:
Have had 132 acres allotted to them in lieu of their common rights at Strategham and wish to build a bridge over the river to save their stock 4-5 miles round.

Guyhirn cottagers  S/B/SP/1511  April 1834

Contents:
For reduction of rent on their cottages.

Spalding, William, of St Ives  S/B/SP/1512  April 1834

Contents:
Navigation and tolls much reduced: to be recouped for loss.

Bevan, Benjamin  S/B/SP/1513  16th July 1834

Contents:
Report on river Nene between Peterborough and Wisbech.

Begley, Nunn, of Welney, wheelwright  S/B/SP/1514  April 1835

Contents:
Henry Walkter built a cottage and carpenter's shop and left it to NB, his apprentice, who now desires a lease.

Isle of Ely inhabitants  S/B/SP/1515  April 1835

Contents:
The Board to enquire who is responsible for repairing the public bridge over the counter wash drain at Mepal.

Hall, George, of Ely, common brewer  S/B/SP/1516  April 1835

Contents:
Has spent on repairs to the "Plough and Fleece" on the 10 mile bank but must give up unless Board will do further repairs.

Sam's Cut and Hunts Sluice  S/B/SP/1517  April 1835

Contents:
Inhabitants ask for assistance for repairs estimated at £600.

Lyon, Adam, of Welches Dam  S/B/SP/1518  April 1835


Related information: See under Whitsun 1835 S/B/SP/1534

Contents:
Asks to become tenant of 1 rood at Welches Dam

Drake, Francis, of Whittlesey  S/B/SP/1519  April 1835

Contents:
Rent raised from £12 to £30, asks for reduction.

Upware inhabitants  S/B/SP/1520  ? April 1835

2 copies

Contents:
For overfall to be lowered at sluice and at Bottisham Fen to give them water

Denver &c owners  S/B/SP/1521  April 1835

Contents:
For urgent repairs to Denver sluice.

Welches Dam occupiers  S/B/SP/1522  April 1835

Contents:
Are anxious to erect a chapel.

Metcalfe, Joseph  S/B/SP/1523  April 1835

Contents:
To remit arrears of rent as his fishery of the 100 Foot river has been destroyed by Lynn fishermen.

Bluntisham &c inhabitants  S/B/SP/1524  April 1835

Contents:
To pay toll only once day at Hermitage Sluice.

100 Foot washes, owners &c  S/B/SP/1525  April 1835

Contents:
The new drain along the old course of the Delph is depriving them of water.

Ayers, John  S/B/SP/1526  April 1835

Contents:
For a lean-to at the Hermitage Toll-house, about £10.

Commissioners of Littleport &c  S/B/SP/1527  April 1835

Contents:
For leave to re-open a tunnel in 100 Foot bank at Witcham Gravel.

Savage, James, of Welney  S/B/SP/1528  April 1835

Contents:
For lease of his father's cottage in Welney and for repairs.

Beart, Robert, and others  S/B/SP/1529  April 1835

Contents:
To assign the rest of William Harris' (bankrupt) lease to Richard Thredgill of Welney, shopkeeper, with covering letter from Hanslip Palmer.

Ambler, Elisha  S/B/SP/1530  14th April 1835

Contents:
The Board to put the toll-house at Salters Lode in repair as promised.

Commissioners of North Level  S/B/SP/1531  April 1835

Contents:
Board to let the banks and forelands held by Duke of Bedford and Sir Culling Eardley Smith, Bt (with letter).

Whittlesea Dyke  S/B/SP/1532  13th April 1835

Contents:
Letter from Edward Loomes on the mow and feed from Ashlings Bridge to Angle Corner.

Ross, John, and Richard Ruston of Chatteris, farmers  S/B/SP/1533  1835

Contents:
Trustees of late John Ross, whose title in freehold adventurers land at Chatteris is defective - Board to execute conveyance.
Whitsun 1835

Lyon, Adam  S/B/SP/1534  1835

Contents:
Indenture leasing 1 rood of land at Welches Dam to AL.
Whitsun 1835

Lawrence, William  S/B/SP/1535  1835

Contents:
Re planting trees in slips of the slamp in the Must in Standground, with plan and letter of W Lawrence & Jos Little's certificate.
Whitsun 1835

Butcher, John, and Henry Shingles  S/B/SP/1536  1835

Contents:
Cannot afford £2. 7s. each for lease of cottages on the 10 Mile bank and ask for reduction.
Whitsun 1835

Upwell &c, occupiers  S/B/SP/1537  1835

Contents:
Dangerous state of Seven Holes Sluice at Earith.
Whitsun 1835

Denver Sluice  S/B/SP/1538  1835

Contents:
Watermen wish for footwalk over the Pen Lock at the Sluice.
Whitsun 1835

Lee, William, of Upwell  S/B/SP/1539  23rd May 1836

Contents:
To be heard re sale of part of his land.

Cutliss, Robert and James, of Ely, farmers  S/B/SP/1540  21st April 1836

Contents:
Approach to Rossyley Bridge highly dangerous.

Fuller, George, of Lynn  S/B/SP/1541  12th April 1836

Contents:
Has not assigned his lease of land in Littleport to Abraham Gray, but to Richard Hopkins of St Ives.

Burgess, James, and W Holmes  S/B/SP/1542  1836

Contents:
Burgess charged for less than 100 acres and Holmes 100 too much for land at Burnt Fen.

Downham Market &c  S/B/SP/1543  ? 1836

Contents:
For a bridge across Tongs Drain.

Blows, Samuel  S/B/SP/1544  ? April 1837

Contents:
For part of a house on Bedford Bank at Welney.

Salter's Lode, Denver  S/B/SP/1545  5th April 1837

Contents:
Road leading from turnpike to sluice unusable: for repair?

Golding, William  S/B/SP/1546  16th May 1837

Contents:
For exemption from toll at Welches Dam.

Ayres, John  S/B/SP/1547  ? 1837

Contents:
Sluice keeper to Hermitage and collector of tolls: house has been given to another and he has nowhere to live, and for abatement of rent.

Ramsey &c inhabitants  S/B/SP/1548  ? 1837

Contents:
For a bridge in Middlemoor in Ramsey.

Sutton owners  S/B/SP/1549  ? 1837

Contents:
For a bridge across Old Bedford River.

Fryer, Thomas, of Chatteris  S/B/SP/1550  18th April 1837

Contents:
For a new stable at his house in Horseway - £31.

Stevens, William  S/B/SP/1551  ? April 1837

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on back foreland of 100 Foot bank.

Searle, William  S/B/SP/1552  19th April 1837

Contents:
Hired the Old Ship public house at Denver @ £66 pa, and now rent has increased to £103; he also has Denver sluice tolls @ £50 pa house much out of repair, better to build a new one (at about £500) especially for new floating bridge.

Flatt, John, and Samuel Bowker of Denver  S/B/SP/1553  ? April 1837

Contents:
At deepening of Welmore Lake, much earth was thrown on their land which damaged the cropping - for compensation.

Earith inhabitants  S/B/SP/1554  ? April 1837

Contents:
Road on top of 100 Foot river bank from Earith Bridge to Sutton Chain is much damaged and dangerous: needs rails.

Middle Level owners  S/B/SP/1555  ? April 1837

Contents:
For support for a Bill to Parliament for powers to improve the drainage of their district of 80,000 acres.

Pope, William, of March, common brewer  S/B/SP/1556  ? April 1837

Contents:
Suggests that Board should build a new public house on a better site on Richard Thredgill's land, instead of repairing the present "Three Tuns" at Welney.

Commissioners of Feltwell New Fen district  S/B/SP/1557  ? 1837

Contents:
That the Ferry Sluice be stopped up and a new one lower down the Ouse - Norfolk magistrates offer to help.

Commissioners of Navigation  S/B/SP/1558  1837

Contents:
Will raise £5,000 towards the £8,000 required to remove obstructions within Middle and South Levels.

Cockle, William, and James Failes of Welney Peverals  S/B/SP/1559  April 1837

Contents:
Their tenant, Naylor Dalton, wilfully neglected to pay the tax for 1835, Roger Burgess in collusion with him: ask Board to annul the sale.

Gamble, John, Exors of  S/B/SP/1560  April 1837

Contents:
Claim compensation for pieces of land take, etc.

Gray, Nathan, of March  S/B/SP/1561  1837

Contents:
Owns the "Three Tuns" at Salter's Lode, and fears loss if a toll is erected between Bedford Bridge and his house.
Whitsun 1837

Watermen  S/B/SP/1562  1837

Contents:
For exemption of their horses from toll.
Whitsun 1837

Stocks, John  S/B/SP/1563  18th April 1838

Contents:
Re Adventurer's tax on land in Normoor.

Sutton and Mepal owners  S/B/SP/1564  21st August 1838

Contents:
For water to be let in from the Old Bedford River.

Wisbech owners  S/B/SP/1565  May 1839

Contents:
Would sustain injury if water were taken from Wisbech river by North Level 2nd district.

Commissioners of Newborough  S/B/SP/1566  April 1839

Contents:
For leave to revert to previous way of taking water from River Welland (with many accompanying letters).

Commissioners of Waterbeach  S/B/SP/1567  ? 1839

Contents:
For leave to lower overfall of water at Upware Lock.

Ramsey inhabitants  S/B/SP/1568  ? 1839

Contents:
That the bridge at Thompson's Gravel, when repaired, may be declared a public bridge.

Commissioners of Stoke Ferry district  S/B/SP/1569  ? 1839

Contents:
For leave to lower and widen Stow Fall Sluice.

Holme, Farcet, Upwood and Great Raveley, Hunts and Whittlesey, Cambs  S/B/SP/1570  ? 1839

Contents:
For leave to build a bridge over the Nene to connect Ugg Mere Cote drove and Middlemoor drove at Ramsey.

Middle Level owners  S/B/SP/1571  ? 1839

Contents:
Proposing to excavate rivers within their lands and remove obstructions in Well Creek, Nene, Whittlesey Dyke and to make improvements; Eau Brink Commissioners have advanced £2,500 on condition that the Middle Level Commissioners raise a like sum for work.

Hodson, William, of Upwell, farmer  S/B/SP/1572  17th April 1838

Contents:
Has bought 200 acres of Adventurers' Land at Manea and a steam engine for draining them; for leave to erect it and cut a waterway through bank of Bedford river.

100 Foot bank  S/B/SP/1573  10th March 1838

Contents:
Petitioners ask for good gravel roads to be made at the back and foot of the banks.

Hodson, William, as S/B/SP/1573  S/B/SP/1574  28th March 1838

Contents:
Notice of petitioners to come before the Board at meeting on 28 March 1838

Horsford, James  S/B/SP/1575  14th April 1838

Contents:
For a road through part of Hermitage farm to his land in Haddenham.

Bundle No.17.  [no ref.]  1839-1843

Dyson, John  S/B/SP/1576  ? April 1839

Contents:
Memorial on his dismissal.

Commissioners of South Level  S/B/SP/1577  ? April 1839

Contents:
Bottisham Sluice should be rebuilt at £300: for help.

Waters, John, of Wisbech, labourer  S/B/SP/1578  ? April 1839

Contents:
For lease of cottage etc held by his late brother.

Ward, Benjamin  S/B/SP/1579  18th April 1839

Contents:
For lease of a piece of land for building, now occupied by G A Ward & Co, mustard manufacturers.

Lakenheath owners  S/B/SP/1580  April 1839

Contents:
For financial help to clean Lakenheath Lode. Commissioners of Navigation at Eau Brink promise to provide half cost.

Wisbech Corporation  S/B/SP/1581  18th May 1839

Contents:
Owners in North Level 2nd district want to make a tunnel through the North bank, this would spoil navigation for them.

Goodliffe, Richard, of Woodwalton, Hunts  S/B/SP/1582  ? April 1839

Contents:
His losses by flood caused by insufficient capacity of Popham's Eau and obstructions at Upper Tongs Drain.

Commissioners of Waterbeach  S/B/SP/1583  ? April 1839

Contents:
For improvement of St John's Eau.

Commissioners of Haddenham  S/B/SP/1584  ? April 1839

Contents:
For improvement of St John's Eau.

Hopkinson, William  S/B/SP/1585  1839

Contents:
To be reinstated in house on land of his ancestors.
Whitsun 1839

Wells, Samuel, Esq  S/B/SP/1586  Undated 1840 ?

Contents:
New Lot book and new edition of Rules & Regulations has cost much more than the £40 allotted. Also out of pocket by £900.

Commissioners of Downham Market  S/B/SP/1587  1840

Contents:
To have the £30 due for the use of Tongs Drain tunnel remitted.

Tingay, James, of Southery  S/B/SP/1588  1840

Contents:
For compensation for a piece of his garden taken for the widening of the road.

Porter, Elizabeth, of Southery  S/B/SP/1589  1840

Contents:
For compensation for a piece of her garden taken for the widening of the road.

Valentine, James  S/B/SP/1590  1840

Contents:
For remainder of lease of John Bays (deceased) at Hermitage Bridge etc.

Palmer, Robert  S/B/SP/1591  1840

Contents:
For a piece of land for a cottage on the 100 foot bank.

Somersham owners  S/B/SP/1592  1840

Contents:
Petition against a Bill for improving drainage of Middle Level.

Lakenheath owners  S/B/SP/1593  1840

Contents:
Whitsun 1840
To lower the navigation gauge at Denver Sluice.

Wells, William, Esq, of Holme, Hunts  S/B/SP/1594  December 1841

Contents:
For the drainage and elimination of Whittlesey Meer (with a printed copy 29th December 1841).

Whittlesey owners  S/B/SP/1595  ? 1841

Contents:
Have made a good 30 foot road from Whittlesey to H C Atkinson's land in accordance with Act, but can do only 20 foot road from there to Bassenhally Gate, except at enormous and unnecessary expense.

Townley, Rev William Gale, of Beaupre Hall, Outwell, Norfolk  S/B/SP/1596  20th April 1841

Contents:
Has expended nearly £4,000 on an iron bridge to replace ferry at Welney: tolls very inadequate and Board has right of pre-emption.

Lucas, Mark, of Over  S/B/SP/1597  20th April 1841

Contents:
8s a week not enough for care of new staunch.

Bell, George  S/B/SP/1598  21st April 1841

Contents:
M Jones has broken down his gate which protects the feed of the Bank from the toll bar to the Bridge hired by him.

Braybrooke, Lord, and others  S/B/SP/1599  ? 1841

Contents:
Supporting the measure for the extinction of Whittlesey Meer.

Wells, Samuel, Esq  S/B/SP/1600  22nd April 1841

Contents:
Detailed account of expenses incurred in compiling the previous Lot book and for new edition of Rules & Regulations (see also 1586).

Chatteris owners  S/B/SP/1601  1841

Contents:
For leave to build a bridge over the 16 foot river opposite the Normoor Mill (with letter from H M Jewell). Whitsun 1841

Burwell Fen  S/B/SP/1602  28th May 1841

Contents:
That such land as may be needed for erection of an engine etc for drainage and navigation.

North Level 2nd district occupiers  S/B/SP/1603  ? 1841

Contents:
Against a tunnel through North bank of Moreton Leam.

Atkinson, Thomas, of Peterborough  S/B/SP/1604  ? 1841

Contents:
Against a tunnel through North bank of Morton Leam.

Merchants etc on River nene  S/B/SP/1605  ? 1841

Contents:
Against a tunnel through North bank of Moreton Leam.

Middle Level  S/B/SP/1606  26th October 1841

Contents:
Petition against a scheme for draining.

South Level Commissioners  S/B/SP/1607  ? 1841

two copies

Contents:
Supporting the proposal to clean St John's Eau and sluices

Old Bedford River owners of land  S/B/SP/1608  26th October 1841

Contents:
Against proposed drainage of Middle Level.

Middle Level, N & NW parts, occupiers of  S/B/SP/1609  29th December 1841

Contents:
Are proposing a Bill to enable them to scour, widen and deepen the drains and watercourses of the Level.

Ramsey inhabitants  S/B/SP/1610  29th December 1841

Contents:
Are proposing a Bill to enable them to scour, widen and deepen the drains and watercourses of the Level.

Commissioners of Sutton &c  S/B/SP/1611  December 1841

Contents:
Against the Ramsey inhabitants.

Yaxley inhabitants  S/B/SP/1612  29th December 1841

Contents:
Supporting the Commissioners of Sutton.

Little, Harry to S Wells  S/B/SP/1613  ? 1841

Contents:
Bank Commissioners are repairing Ouse bank.

Commissioners of Bezling District  S/B/SP/1614  28th December 1841

Contents:
Against above measure.

Commissioners of Bardolph Fen  S/B/SP/1615  February 1842

2 copies.

Contents:
Inner bank of Tongs Drain & wash should be raised

Little, Joseph  S/B/SP/1616  28th February 1842

Contents:
Details and sketch of work at Tongs Drain.

40 Foot proprietors  S/B/SP/1617  ? 1842


Related information: See S/B/SP/ [...] 1609

Contents:
Against the Middle Level suggestions of 1841

Commissioners of Stoke Ferry  S/B/SP/1618  October 1842

3 copies.

Contents:
For lowering of Stow Fall or making a new sluice

Lawrence, John, Esq  S/B/SP/1619  April 1842

Contents:
For leave to submit a measure to improve Middle Level.

Downham Fen owners  S/B/SP/1620  April 1842

Contents:
Supporting above restoration of Commissioners of Bardolph Fen.

Commissioners of Littleport & Downham  S/B/SP/1621  ? April 1842

Contents:
For re-opening of St John's Eau to carry off flood waters.

Commissioners of South Level  S/B/SP/1622  ? 1842

Contents:
For leave to continue to take earth from Roswell Hill pits in Ely.

Bluntisham, Somersham &c occupiers  S/B/SP/1623  April 1842

Contents:
Counter wash drain needs scouring and cleaning, has not been done since 1824.

Saye & Sele, Lord  S/B/SP/1624  ? April 1842

Contents:
Supporting clearing of Middle Level waters.

Commissioners of 5th district  S/B/SP/1625  ? April 1842

Contents:
Against the draining of Middle level and Whittlesey Meer.

Normoor district  S/B/SP/1626  ? April 1842

Contents:
Against the draining of Middle Level and Whittlesey Mere.

Commissioners of 2nd district  S/B/SP/1627  ? April 1842

Contents:
Against the draining of Middle Level and Whittlesey Meer.

Medlow, Mrs E  S/B/SP/1628  undated ? 1842

Contents:
Water horses damage her bank at her farm opposite Denver Sluice, lately of John Gamble.

Lawrence, George, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1629  ? 1842

Contents:
For a piece of ground to build a cottage.

Rolfe, Thomas, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1630  ? 1842

Contents:
His cottage has been burnt down and he cannot afford to rebuild it.

Horsford, James, of Earith (farmer & grazier)  S/B/SP/1631  ? 1842

Contents:
Question of ownership of roadway through Hermitage Farm tenanted by Benjamin Vipan.

Chapman, Adam - contractor  S/B/SP/1632  ? 1842

Contents:
For rebuilding of the Great Dyke Sluice above Mepal - reasons for cost exceeding his estimate.

Walker, Robert, of Ely (innkeeper)  S/B/SP/1633  ? 1842

Contents:
That the Board would occasionally meet at his Bell Inn, recently newly fitted up.

Bavin, Johnson, of March  S/B/SP/1634  1842

Contents:
Hired the tolls at Hermitage Sluice in 1837 for 12 years @ £150 pa. His last offer of rent refused.

Commissioners of Feltwell  S/B/SP/1635  1842

Contents:
To be allowed still to take earth from Roswell Hill.

Wash land occupiers  S/B/SP/1636  1842

Contents:
Deepening of the Delph has caused difficulties to those watering their cattle.

Parren, Elizabeth  S/B/SP/1637  1842

Contents:
Hirer of toll house and tolls near Earith Bridge: the taking down of Sutton Hill closed the toll for 5 weeks - for some abatement in rent.

Welches Dam parishioners  S/B/SP/1638  1842

Contents:
Wish to sell a dilapidated cottage and to assign the lease to the purchaser (through Adam Lyon).

Wimblington & Chatteris 2nd district  S/B/SP/1639  1842

Contents:
Against the draining of Whittlesey Mere.

Sedgley, John surveyor  S/B/SP/1640  ? 1842

Contents:
Superintended building of the new bridge at Welney in July 1837, but has received no pay for same.

Mepal & Welney Washes  S/B/SP/1641  ? 1842

Contents:
Flood has broken Cradge Bank of the 100 Foot river above Mepal: various suggestions for general improvement of district.

Wash, Great Estuary of  S/B/SP/1642  6th April 1843

Contents:
Plan for reclaiming part of the estuary.

South Level owners &c  S/B/SP/1643  ? 1843

Contents:
St John's Eau needs to be enlarged and deepened.

St Ives, Hunts, Master Watermen  S/B/SP/1644  19th April 1843

Contents:
For leave to hale along the 100 Foot bank when strong easterly winds are blowing.

River Lark, Merchants on  S/B/SP/1645  April 1843 ?

Contents:
River Lark should be scoured out and deepened.

Soham Lode, owners  S/B/SP/1646  April 1843 ?

Contents:
For erecting a new bridge at Barway.

Commissioners of Littleport & Downham  S/B/SP/1647  April 1843 ?

Contents:
For leave to take earth from Rosewell Hill Pits.

Commissioners of Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1648  April 1843 ?

Contents:
For leave to take earth from Rosewell Hill Pits.

Monks Lode occupiers  S/B/SP/1649  1843

Contents:
Monk's Lode to be roded and cleaned. Whitsun 1843

N & E Railway Co  S/B/SP/1650  December 1843

Contents:
Are extending their lines through part of Bedford Level.

Trustees of Welney Charity  S/B/SP/1651  [? June] 1843

Contents:
Not enough waterway leading to Wellmore Lake Sluice, to remove obstructions there and at Smart's Mill.

Middle Level owners &c  S/B/SP/1652  1843

Contents:
Present outfall to Ouse should be enlarged, Tongs Drain and banks and Pophams Eau should be deepened and improved.

Commissioners of N & SW Middle Level  S/B/SP/1653  after 10th March 1843

Contents:
Tongs Drain needs improving.

Middle Level owners &c  S/B/SP/1654  1843

Contents:
Rivers and drains from Stoke Ferry to... Whittlesea Mere for about 33 miles are obstructed. Estimated cost of clearing £7,000 or £8,000, of which the Middle Level Commissioners and Eau Brink Navigation Commissioners have offered £4,500.

Middle Level owners &c  S/B/SP/1655  1843

Contents:
Are applying for an Act of Parliament to enable them to drain and embank Whittlesea & Trundle Meres.

Bundle No.18.  [no ref.]  1844-1848

Commissioners of Sutton & Mepal  S/B/SP/1656  April 1844

Contents:
To preserve the banks of the Old Bedford river in their present state: against Bill re Middle Level.

Grunty Fen Drain  S/B/SP/1657  ? April 1844

Contents:
To be scoured etc.

Commissioners of Upwell & Outwell  S/B/SP/1658  April 1844

Contents:
Against the Middle Level Bill concerning Middle Level drainage.

Manea, Welney &c occupiers  S/B/SP/1659  April 1844

Contents:
Against the Middle Level Bill concerning Middle Level drainage.

Peterborough inhabitants  S/B/SP/1660  April 1844

Contents:
Against the Middle Level Bill concerning Middle Level drainage.

Hatley, Sarah  S/B/SP/1661  April 1844

Contents:
To take over care of Swaffham Sluice in place of her deceased husband.

Barrow, Edward  S/B/SP/1662  April 1844

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on east bank of Ouse at Hilgay.

100 Foot Washes inhabitants  S/B/SP/1663  April 1844

Contents:
For haling bank to be continued from Sutton bridge to Earith Bridge.

Page, Thomas, esq  S/B/SP/1664  1844

Contents:
For repayment of £256. 15s. 8¼d. paid in taxes. Whitsun 1844

Ainger, John (late messenger of Board)  S/B/SP/1665  29th May 1844

Contents:
For help after 32 years service.

Commissioners of Thetford Fen  S/B/SP/1666  6th July 1844

Contents:
For leave to take earth from gault pits at Roswell Hill.

Commissioners of Mildenhall &c  S/B/SP/1667  4rd March 1845

Contents:
For leave to take earth from gault pits at Roswell Hill for repairing bank of River Lark.

Commissioners of Stoke Ferry  S/B/SP/1668  April 1845

Contents:
For help in putting rear doors to Stow Fall Sluice.

Downham inhabitants  S/B/SP/1669  April 1845

Contents:
For lease of land on which to build a Primitive Methodist Chapel.

Grunty Fen inhabitants  S/B/SP/1670  April 1845

Contents:
For Board to repair drain now useless (plan).

Commissioners of South Level  S/B/SP/1671  April 1845

Contents:
West River needs to be deepened and enlarged. £700 to be contributed.

Harding, William Derisely, and David Thornbory  S/B/SP/1672  After May 1845

Contents:
Contracted for making a new drain to the Ouse and to build sluices, bridges, &c for £71874. 10s. 6d: want doors of Tongs Drain to be opened while they do work.

Moreton's Leam Wash owners  S/B/SP/1673  April 1846

Contents:
That the proposed railway bridge over the Nene at Wisbech should be so sited as not to impede navigation.

Eastern Counties Railway Co  S/B/SP/1674  April 1846

Contents:
Concerning railway bridges over Old & New Bedford River & Delph.

Lynn & Ely Railway Co  S/B/SP/1675  April 1846

Contents:
Concerning railway bridges over various drains and rivers.

Ely & Huntingdon Railway Co  S/B/SP/1676  April 1846

Contents:
Concerning railway bridges over Ouse & Old West River.

Welney inhabitants  S/B/SP/1677  April 1846

Contents:
Complain of the impassable state of the Bank.

Vipan, Joseph, of Sutton  S/B/SP/1678  April 1846

Contents:
Henry Lawrence of Ely has cut a ditch near Barrier Bank.

Hilgay, Rector & Parishioners  S/B/SP/1679  April 1846

Contents:
For contribution to a Chapel of Ease & School erected in a far part of the parish.

Commissioners of Thetford & district  S/B/SP/1680  April 1846

Contents:
For leave to take earth from Rosewell Hill Pit.

Commissioners of Sutton & Mepal  S/B/SP/1681  April 1846

Contents:
To be heard on the Board's order re scouring the County Wash Drain from Black Sluice to Welches Dam.

Commissioners of 100 Foot washes  S/B/SP/1682  April 1846

Contents:
To continue the haling path from Sutton Gault to Earith and to erect a Staunch across the Delph.

Lawrence, Henry, of Ely  S/B/SP/1683  April 1846

Contents:
The Board owes him £19 for tithes for Stuntney Hamlet.

Commissioners of South Level  S/B/SP/1684  April 1846

Contents:
Ten Mile River needs clearing and deepening.

South Level owners &c  S/B/SP/1685  April 1846

Contents:
That the Board will allow the residue of their £1,000 grant to be expended on the Ten Mile River.

Townley, Richard Greaves, Esq, of Fulbourn  S/B/SP/1686  1846

Contents:
To be heard re his land in Upwell taken by Board. Whitsun 1846

Peto, Samuel Morton, (contractor)  S/B/SP/1687  12th June 1846

Contents:
For leave to put piles in river while erecting a railway bridge over the 100 Foot river.

Commissioners of South Level  S/B/SP/1688  April 1847

Contents:
For advance of sum promised (£350) for improving the Ten Mile River from Littleport Bridge to Denver Sluice.

Commissioners of Stoke Ferry &c  S/B/SP/1689  April 1847

Contents:
For help with their debt incurred in scouring St John's Eau, and to help them scour the Roxham Drain.

Atkinson, Richard  S/B/SP/1690  April 1847

Contents:
Has bought 2 roods of land and paid tax on them, but has not received them.

Townley, Rev William Gale  S/B/SP/1691  April 1847

Contents:
For compensation of loss of tolls on his bridge at Welney.

Downham owners &c  S/B/SP/1692  April 1847

Contents:
Eastern Counties Railway Company have put a station on Black Bank, and asks Board to improve road from Stone Bridge to Station.

Peel, Robert, esq, agent of F Browne Bell  S/B/SP/1693  April 1847

Contents:
No encroachment of South of Sam's Cut Drain has been made by their tenant, Henry Miller.

Welney Wash owners &c  S/B/SP/1694  April 1847 ?

Contents:
Board to continue excavation of the Delph from Welney to Seven Holes Sluice.

Parr, Mark, of Upware  S/B/SP/1695  1847

Contents:
Board should repay him his quit rent for fisheries paid to Mr Allix = £5. 14s.
Whitsun

Commissioners of Nene River  S/B/SP/1696  February 1848

Contents:
Board to prevent impediment to navigation through Standground Sluice (with letters from Charles Smith, John Lawrence and Richard Orton).

Hilgay inhabitants  S/B/SP/1697  9th February 1848

Contents:
For leave to make a road from Hilgay to railway station.

Bavin, Mrs, of Earith  S/B/SP/1698  April 1848

Contents:
Hirer of bridge and navigation tolls at Hermitage Bridge, temporary stoppage of navigation has reduced tolls - seeks reduction of rent.

Waters, William, of Mepal  S/B/SP/1699  18th April 1848

Contents:
For a weekly allowance for past services - with letters from John Owen.

Lepla, Abraham sluice keeper at Welches Dam  S/B/SP/1700  19th April 1848

Contents:
For compensation for loss of 18 days work as carpenter.

North Level, 2nd district, owners &c  S/B/SP/1701  April 1848

Contents:
Poor supply of fresh water in summer and autumn, for leave to put a tunnel under north bank of Nene.

Commissioners of the Wash  S/B/SP/1702  1848

Contents:
Board to remove dam across Washes from Cradge Bank to the Delph placed there by owners of Wash Lands below Welney at their own expense Whitsun 1848

Bedford Level Corporation  S/B/SP/1703  26th November 1848

Contents:
Requests East Anglian Railway Company to remove the temporary bridge at Wiggenhall over the Ouse and replace it by a permanent one.

Bundle No.19  [no ref.]  1849-1858

Townley, W G, and other owners of the 100ft Washes  S/B/SP/1704  1849

Contents:
For the opening of a waterway from the Seven Holes Sluice at Earith to the Delph and Sluice at Welmoor Lake.

Simmons, Lucy, of Welney  S/B/SP/1705  1849

Contents:
For consent to the sale of a cottage and land in Welney now in disputed possession, with solicitor's letter and character testimonial.

Cropley, James, Commissioner of Cawdle Fen  S/B/SP/1706  1849

Contents:
Permission to take earth from Roswell Hill Pits to repair the Ouse bank.

Thetford District Commissioners  S/B/SP/1707  undated [1849]

Contents:
As S/B/SP/1706 for repair of the Thetford District Banks.

East Anglian Railway Company's solicitors  S/B/SP/1708  27th December 1848

Contents:
Not to take proceedings as stated in a Notice requiring the Removal of the Railway Bridge over the Ouse at Magdalen.

Wash Commissioners and proprietors  S/B/SP/1709  1849

Contents:
To complete scouring out the remaining portion of the Delph above Welney Bridge, and contribution of a third of the expense.

Bowker, George, Keeper of Standground Sluice  S/B/SP/1710  1850

Contents:
Enforcement of toll payment from persons crossing the sluice bridge, with memorandum of Order by the Board.

Boyce, Sarah, of Welney, labourer  S/B/SP/1711  18th April 1850

Contents:
For an order enabling her to assign the lease of her cottage, No.5 on the bank of the Old Bedford River.

James, Thomas, of Guyhirn  S/B/SP/1712  1850

Contents:
For lease of land formerly in possession of his wife's mother, Ann Headley.

Saunders, Mrs Ann, of Ramsey, Hunts  S/B/SP/1713  18th April 1850

Contents:
Permission to enclose part of the foreland of the 40ft river to erect and lease a cottage.

Jordan, Margaret, of Oxlode, Downham  S/B/SP/1714  1850

Contents:
To make an order enabling her to remain in possession of her deceased husband's cottage, claimed by her son on his father's death intestate.

Blackman, James, of Witcham  S/B/SP/1715  1850

Contents:
For repairs to the toll house at Witcham Gravel.

East Anglian Railways Company  S/B/SP/1716  May 1850

Contents:
For permission to retain the temporary bridge over the Ouse at Magdalen till the end of October 1851 (see December 1848 above).

Upwell District Commissioners  S/B/SP/1717A  9th May 1849

Contents:
Compensation for the Corporation's letting of the herbage on the South bank of the 16th drain, part of which belongs to the Commissioners.

Sketch plan relating to this memorial  S/B/SP/1717B  [1849]

Contents:
Showing the south bank of the 16ft drain between Black Sluice and Bedlam Bridge, with schedule giving names of previous owners, amount paid on purchase and number on Lenny's Map.

Margetts, Charles  S/B/SP/1718A  1850

Contents:
For pecuniary assistance in erecting bridges at the two points where the road from Ramsey to Holme crosses the Nene.

Sketch plan  S/B/SP/1718B  [1850]

Contents:
Showing the Holme Road between to Ramsey between Whittlesea and Ugg Meres relating to their petition.

Sainty, John, chimney sweep of Beeston, near Litcham  S/B/SP/1720  25th July 1850

Contents:
For assistance following the drowning of his pony at Nordelph, with two letters from Townley, one forwarding the petition and the other concerning the opening of the Bedford Sluice.

Lyon, William, of Chatteris  S/B/SP/1721  undated

Contents:
Relief from tolls lately charged at the Welches Dam Toll Gate.

Wooll, Hugh, and Jacob Read, owners of land in the Long Wash  S/B/SP/1722  1851

Contents:
That the Corporation, as owners of land in the said Wash, contribute to an annual acre rate to provide for the working of a lately erected steam engine.

Curtis, William, of Chatteris  S/B/SP/1723  17th April 1851

Contents:
Against infringement of his property, and for leave to enlarge a drain and fence his land.

Ogden, William, of Upwell  S/B/SP/1724  2nd June 1851

Contents:
Permission to sell a lease of property on Guyhirn Bank.

Mott, Thomas, of Sutton  S/B/SP/1725  1851

Contents:
Relief from tolls paid at Bates Toll Gate and at Witcham Gravel when passing from one property to another.

Stevens, George, and other sluice keepers  S/B/SP/1726  1851

Contents:
For adequate remuneration despite proposed salary reductions.

Scott, Hannah, of Welney  S/B/SP/1727  1851

Contents:
To sell part of her leasehold property, cottage No.150 on the foreland of the 100ft bank.

Cranwell, Joseph, of Littleport  S/B/SP/1728  1851

Contents:
To sell the lease of a cottage No.232.

Gill, Richard and William, of Pymore, farmers  S/B/SP/1729  1851

Contents:
Leave to appear in relation to the removal of ditches and the inclusion of two pieces of land in the Washes in Downham in the bank of the Old Bedford River.

Porta, Elizabeth, of Southery  S/B/SP/1730  1852

Contents:
For the grant of a building lease for a cottage and garde No.109 in the 10 Mile bank.

Bullifent, Charles, and others  S/B/SP/1731  7th April 1852

Contents:
To make a tunnel through the Cross Baulk at Guyhirn.

Wootton, John, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1732  2nd June 1852

Contents:
Permission to lay a pipe through the 10 Mile Baulk for fresh water.

Ely and Soham Turnpike Trustees  S/B/SP/1733  1852

Contents:
Contribution to the repair of the bridge over the Middle Fen Drain.

Surveyors of Littleport  S/B/SP/1734  1852

Contents:
Permission to lay a tunnel through the baulk at Littleport Quay.

Harding, William Derisley  S/B/SP/1735  2nd June 1852

Contents:
For additional allowance to cover cost of the survey of Corporation property.

Lucas, Mark, of Brown's Hill Sluice  S/B/SP/1736  2nd June 1852

Contents:
Arrangement for payment of debt.

Nene Navigation Commissioners  S/B/SP/1737  1853

Contents:
For repair of Standground Sluice.

Shepperson, Robert, of Guyhirn  S/B/SP/1738  1853

Contents:
For erection of fences by the Board to Lot 10 and Lot 13 on Morton's Leam Barrier Bank.

Harding, N D, Superintendent General  S/B/SP/1739  21st April 1853

Contents:
For remuneration above his salary on account of extra work and expenses over the past year.

Waterbeach Level Commissioners  S/B/SP/1740  1853

Contents:
To take earth from Roswell Hill, Ely, to repair damage to banks caused by recent severe floods.

Bradley, George, for Mark Bradley  S/B/SP/1741  20th April 1853

Contents:
For lease of two pieces of Forelands in (?) Whittlesea.

Southwell, John  S/B/SP/1742  21st April 1853

Contents:
Further sum for extra work in consequence of the floods.

Middle Level Commissioners, Lands and Works Committee  S/B/SP/1743  1853

Contents:
Repairs to the South Bank of Moreton's Leam Wash near Eldernell in Whittlesey, and reminder of repairs needed to Standground Sluice.

Massey, Alfred, of Downham Market, brewer  S/B/SP/1744  30th March 1853

Contents:
To relinquish the lease of the Brewery at Downham Market, and of the following public houses: The Anchor at Sutton Gault, The Crown at Oxlode in Downham, The Chequers at Parls Bridge in Downham, The Three Tuns at Welney, and The Ship at Denver Sluice (with Tolls); from the 11th October next.

Feltwell New Fen District Commissioners  S/B/SP/1745  1853

Contents:
For a contribution towards the works occasioned by the calamitous floods, and regulation of the head of water at Denver Sluice.

Tingay Mr  S/B/SP/1746  18th April 1853

Contents:
Letter from R Pryer enclosing valuation for damage done to the south bank of Sams Cut by the break in Brandon Bank in the Feltwell District.

Upwell, Outwell, Denver and Welney Level Commissioners  S/B/SP/1747  1853

Contents:
Repairs to the Lower Bank of the Old Bedford River.

Childers, Mr  S/B/SP/1748  12th May 1835

Contents:
Letter from Robert Wright seeking permission for Mr Childers to make a road over the bank between the Nene Washes and his land in Coates Fen.

Metcalf, Charles, Junior  S/B/SP/1749  16th May 1853

Contents:
For consent to an assignment by way of mortgage of the leasehold cottage late Mr Richard Threadgill's in (?) Welney.

Coulson, Henry, of Guyhirn  S/B/SP/1750  1853

Contents:
For a lease of the unexpired term in the Rental property No.40.

Ward, Henry, of Southery  S/B/SP/1751  1853

Contents:
An abatement of rent because of damage by flood to the herbage of Lot 30, on the East Bank of the Ouse from Southery Ferry to Brand Creek Bridge.

Jones, Louisa, of Hilgay and Methwold  S/B/SP/1752  1853

Contents:
Contribution to repair the North Bank of Sams Cut, damaged by water flowing out of Southery Fen.

Lincoln, John  S/B/SP/1753  1853

Contents:
For the granting of a lease of the Moreton's Leam Bank adjoining the counterdrain.

Coulson, Henry  S/B/SP/1754  18th May 1853

Contents:
For the granting of a lease of the Moreton's Leam Bank adjoining the counterdrain.

Butler, Thomas  S/B/SP/1755  18th May 1853

Contents:
For the granting of a lease of the Moreton's Leam Bank adjoining the counterdrain.

Manea and Welney District Commissioners  S/B/SP/1756  1853

Contents:
For repair of the Old Bedford bank.

James, William, of Welney  S/B/SP/1757  undated

Contents:
To assign lease of cottage and premises No.12.

Lyon, Adam  S/B/SP/1758  1854

Contents:
Whether the toll he is charged is legal.

Sluice keepers  S/B/SP/1759  1854

Contents:
Increase in salaries.

Ellingham, David, of Ely  S/B/SP/1760  1854

Contents:
To renew the lease of Roswell Hill, Pits and Fishing.

Pell, The Hon Dame Margaret, and others, owners of the Adventures Lands in Grunty Fen  S/B/SP/1761  1854

Contents:
For specified steps to be taken to improve the drainage of Grunty Fen.

Ely Union Guardians  S/B/SP/1762  1854

Contents:
For the cleansing and scouring of Grunty Fen drain in Witchford.

Parkes, Rev Joseph William, Rector of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1763  1854

Contents:
For a pipe to be laid through the North bank of the Ouse, at Hilgay to provide water for the curate's house.

Colne and Earith Fens, owners and occupiers of land  S/B/SP/1764  1854

Contents:
To receive a deputation concerning the loss of crops caused by the malconstruction of the Old Bedford Sluice.

Manea and Welney District Commissioners  S/B/SP/1765  1854

Contents:
To prevent the silting up of the Old Bedford River by lowering the sill of the sluice and converting it into a fen sluice. A covering letter referring to this petition and above.

Warth, Thomas, on behalf of the owners and occupiers of the Sutton and Mepal District  S/B/SP/1766  1854

Contents:
Re the Old Bedford Sluice as S/B/SP/1765

Barker, William and Elizabeth Johnson of Welney  S/B/SP/1767  1854

Contents:
Give up their interest in the cottage rental Nos.82 and 285.

Owners and occupiers of lands draining into the River Ouse above Hermitage Suspension Bridge  S/B/SP/1768  1854

Contents:
To compel the reduction of the Wash Cradge Bank to its proper height, to enlarge the 100ft river and its bridges, so as to drain the flood waters of the Ouse. Analysis of signatures.

Ellingham, David, lessee of Roswell Hill, Ely  S/B/SP/1769  1854

Contents:
To consider the future of the Pits, and to make compensation for damage caused by excessive removal of earth, gault and stones.

Peel, Edmunds, and other owners in Hilgay Great West Fen  S/B/SP/1770  1854

Contents:
Permission to increase the outlet into the Ouse below Sams Cut on the erection of a steam engine under Act of Parliament.

Hundred foot Wash Commissioners and owners  S/B/SP/1771  13th November 1854

Contents:
To see a deputation concerning the proposed improvement of the 100 Foot river.

Watermen, and others  S/B/SP/1772  undated

Contents:
Recommending Mark Lucas, son of the late keeper, as Keeper of the Over new sluice.

Wash Commissioners  S/B/SP/1773  1855

Contents:
Setting forth the terms on which they are prepared to contribute towards the cost of the improvement of the 100ft washes.

Eastern Counties Railway  S/B/SP/1774  20th March 1855

Contents:
Permission for temporary pile to be driven into the New Bedford River during repairs to the bridge carrying the Peterborough line. Plan of bridge and river bed, tracing, scale 4ft to 1 inch.

Wash Commissioners  S/B/SP/1775  1855

Contents:
For the completion of the widening of the Old Bedford River, that is between Coveney Common Wash and Welches Dam.

Hall, Rev Robert  S/B/SP/1776  1855

2 copies

Contents:
Rating revaluation on Adventurers land

Hilgay West Fen Commissioners  S/B/SP/1777  1855

Contents:
Permission to make a tunnel through the North bank of Sams Cut for fresh water.

Sutton, Mepal etc, District Commissioners  S/B/SP/1778  1855

Contents:
Urgent repairs to the sluice doors on the Old Bedford River.

Harris, Sussannah, widow, of Ramsey  S/B/SP/1779  1855

Contents:
For her acceptance as lessee of the tolls at the Hermitage and Black Bank, in place of her agent who hired them for himself with her money.

Eyre, Elijah, of King's Lynn  S/B/SP/1780  1855

2 vouchers.

Contents:
For compensation of costs incurred in licensing the Three Tuns Public House at Welney which was hired from the Board in the belief that it was licensed. (Also mentions the hiring of The Ship at Denver and the Chequers at Purls Bridge).

Watermen, and others  S/B/SP/1781  19th April 1855

Contents:
Recommending Aaron Watts for the post of Staunch Keeper at the Over New Staunch, and character references. Also letter from George Fayers asking to be considered as Keeper of the Browns Hill Staunch.

Bottisham and Swaffham District Commissioners  S/B/SP/1782  18th May 1855

Contents:
Alteration of the flood gates at Reach Sluice to lower the water by 1 foot.

Burwell Fen Commissioners  S/B/SP/1783  1855

Contents:
Alteration of the flood gates at Reach Sluice to lower the water by 1 foot.

Stevens, George, Keeper of Denver Sluice  S/B/SP/1784  1855

Contents:
For a small pension to keep him out of the Union.

Ground, David, owner of land at Oldersmeer, Angle Corner, Whittlsea  S/B/SP/1785  17th May 1855

Contents:
To lay a tunnel in the bank of Bevil's River to irrigate his land.

Upwell, Outwell, etc, Commissioners  S/B/SP/1786  1856

Contents:
For repairs to the lower bank of the Old Bedford River.

Rose, Thomas, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/1787  1856

Contents:
To lay a pipe through the bank of the Ten Mile River for fresh water supply.

Hall, Rev Robert  S/B/SP/1788  12th May 1856

Contents:
For relief of taxation on a decreased area of reteable property in Morton's Leam Wash, and a right of passage. Covering letter.

Pinnick, John, of Salters Lode  S/B/SP/1789  13th May 1856

Contents:
For permission to move the license he holds from the present public house to the Corporation house which he occupies as keeper of Salters Lode Sluice.

Landowners in Sutton and Mepal, and Manea & Welney Districts  S/B/SP/1790  29th April 1856

Contents:
For the removal of the bar formed in the Old Bedford River by the admission of tidal water through the sluice, and for the cessation of this practice.

Hundred Foot Wash Commissioners and owners  S/B/SP/1791  10th May 1856

Contents:
Repair of the sluice at the Great Dyke near Mepal.

Bedford, William  S/B/SP/1792  1857

Contents:
Employed in maintenance of the Hermitage Road at 6d. per day; for an increase.

Landowners in Burnt Fen District  S/B/SP/1793  1857

Contents:
Permission to make a tunnel in the old Burnt Fen Bank near Hawking's Drove in Littleport to supply fresh water.

Bowker, George, keeper of Stanground Sluice  S/B/SP/1794  1858

Contents:
To pay a lower rent for the bank on which his house stands. Covering letter.

West, Samuel, of Emneth  S/B/SP/1795  21st April 1858

Contents:
Entreats the Corporation to enforce a sufficient road at the premises of Mrs Read on the North Bank of the 100 Foot river.

Corn Merchants, Millers, etc  S/B/SP/1796  4th May 1858

Contents:
Postponement of closing Stanground Sluice to navigation till July next.

Middle Level landowners  S/B/SP/1797  1858

Contents:
Permission during improvements to the Middle Level Main Drain to pass the water through Salters Lode and the Old Beford Sluices.

Bundle No.20.  [no ref.]  1860-1878

Parr, Mark, of Upware, Swaffham Prior, publican  S/B/SP/1798  7th April 1860

Contents:
That the Burwell Fen Commissioners have taken part of the fishery in Reach and Burwell Lodes hired by him from the Corporation, so he prays to be put in possession of the entire fishery, or for the rent to be reduced.

100 Foot Wash Commissioners  S/B/SP/1799  1860

Contents:
For the erection of a pair of pointing doors near Wellmore Lake Sluice to close in Winter on the outflow of the tidal waters and deposit the silt on the land instead of the river.

Mitcham, Abraham, of Eastrea, farmer  S/B/SP/1800  18th April 1860

Contents:
Prays
a. That the Corporation will indemnify him against the aggressive acts of Mr Blunt (occupier of adjacent land)
b. reimburse him the cost of the action brough by Mr Blunt at the Assizes
c. make reasonable orders in the premises.
With plan of land adjoining Moreton's Leam.

Townley, Rev William Gale  S/B/SP/1801  11th May 1860


Related information: See S/B/SP/1799

Contents:
Not to concede the memorial of the 100 Foot Wash Commissioners to flood the Washes during the winter

Welney parish, owners and occupiers  S/B/SP/1802  May 1860


Related information: See S/B/SP/1801

Upwell, Outwell, etc, Commissioners  S/B/SP/1803  1860


Related information: See S/B/SP/1801

Owners and occupiers of lands draining into the Ouse above Hermitage Bridge  S/B/SP/1804  1860

Contents:
For the opening of the Seven Hole Sluice at Earith when the water reaches the top of the Cradge Bank, and the lowering of the Wash Cradge Bank above Mepal (as in earlier petition of 1854). With copy and plan of lands affected.

Hall, Rev George, of Ely  S/B/SP/1805  26th May 1860

Contents:
Repair of the bridge over the waterway to the clay pits at Roswell Hill.

Foulden, Didlington, Oxburgh, etc, inhabitants  S/B/SP/1806  1861

Contents:
Pecuniary assistance in dredging and clearing the weeds in the River Wissey.

Bullard, John, and others, occupiers of holts between the Hermitage and Swavesey Fen  S/B/SP/1807  1861

Contents:
Compensation for damage to holts by water and frost.

Bowker, George, and others  S/B/SP/1808  April 1861

Contents:
That George Bowker be given rent relief on his forelands which have been under water for 1½ years.

100 Foot Washes Commissioners  S/B/SP/1809  1861

Contents:
For improvement of the Old Bedford River between Coveney Common Wash and Welches Dam, with copy.

Middle Level Owners and occupiers  S/B/SP/1810  1861

Contents:
For the repair of the Great Barrier Bank between Fortrys Hall and Welches Dam.

Mane & Welney District Commissioners  S/B/SP/1811  1861

Contents:
Repair of Great Barrier Bank as above.

Middle Level owners and occupiers  S/B/SP/1812  1861

Contents:
An allowance towards the cost of roding the Fenton Lode.

Hirers of lands in Sutton  S/B/SP/1813  1862

Contents:
For the deduction from their rent of a parish rate levied for the purchase of a burial ground.

Bowker, George, of Stanground  S/B/SP/1814  12th April 1862

Contents:
To be released from the payment of the rent of his bank for 1860.

Gathercole, M A, Chairman of Chatteris Lower District  S/B/SP/1815  10th May 1862

Contents:
To run their waters through the Old Bedford River.

Richardson, Fryer, of Fortrey House  S/B/SP/1816  5th June 1862

Contents:
For compensation for loss of herbage on bank near Welch's Dam. With memorandum of survey.

Haddenham Level Commissioners  S/B/SP/1817  1862

Contents:
Repair of the 100ft bank a mile below Earith Bridge.

Butler, Mary  S/B/SP/1818  1862

Contents:
For a lease of 21 years of a cottage on the foreland of Moreton's Leam Bank.

Richardson, T F, and R K Porter, of Mepal  S/B/SP/1819  6th June 1862

Contents:
Permission to go to their land in the Wash along the South side of the Old Bedford River.

100ft Wash Commissioners  S/B/SP/1820  1862

Contents:
To be exonerated from payments made as a result of an agreement to strengthen the Cradge Bank between Mepal and Earith Bridges.

Burwell Fen Drainage Commissioners  S/B/SP/1821  November 1862

Contents:
For lowering of the sill of Upware Sluice. With letter.

Bowker, George  S/B/SP/1822  14th April 1863

Contents:
Purport not clear, but from previous petitions it would appear that rent relief is prayed for.

Brown, Joseph, Esq for the Hilgay West Fen Commissioners  S/B/SP/1823  1863

Contents:
To replace the fresh water tunnel near Hunts Sluice in the North bank of Sam's Cut with another near Modney Bridge.

Green, Thomas, and others  S/B/SP/1824  20th April 1864

Contents:
To lower the rent of a piece of bank.

Vipan, W R, of Mepal Brewery  S/B/SP/1825  16th April 1864

Contents:
For exclusion from paymentof tolls at the Hermitage, with letter.

Wissey separate Drainage District  S/B/SP/1826  7th April 1865

Contents:
For payment of the sum of £300 granted to the Drainage Board.

Forrest, James, Secretary of the Institute of Civil Engineers  S/B/SP/1827  2nd June 1865

Contents:
For spare copies of reports, books, pamphlets etc relating to the drainage of the Fens.

South Level Commissioners  S/B/SP/1828  1865

Contents:
For a monetary contribution towards completing the dredging of the West River between Harromeer and the Hermitage Sluice.

Dench, Henry of Ely  S/B/SP/1829  6th June 1865

Contents:
For compensation and erection of a new fence to his Wash Land (destroyed by South Level Commissioners).

Eau Brink Commissioners  S/B/SP/1830  18th July 1866

Contents:
Consent to removal of the Bramhill Pitts Bridge near Mepal and substitution of a tunnel.

Scarnell, Henry, merchant, of Downham Market, and others  S/B/SP/1831  31st July 1866

Contents:
For the opening of Burchams Folly Sluice to scour out St John's Eau. Letter from H Scarnell and copy letter from J J Nunn.

Stoke Ferry Commissioners  S/B/SP/1832  April 1867

Contents:
Against the opening of the Burchams Folly Sluice, but for the reopening of the Safferys Folly Sluice. Includes letter from J J Nunn.

Burwell Lode, persons interested in the navigation of  S/B/SP/1833  15th September 1867

Contents:
For sufficient water to be kept in the Lode to allow proper navigation.

Morden, John  S/B/SP/1834  undated

Contents:
License to assign lease of a cottage at Littleport to Frederick Griffin of Littleport, shopkeeper.

Swaffham and Bottisham District Commissioners  S/B/SP/1835  4th April 1868

Contents:
To lower the water at the mouths of the Reach and Burwell Lodes by 2ft.

Stoke Ferry Commissioners  S/B/SP/1836  14th April 1868

Contents:
Permission to extend and rebuild the bridge over St John's Eau at Downham Market, and for contribution to the cost.

Burwell & Wicken Lodes, persons interested in the navigation of  S/B/SP/1837  14th April 1868

Contents:
To continue to maintain a sufficient depth of water in the lode for navigation.

Haddenham Level Commissioners  S/B/SP/1838  1870

Contents:
For a payment in aid of the puddling and repair of the North bank of the Old West River.

Downham Market, owners and occupiers living near St John's Eau  S/B/SP/1839  1871

Contents:
Prevent the discharge of waste water from the Downham Flax Company (Ltd) into St John's Eau.

Sutton, occupiers of lands  S/B/SP/1840  October/November 1872

2 letters

Contents:
Letters to the Registrar calling attention to the unsafe condition of the Bridge over the 100ft River at Sutton Gault (2).

Sawyer, C J  S/B/SP/1841  26th May 1873

Contents:
For an advance of salary or a gratuity.

Commissioners of the Lakenheath and Brandon Fen District, and the Feltwell District  S/B/SP/1842  1873

Contents:
To dredge the Little Ouse or Brandon River.

Welney Mission School  S/B/SP/1843  2nd April 1874

Contents:
For a 99 years lease of the frontage of the school site.

Burwell Fen Commissioners and others  S/B/SP/1844  27th October 1874

Contents:
Repair of Upwell Sluice gates.

Sutton, inhabitants  S/B/SP/1845  15th April 1876

Contents:
To strengthen the bridge over the 100 Foot river to carry traction engine. Covering letter.

Owners and occupiers of lands draining into the Ouse above Earith  S/B/SP/1846  1876

Contents:
To scour and improve the 100ft river, which is insufficient to discharge properly the waters of the Ouse.

St Ives Ouse Floods Committee  S/B/SP/1847  21st May 1877

Contents:
Removal of Ozier Holts planted within the banks of the 100ft river; lowering of the [Cradge] bank along the 100ft to the height of 4ft above the washes; the Seven Holes Sluice at earith to be opened to admit flood waters into the Washes in winter.

Martin, William  S/B/SP/1848  May 1877

Contents:
States the facts of the case in an action for debt brought by William Cole. Includes additional memorandum, and writs of summons to the Court of Common Pleas, 1851 and 1855.

Wash Commissioners and others  S/B/SP/1849  1878

Contents:
That the order of the Board of 5th July 1877 concerning the opening of Seven Holes Sluice be amended to terminate its enforcement on 1st April instead of 1st May.

Unnumbered Bundle.  [no ref.]  1859 & n.d

Owners of lands in the North and South-West of the Middle Level  S/B/SP/1850  1859

8 copies of petition.

Contents:
To appoint a committee to consider the separation of the lands in the N & SW parts of the Middle Level from the rest of the Bedford Level, and to transfer the funds and powers of the Corporation over this area to the Middle Level Commissioners. A printed petition, 8 copies, including copy order of the Board of the Corporation at Whitsuntide meeting 1859.

Owners and occupiers of lands in the South Level  S/B/SP/1851  undated

Contents:
That the Corporation pause before agreeing to the above petition, or take any steps towards dissolving the Corporation. Printed.

Bundle 'A'  [no ref.]  undated

Upwell  S/B/SP/1852  17th century

Contents:
To have the dam over the New Cut opened and a sluice put instead.

Downham  S/B/SP/1853  undated

Contents:
For a tunnel through the south bank.

Ely, Thetford, &c  S/B/SP/1854  undated

Contents:
To have the dam taken up on the bank side of Ely river and a sluice made instead, also to have Sandy's Cut scoured.

Littleport  S/B/SP/1855  After April 1705

Contents:
Thanks for scouring the Old Welney river and wish the work to be carried further.

Borough Fen, tenants of Lord Bellasis  S/B/SP/1856  undated

Contents:
Mr Mark Lepla has stopped up the new southery drain and so causes much damage and difficulty to them.

Welney inhabitants  S/B/SP/1857  undated

Contents:
For a sluice to be set near Welney town.

Methwold, Feltwell, &c  S/B/SP/1858  undated

Contents:
For mending of south bank of Stoake river, Sams Cut to be scoured and a strong bank made on North of Brandon river.

Scotten, Edwards, of Priest houses at Brandon Creek end  S/B/SP/1859  undated

Contents:
For his tunnels to be repaired and the gulls in the bank of Brandon river be mended.

Lakenheath  S/B/SP/1860  after 1712

Contents:
That the 12 Foot drain may be cleansed, the west bank of Lakenheath Lode needs mending, and also the south side of Brandon river.

Creditors of the Corporation  S/B/SP/1861  [n.d.]

Contents:
If the Bill before Parliament for settling the draining of the Great Level be passed, some provision may be made for the security of their debts (about £14,000).

Swayne, Ann (widow)  S/B/SP/1862  [n.d.]

Contents:
That the bonds given to John Juxon deceased? may be surrendered and new bonds with interest due may be given to her as arranged by Thomas Juxon, exor.

Thetford  S/B/SP/1863  [n.d.]

Contents:
That the river from Harromeer Heads for 6 miles down may be frequently rooked and obstructions plucked up.

Chatteris (Slade Lode)  S/B/SP/1864  undated

Contents:
The 20 Foot drain and Old Bedford river are so much overgrown that they cannot take the strong current especially in time of flood: the sluice in the 20 foot has been kept shut and several persons have laid bridges over the 40 foot, which are too low and stop the current.

Downham, Littleport, &c  S/B/SP/1865  undated

Contents:
That the Ware dyke from Read Fen to Mr Barbor's lands be scoured and a sluice at its lower end into the New Bedford river may be built.

Downham  S/B/SP/1866  undated

Contents:
For a tunnel through the south bank of the New Bedford river.

Drury, William, of Boughton  S/B/SP/1867  undated

Contents:
For compensation for loss of land and commons at Stow, Wimbotcham and Downham by a cut made through them (£200 damage) for which he and his father received a piece of bank on the east side of river - also for 10 years the Corporation has been taken gault from their land.

Littleport  S/B/SP/1868  undated

Contents:
The Welney river in their parish needs scouring.

Littleport  S/B/SP/1869  undated

Contents:
For a cart bridge over the Sandys Cut.

Holme, Hunts  S/B/SP/1870  undated

Contents:
For scouring the drain from Holme to Ugg Mere.

Upwell  S/B/SP/1871  undated

Contents:
Popham's Eau needs scouring.

Upwell, Outwell, &c  S/B/SP/1872  undated

Contents:
That the clow at Welches Dam may be kept shut.

Welney & Manea  S/B/SP/1873  undated

Contents:
That the sluice at Welches Dam causes much damage to their lands.

Smith, John, and others  S/B/SP/1874  5th April 1714

Contents:
Have done banking work on the east and west banks of the Ouse for 340 poles, and Mr Henry Saffery seems to have agreed payment of 2s. 6d. per pole, but they have not received the full amount.

Lakenheath  S/B/SP/1875  undated

Contents:
For cleansing of the lode from Earswell Mill to Brand river and from Wainsford Springs to Earswell.

Smith, William, of Ely Trinity  S/B/SP/1876  [1709]

Contents:
4½ acres of his land rendered useless by digging (for gault?) - for compensation.

Cole, William, of Ely  S/B/SP/1877  undated

Contents:
Bought 25 out of the 105 acres of Ann Curtis at Vermoden who failed to pay tax - his purchase challenged - for recompense by Board if they refuse to recognise it.

Hilgay, Roxham &c  S/B/SP/1878  undated

Contents:
Their lands in the fens or fresh marshes on east of Ouse much damaged by flooding.

Hilgay & Southery  S/B/SP/1879  undated

Contents:
The tunnel laid under Stoke or Wissey river is of much help to them, but on Denver's complaint the Board ordered it to be locked and the key given to Stafford of Denver - ask to have key returned to William Gallaway, the officer of the level.

Northwold  S/B/SP/1880  undated

Contents:
For the drain between Common Fen of Northwold and that of Methwold be scoured at once.

North Level, Peterborough & Burrough Great Fen  S/B/SP/1881  undated

Contents:
That New South Eau drain from Clows Cross to Pepper Lake be bottomed and scoured.

Skelton, John, Archdeacon of Bedford  S/B/SP/1882  undated

Contents:
Mark Descow, gent, deceased, of Ramsey, mortgaged part of his land in Ramsey for £50; that this may be entered in the Registry books.

Great Level owners of 210,000 acres  S/B/SP/1883  undated

Contents:
Petition to Parliament to be heard before any Bill comes before them for the taking up or destruction of the sluices.

Ely & Stuntney  S/B/SP/1884  undated

Contents:
For a grant to enable them to put their banks in good order to resist flooding.

March, Whittlesea &c  S/B/SP/1885  undated

Contents:
That the 40 Foot be scoured, Popham's Eau bottomed, the Tongs [drain] be repaired and other works designed to drain 80,000 acres of land be restored and that a proportionate sum be set aside yearly for these works - with covering letters and signatures.

Welney & Upwell  S/B/SP/1886  undated

Contents:
That May Lode, part of the old river and Dews dyke may be scoured and a brick tunnel set through the 20 Foot bank into Bedford river.

Mitchell, Reginald, and others of Ramsey  S/B/SP/1887  undated

Contents:
For the corporation to scour 300 poles remaining to complete the work already done by Ramsey on the 40 foot drain.

Petition by Welney  S/B/SP/1888  undated

Contents:
Welney Chatteris, Somersham and others being unwilling to do their share of work, want the sluice in the 20 Foot at Welches Dam to be taken up, which would injure Welney - they pray the Corporation to refuse Chatteris etc.

Canham, John, of Littleport  S/B/SP/1889  24th February 1712

Contents:
Asks to be accepted as tenant of a cottage lately bought on west bank of Ouse near Littleport bridge.

Welches Dam  S/B/SP/1890  undated

Contents:
Report of Committee on the sluices of the 40 foot into the 20 foot etc.

Fordham, Denver etc  S/B/SP/1891  after 1715

Contents:
Roxham drain sends its waters to over run their lands; since Denver sluices fell, the 100 foot river waters are kept too high: ask for St John's Eau to be ditched and scoured to be 30 foot; the mill set up by William Stafford of Denver also sends water into their lands.

Ramsey, Benwick, Chatteris, etc  S/B/SP/1892  undated

Contents:
For Old bedford river to be scoured from Welches Dam to Bedford sluice.

Fann, Owen  S/B/SP/1893  after 1788

Contents:
In 1785, 508 floors of earth were taken from his 14 acres in Sutton, and more in 1788: asks for relief.

Haddenham Commissioners of Level  S/B/SP/1894  undated

Contents:
Banks in their district so ruinous that their funds are exhausted and they need help (notes on back).

Lakenheath  S/B/SP/1895  undated

Contents:
Banks so much out of repair through general haling along them that their funds are exhausted.

Byam, Abraham  S/B/SP/1896  after 1722

Contents:
The Corporation owed him £49. 1s. 9d. for "entertainment" at their April meeting, but paid him £40 only and he asks for the balance.

Lacy, William, freemason  S/B/SP/1897  undated

Contents:
The Board owes him for between 9 and 10 tons of free-stone at Salter's lode and asks to be paid.

Hockwold, Feltwell &c  S/B/SP/1898  undated

Contents:
The North bank at Brandon is their principal defence against floods, if the outfall is deserted the land would be lost.

Elstobb, Ann and Elizabeth  S/B/SP/1899  undated

Contents:
Daughters of the late William Elstobb, land surveyor and engineer, ask for £77. 14s. 3d. due to their father from the Board.

Hancock, --, Rector of Eversholt, Beds  S/B/SP/1900  undated

Contents:
For ratification of exchange with Bedford Level Commissioners of Somersett Spring (of 9a. 2r. 35p.) for the same sized wood called Priory Stocking, for the Rectory.

Thetford inhabitants  S/B/SP/1901  undated

Contents:
For £30 or so be laid out for repair of the banks of Goldsmoore Fen.

Ramsey, Holme, &c  S/B/SP/1902  undated

Contents:
For a dam to stop the Bill Lode at Ramsey Town end near Bill Lode bridge: a pair of breast doors pointing seawards across the Nene and another dam across the Bill Lode near Gull drain.

Mepal, Witcham, &c  S/B/SP/1903  undated

Contents:
The Ware [or Wear] dyke needs to be well roaded and cleaned and the same for Grunty Fen drain: the work would cost £12.

Lakenheath  S/B/SP/1904  undated

Contents:
The banks of New Fen and Stallard are very ruinous and the people cannot afford to mend them, owing to their losses of cattle.

Johnson, Austin, of Ely, gentleman  S/B/SP/1905  undated

Contents:
Owns some high lands called Branghill Closes in Sutton on south bank of New Bedford river and 16 acres in Byall fen, which have been cut up to repair banks: is willing to make a contract with the Board and asks for damages.

Middle Level owners  S/B/SP/1906  undated

Contents:
Ask that the taxes for the ensuing year be laid out in maintenance of sluices at Salter's Lode, Old Bedford and Stanground and in flagging the banks.

Stoke, Wareham &c  S/B/SP/1907  undated

Contents:
For repair of north bank of the Wissey: of Roxham drain and impediments removed from St John's Eau.

Haddenham Level Commissioners  S/B/SP/1908  undated

Contents:
For repair of west bank of the Ouse from Stretham Ferry to Aldreth bridge.

Isleham inhabitants  S/B/SP/1909  undated

Contents:
Lands in their fen have been under water for years in spite of their efforts to mend the banks.

Vipan, Benjamin, John Gardner and others of Middle Level  S/B/SP/1910  undated

Contents:
North bank of Bedford river much damaged by carting: asks Board to set down posts to prevent this.

Wright, George, esq  S/B/SP/1911  after 1740

Contents:
Was beguiled into buying 4,500 acres of Corporation lands by their late Register, Mr Plaxton, from 1740 to have 2 years tax free. He did much good work on them, but has lost everying and asks to be tax free in future.

Manea Commissioners  S/B/SP/1912  [n.d.]

Contents:
For leave to make dams over the 20 Foot and cut waterways through the Black Bank to take their waters to the Old Bedford river.

Whittlesea & March  S/B/SP/1913  25th May 1693

Contents:
Owing to the extreme wet their lands are drowned increased by downfall of waters from the high lands.

Collier, James, esq  S/B/SP/1914  after 1740

Contents:
Lands in Whelpmoor in south level belonging to the late George Wright, were forfeited for non-payment of taxes: he offers to take them over free of tax for 1 year.

Somersham, Colne, &c, owners  S/B/SP/1915  undated

Contents:
That the tunnels under the west water and at Copins Corner be allowed to run or to scour the drain in the Counterway.

Jenyns, Roger, esq  S/B/SP/1916  [October 1663]

Contents:
He claims that he is not liable for the second tax on Howards land and the penalty, since the Corporation had respited the land from sale.

Feltwell Commissioners  S/B/SP/1917  undated

Contents:
The breach in the bank was against Sam's Cut, lot 15 Methwold - for leave to cut earth in the same lot.

Whittlesea owners &c  S/B/SP/1918  undated

Contents:
The low grounds near Bevill's Leam and Whittlesea Dyke are dried up and farmers and stock have no water. For leave to have the waters of Morton's Leam to pass through Stanground Sluice into the Nene.

Northwold inhabitants  S/B/SP/1919  undated

Contents:
To restore the grant of £10 pa to William Cole junior, who has taken over his father's work in control of the drains.

Hare, Sir George, and others of Stow Bardolph  S/B/SP/1920  undated

Contents:
For repair of doors of St John's Eau.

Gould, Charles, of Stretham  S/B/SP/1921  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a bridge over the Ouse at Sheepwash Gravels, at his own expense.

Sutton, Mepal, &c  S/B/SP/1922  undated

Contents:
For £60 to repair the 20 foot bank from Earith Black Sluice to Welches dam: will raise proportionate sum.

Tokelove, William, officer of the Corporation  S/B/SP/1923  undated

Contents:
That by order of two of his superior officers, he provided labourers and materials to save the fens, the North bank of the Brandon and the South bank of Stoke, which saved the East bank of the Ouse - it cost him £103. 12s. but the Board allowed him only £4. 10s. 3d - for the balance.

Well, Elm, Wisbech &c  S/B/SP/1924  undated

Contents:
The Corporation's order to open or widen the three arches under the sluice bridge from Upwell to Welney for the boates to pass that way instead of by Well Creek, will damage the banks dangerously, will cause the choking up of the Nene and ruin the town of Wells.

Wrathall, Guibon, of Stowbrinck  S/B/SP/1925  undated

Contents:
For £40 owing to late father, Francis Wrathall, sluice keeper at Downham.

Cottenham inhabitants  S/B/SP/1926  undated

Contents:
For repair of banks, the state of which threatens some 1,000 acres of their commons.

Bottisham, the Swaffhams and Burwell  S/B/SP/1927  undated

Contents:
The sluice gates at Swaffham have been down and carried away for 2 years: the Corporation banks are very ruinous and the sluice gates at Reach Lode are greatly decayed.

Underwood, William, of Somersham  S/B/SP/1928  undated

Contents:
For leave to cut the bank and make a small sluice for waters from his land to run into Hammond's Eau.

Upwell, Outwell and Welney  S/B/SP/1929  undated

Contents:
For the sluice keeper at Salter's Lode to let up water as the Nene and Well Creek are entirely dry.

Hibbard, Robert, sluice keeper at Salter's Lode  S/B/SP/1930  undated

Contents:
For leave to draw beer, as his predecessor, Reynolds did and to lower his salary to that of Reynolds.

Sutton, Mepal &c  S/B/SP/1931  undated

Contents:
That the 40 Foot bank and Black bank be repaired.

Ely fens  S/B/SP/1932  undated

Contents:
That the east bank of the Ouse and several tunnels under it may be repaired.

Owen, Love, of Mepal, victualler  S/B/SP/1933  after 1755

Contents:
For a 21 year lease of lands granted to his late father, Mathew, and the fishing rights from Mepal Bridge to Sutton Gravel - he to pay £7. 7s. pa.

Ely, Downham &c  S/B/SP/1934  undated

Contents:
Mills erects by Cole, Leaford and others are doing great damage to other inhabitants: that either there may be no mills, or every one may have one.

Crawford, John, agent of Thomas Orby Hunter, esq, of Burton Pedwardine, Lincs  S/B/SP/1935  undated

Contents:
Protecting against the scheme to drain the Duke of Bedford's estate in the North Level at the expense of all the rest of the Level and owners therein.

Earith, Bluntisham &c  S/B/SP/1936  undated

Contents:
Protesting against the draining over the ancient 20 foot drain at Welney which would overcharge the Old Bedford River: ask that the 20 foot may remain as first laid out.

Woodwalton, the Saltrees and Conington, Hunts  S/B/SP/1937  undated

Contents:
That Monk's Lode may be scoured out.

Sutton, Mepal &c  S/B/SP/1938  undated

Contents:
That their Commissioners may have leave to make and erect engines upon the Black bank for the repairing of banks as allowed by Act of Parliament.

Mildenhall  S/B/SP/1939  undated

Contents:
Dissenting from a petition (? S/B/SP/1938) for draining 25,000 acres or more between Brandon and Mildenhall.

Kings Lynn, Mayor and others  S/B/SP/1940  undated

Contents:
30 miles of river from Stanground sluice to Salters Lode had become dry and useless for navigation: for a competent sum of money for restoring navigation.

Littleport  S/B/SP/1941  undated

Contents:
For a clow to be made through the 100 foot bank near Clarke's Boot.

Howard, John, and Thomas Bullis, of Ely  S/B/SP/1942  Undated

Contents:
For an allowance for 10,000 loads of gault taken from their land.

Taylor, Matthew  S/B/SP/1943  Undated

Contents:
For a tunnel near Ugmere into the Nene across Ramsey drove - for Bill Lode to be scoured.

Letten, William  S/B/SP/1944  Undated

Contents:
Bought 7 acres of land for 40s. paid to John Mingay, asks to have his money back as he has been unable to enjoy the land.

Burnt Fen and Whelpmore  S/B/SP/1945  Undated

Contents:
Have lost over £1,000 by back waters coming down 3 drains: ask for a drain 14 foot wide and 5 foot deep with a bank 3 foot high may be made on the west side, that the 2 tunnels be stopped up, St John's Eau opened and the droveway be replaced.

St Ives watermen  S/B/SP/1946  Undated

Contents:
Coal and salt carriers their navigation obstructed by a bridge made by Henry Foster of Sutton: for a free passage - (to Edward Earl of Manchester).

Middle Level occupiers  S/B/SP/1947  Undated

Contents:
Owing to the negligence of Thomas Underwood, director of their Division, their lands are in bad condition: for his removal.

Upwell, Outwell and Welney  S/B/SP/1948  Undated

Contents:
Suffering from drought, that 3 tides may be let in through Salter's Lode sluice and at the Old Bedford doors.

Overall, Francis, of Ramsey  S/B/SP/1949  Undated

Contents:
Fined £50 for cutting the 40 foot bank and using the earth thereof for his own purposes; did so unknowingly and has suffered great loss through the late fire at Ramsey: to be relieved of the fine and will try to repair the bank.

Methwold & Northwold  S/B/SP/1950  Undated

Contents:
To have the remaining part of the lode between their 2 towns scoured.

Burnt Fen, Whelpmoor, &c  S/B/SP/1951  Undated

Contents:
To have the tract between Mildenhall, the Ouse and the Brandon rivers drained.

Marshall, Margaret, widow of Dr Nathaniel Marshall  S/B/SP/1952  Undated

Contents:
Her estate of 20 acres at Welney was put up and sold for 17s. 2d. to Thomas Hardly, because her tax was late for no fault of hers, Thomas Hardly wants £100 for the land - for relief.

Hardley, Thomas  S/B/SP/1953  Undated

Contents:
Suggestions for an easier way of coping with a breach in banks in time of flood.

Ashwell, Thomas  S/B/SP/1954  Undated

Contents:
Seeking full payment for his surveying 700 acres Adventures' lands in Whelpmoor and drawing a map, only 50s. of the £5 due yet being paid.

Peyton, Sewster and Oldfell, John  S/B/SP/1955  Undated

Contents:
Banks of Moor Drain and March River need to be built up to protect Corporation land (1300 acres).

Owners and holders of Littleport level  S/B/SP/1956  Undated

Contents:
Need protection from the 100ft river by scouring for a width of 12 feet and making a tunnel at Denver.

Inhabitants of Ely St Mary  S/B/SP/1957  Undated

Contents:
Suffering from rain and other casual accidents of water in Middle Fen shore and Burnt Fen, for tunnels to carry away the water.

Bundle 'B'  [no ref.]  undated

Burnt Fen Commissioners  S/B/SP/1958  undated

Contents:
Banks much worn in spite of large sums paid out for repair. Estimate £300 to complete and ask the Board for help.

Lakenheath  S/B/SP/1959  undated

Contents:
For money to clear their lode, which is blocked up.

Thetford  S/B/SP/1960  undated

Contents:
Cambridge waters inundate Goldsmore Bank; have spent over £80 on engines though it is the Board's liability: banks to be mended.

Haddenham and Wilburton  S/B/SP/1961  9th April 1726

Contents:
For bank at Earith to be raised - the Board's project to turn the 100ft waters to Stretham, Ely &c would ruin their lands.

Neale Thomas  S/B/SP/1962  undated

Contents:
For £5. 17s. expended on 30 foot bank between Welches Dam and Horse Way.

Upwell & Outwell  S/B/SP/1963  undated

Contents:
Thousands of acres of their lands have been under water for most of the winter: protest against the opening of the sluice in the 20ft drain near Welches Dam - the waters should run off by Bedford river and so to the Ouse.

Stretham & South Level  S/B/SP/1964  c 1745

Contents:
Their lands and commons are 4-5 feet under water: John Leaford's scheme for stopping the tides and 100 foot waters out of the south level would give great relief.

Hare, St Ralph, for others  S/B/SP/1965  undated

Contents:
To have the 12 foot drain ditched and scoured.

Downham Market  S/B/SP/1966  undated

Contents:
To prevent William Cole's cattle trespassing and treading down the Tongs Wash banks.

Lightermen and other Navigators of King's Lynn  S/B/SP/1967  undated

Contents:
Suggest proper sluices to be fixed at Denver Dam, to keep the tides and 100 foot waters out of the south level, St John's Eau to be scoured and fen sluices fixed in its upper end to make navigation certain.

Gunthorpe, Thomas  S/B/SP/1968  [1694]

Contents:
Was apointed by Ralph Pierson Esq, and others to manage the sluice at the corner of the bank near the sea, at a salary of £10 pa. 2/3 to be paid by the Board and 1/3 by the "country". Asks for arrears £13. 6s. 8d. being the Board's share for 2 years.

Haddenham, Sutton &c  S/B/SP/1969  undated

Contents:
For a sum of money to be laid out to repair the 100 Foot bank from the Hermitage to Sutton Gault pits.

Middle Level, upper part, owners &c  S/B/SP/1970  undated

Contents:
For John Shukar to be appointed Director of the upper part of the Middle Level.

Burnt Fent Commissioners  S/B/SP/1971  undated

Contents:
Need more Acting Commissioners and suggest that Board should sell their invested lands in lots to stimulate interest in the draining of the district.

The Saltrees, Woodwalton, Conington &c  S/B/SP/1972  undated

Contents:
For the scouring of Monk's Lode in Holm [Sawtry on label].

Whittlesea North fen  S/B/SP/1973  undated

Contents:
To be exempt from toll on the North Bank, which is their ancient way to their lands.

Whittlesea 5th division  S/B/SP/1974  undated

Contents:
For leave to set posts in Whittlsea dyke to prevent boats from damaging banks.

Welney Churchwardens, &c  S/B/SP/1975  8th April 1730

Contents:
To grant money for the floors of earth cut out of lands belonging to the poor of Welney.

Adventurers' Lands owners  S/B/SP/1976  undated

Contents:
Remonstrate with the Board for not allowing them to vote for new Officers and on amount of taxation to be levied, as is their right. Also object to Court being held in London instead of Ely - insist on their rights.

Middle Level  S/B/SP/1977  undated

Contents:
Owners of land between the 16 Foot and Bedford banks and from the 40 Foot bank to Salters Lode. Some cuts have been made in the 40 Foot and 16 Foot bank to make a tunnel and this has drowned their lands and caused loss of crops and cattle: the Board to restrain such cutting, and the lands on the other side of the banks to send their waters to Popham's Eau.

Bluntisham, Earith & Colne  S/B/SP/1978  undated

Contents:
For repair of Cranebrook drain and Counter wash.

Peterborough, Whittlesea  S/B/SP/1979  undated

Contents:
For the scouring of Whittlesea Dyke which is filled up and prevents navigation.

Stoke Ferry, Wretton, &c  S/B/SP/1980  undated

Contents:
North bank of river Wissey is entirely fallen away and Roxham drain and St John's Eau silted up; would repair themselves if an Act of Parliament would authorise them.

Lakenheath  S/B/SP/1981  undated

Contents:
For money to help them keep banks in repair which are damaged by constant haling.

Haddenham  S/B/SP/1982  undated

Contents:
West bank of Ouse out of repair, for £20 if petitioners advance the same sum.

Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/1983  18th May 1776

Contents:
Part of the demesne lands of the Manor of Sutton, belonging to the Dean & Chapter of Ely, leased to Abraham Spooners Esq, of Birmingham and in occupation of Joseph Vipan: protesting against the stopping up of Ware Dyke.

Upwell, Outwell &c Commissioners  S/B/SP/1984  undated

Contents:
For money to heighten and strengthen the North bank of Old Bedford river, much damaged by winter's flood.

Waterbeach Commissioners  S/B/SP/1985  undated

Contents:
For £30 to repair banks against Waterbeach Level and will raise same amount themselves.

Haddenham Commissioners  S/B/SP/1986  18th February 1760

Contents:
Edward Bishop at Stretham Ferry has made a solid bank or dam across the Ouse and filled in the gap with his boat, thus obstructing the flow of water: for the bank to be removed.

Downham  S/B/SP/1987  undated

Contents:
Against the dam near the sluice at Welsmore Lake.

Truman, Thomas, Esq, of Glatton with Holme  S/B/SP/1988  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a bridge at his own expense across the river Nene opposite Ramsey Burne.

Middle Level Lower part  S/B/SP/1989  undated

Contents:
Suggest that someone living near the brink of the river would be the best person to control the Ebb doors.

Upwell, Outwell, &c  S/B/SP/1990  undated

Contents:
Have laid out £50 on the better draining of the land for the last 2 years, scouring out part of the 16 Foot drain and repairing north bank of the Old Bedford river, but need more money to make it secure.

Great Level, owners &c  S/B/SP/1991  undated

Contents:
Have spent over £100 in draining the 16 Foot and Popham's Eau, but the latter still needs scouring from the lower part of the 16 foot drain to Well Creek at Nordclyst corner.

North bank of Old Bedford  S/B/SP/1992  undated

Contents:
To prevent a breach in the Great bank of the Wash a perfect and open outfall should be kept at the bottom of the Great Wash.

Read, William, officer of Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/1993  undated

Contents:
For many years Waterbeach has supported both banks of the Grant and Ouse at their own expense, but can do no more and need £25 and will advance the same if the Corporation does its part.

Ely Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1994  undated

Contents:
For money to rode and cut the weeds in the Mildenhall and Clipsall rivers.

Ely Middle Fen  S/B/SP/1995  undated

Contents:
For money to rode and cut the weeds in the Mildenhall and Clipsall rivers. (present by Mr Drage).

Haddenham Commissioners  S/B/SP/1996  undated

Contents:
For money to repair the Great South bank of the New Bedford river - about 6 furlongs from Benjamin Vipan's house to Mepal Gault pits.

Wisbech merchants  S/B/SP/1997  undated

Contents:
An ancient leam for carrying the waters from the Nene by Elm into Wisbech river is now blocked and obstructs navigation: for leave to open the leam and to make a cut from Wisbech river to Outwell.

Sutton, Mepal, &c  S/B/SP/1998  undated

Contents:
That the 30 foot be scoured and embanked and not the 40 foot, that a tunnel be made under the 30 Foot from the 40 Foot into the 16 foot; that the waters from the upper level may have a free course to Popham's Eau; that the 16 Foot be scoured out 20 foot wide to Popham's Eau and another tunnel by made under the 30 Foot into the 20 Foot.

Swaffham Prior & Burwell  S/B/SP/1999  undated

Contents:
They have spent £50 + £50 allotted by the Board in repairing Reach sluice and the east bank of the Grant from Reach sluice to Swaffham sluice, but need another £50 of which they will pay £25 if Board does same.

Littleport  S/B/SP/2000  April 1740

Contents:
The Board to order an 18 foot drain to be cut from... the ditch between Towers Crouchmoore lot 19 and Sir Miles Sandys lot 7, to give the water a fall into Modney drain and to order that Littleport Clow be kept shut.

Feltwell Commissioner  S/B/SP/2001  undated

Contents:
Could advance only £25 of the £100 allotted: ask for the remaining £75 to be allotted this year to repair the north bank of Brandon, if they lay out the same.

Feltwell Commissioners  S/B/SP/2002  undated

Contents:
For an officer to survey the ditches of the Invested Lands and to scour out the same.

Swaffham &c Commissioners  S/B/SP/2003  undated

Contents:
For repair of the sluice at Swaffham Lode.

Ramsey, Farcett, &c  S/B/SP/2004  undated

Contents:
The banks belonging to Middlemoore district from Ponders bridge to Whittlesea Mere and the Nene are in need of repair and are the Board's responsibility.

Upwell, Outwell & Welney  S/B/SP/2005  11th April 1726

Contents:
River Nene insufficiently imbanked on both sides; that Well creek may be scoured and a proper stop to prevent the water from Morton's Leam from running through Horseway Bridge: that Bedford bank and 16 Foot bank be repaired and that the tunnel under the 40 Foot be taken up.

Cole, William, gentleman  S/B/SP/2006  undated

Contents:
That from the money allotted for the south bank of Stoke river, £10 may be for the support of Norwold Level as usual.

Goodrich, Matthew  S/B/SP/2007  undated

Contents:
On behalf of Mrs Wright, widow, of Stepney, Middlesex: The Board to appoint someone to measure and value her lands in Stockwell cum Wilton, Norfolk, for repairing of North bank of Brandon.

Middle Level  S/B/SP/2008  undated

Contents:
A breach in Lord St John's bank and Langman's Ferry and the upper part of the same continue in very bad condition.

Whittlesea  S/B/SP/2009  undated

Contents:
Proposed to use a grant of £120 for bringing fresh water to the town.

Parthericke, Edward, Esq  S/B/SP/2010  undated

Contents:
For payment for earth taken from his land in Willowmere, Littleport for repairing the bank between Littleport Ferry and the Chain.

Littleport  S/B/SP/2011  undated

Contents:
Acknowledge the benefit of the scouring of Welney river and would like more to be done.

Littleport Level, lower part  S/B/SP/2012  undated

Contents:
For the rest of Ware Dyke from Reads Fen corner to Denver and there to set a tunnel through the south bank.

Fordham & Denver  S/B/SP/2013  undated

Contents:
That the tunnel under the Hilgay river should not run except when the 24 Foot drain can take the water, or that it be taken up.

Hilgay, Southery, &c, in South Level  S/B/SP/2014  undated

Contents:
For the water-way to be enlarged at Denver Dam.

Ely Cathedral, Lay Clerks  S/B/SP/2015  undated

Contents:
Their lands in Coveney Wash have been damaged by the cutting of 6 acres to repair the banks and their rents have fallen from £25 pa to £18 pa: for compensation.

Manea  S/B/SP/2016  undated

Contents:
The inhabitants of Chatteris and others want to take up the sluice at Welches Dam, but this would flood Manea's land: Chatteris should be drained as hitherto by the Old Bedford river.

Upwell & Welney Commissioners  S/B/SP/2017  undated

Contents:
North bank of Old Bedford river between Welney and Salter's Lode in very ruinous condition and they have spent much money in repairing, want more money from Board to repair.

Peterborough, Eye, &c  S/B/SP/2018  undated

Contents:
Thorney Fen dyke needs scouring and cleansing.

Chatteris, Sutton, &c  S/B/SP/2019  undated

Contents:
That Mr Lawrence Blatt may not be allowed to make a tunnel to take water out of Cranbrooke in Coppin Corner fen, as it will damage their lands.

Byam, Abraham  S/B/SP/2020  undated


Related information: See also S/B/SP/1896

Contents:
"Entertained" the Corporation for 3 days at the White Hart Inn, Ely, at their meeting in April 1738. His bill, including stabling, was £50. 12s. 9d: he was offered £48 which he refused: later he asked for some part of the bill to be paid and received £42 - asks for the remaining £8. 12s. 9d.

Waterbeach Commissioners  S/B/SP/2021  undated

Contents:
Acknowledge £25 for repair of west part of the Great Bank of the Grant, but have spent so much of their own money by their mill-tax that they cannot do any more without a renewal of the grant.

North Level owners  S/B/SP/2022  undated

Contents:
Petition to Parliament to bring in a Bill for the better draining of the North Level by a new outfall to the sea.

Feltwell 2nd district  S/B/SP/2023  undated

Contents:
Have obtained an Act of Parliament for the better draining of their lands: £5,000 have been raised and spent on this, but need money from the Board to complete.

Thetford inhabitants  S/B/SP/2024  undated

Contents:
Have spent much in repairs from West river to the Hard Lands and have set up an engine, but money and work will be lost if the Corporation does not repair the East side of the fen.

Coveney inhabitants  S/B/SP/2025  undated

Contents:
Lands 4-5 feet under water which cannot drain off under 2 or 3 years. Suggest stopping the 100ft waters and tides out of South Level at Denver dam, scouring St John's Eau and putting a pen sluice there.

Lakenheath  S/B/SP/2026  undated

Contents:
That the new river and other drains of the Corporation be scoured out and cleaned.

March, Wimblington, Upwell, &c  S/B/SP/2027  undated

Contents:
About 9 miles of the 16ft drain need scouring out and for a tunnel across the 40ft bank into said drain.

Squire, Thomas, merchant of Thrapston  S/B/SP/2028  3rd April 1742

Contents:
Has for several years had 2 or 3 gangs of lighters for the carriage of corn etc to and from Thrapston, Oundle, Lynn, Cambridge etc, on the river Nene and other rivers. That although the Corporation has ordered the sluice at Stanground to be run 2-3 days a week, the sluice keeper, Johnathon Phillips, refuses to open it unless the men pay 5s.-8s. at his "house" - he has spent over £200 in this way and asks for the sluice keeper to be removed. With affidavit of Thomas Squire and William Hanson, Master of one of his gangs.

Haddenham, Wilburton, Sutton & Stretham  S/B/SP/2029  10th April 1728

Contents:
In April 1727 the Court ordered £40 to be laid out on North bank of the Old river Ouse from the Hermitage to Stretham Ferry and for scouring drain from Sutton ditch to Aldreth High Bridge. If petitioners raised £80 it should be repaid in November 1728 and November 1729, but a further sum is needed.

Middle Fen  S/B/SP/2030  1764

Contents:
That the Board will prosecute such persons as are draining other lands than they lawfully may, by use of 16 large mills - which destroy their pastures. Whitsun 1764

Lecount, Stephen - (late officer for North Level)  S/B/SP/2031  undated

Contents:
For £478 12s 9¼d due to him for working on a second breach of North bank of Moreton's Leam when the officer of that division was attending a meeting at Ely - this employed him day and night for a month.

Hilgay owners  S/B/SP/2032  undated

Contents:
For repair of bank on South side of Hilgay Earith and Stoke river and the banks of Sam's Cut from Modney Bridge to Hunt's Sluice.

Thursby, J H, and others  S/B/SP/2033  undated

Contents:
To improve and restore navigation on the Ouse, Cam, Grant, Mildenhall, Nene and others they suggest: (1) that the river from Salter's Lode to Stanground sluice be scoured, (2) a pen sluice be erected at Aslin's Gravel, (3) another pen sluice at Wells, (4) the ebb doors at Salter's Lode be repaired, (5) the keeper at Stanground sluice to supply the river with water at all times without expense to the watermen.

Great Level owners  S/B/SP/2034 (a)  undated

Contents:
Petition to Parliament to be heard against a Bill.

Sutton, Mepal, Chatteris and Manea, inhabitants  S/B/SP/2034 (b)  undated

Contents:
Against the proposed tunnel of Lawrence Blatt out of Cran brook in Coppyn Corner. (Many signatures)

Wood Walton, Saltrees, Conington, etc., inhabitants  S/B/SP/2034 (c)  undated

Contents:
Request the New Dyke from Holm Dole to Monks Lode be scoured out.

Bundle 'C'  [no ref.]  undated

Somersham with the Soake  S/B/SP/2035  undated

Contents:
Protesting against a new work on the old dam at Denver, but if such work is done, the taxes from the Middle Level be spent on securing the banks against the great quantities of water which will be thrown upon them.

Southery  S/B/SP/2036  undated

Contents:
The New Fen drain for about 520 poles needs scouring: cost estimated at £26.

Burwell & Swaffham  S/B/SP/2037  undated

Contents:
The sluice at Upware and banks need repair.

South & Middle levels  S/B/SP/2038  undated

Contents:
The sluice at Wellmore Lake should be speedily rebuilt: a larger waterway than the lake and more sluices and tunnels through and under the wash may be necessary.

Brownlow, Lord  S/B/SP/2039  13th April 1795

Contents:
His lands called Drysides in Stanground parish and Whittlesea: he and other tenants being very short of water, a tunnel was made in the South bank of Morton's Leam near the estate of Mr Lawrence who has lately claimed the sole use of it and refuses to abide by a plan drawn up by Mr Hare of Castor.

Officers of Corporation  S/B/SP/2040  undated

Contents:
Cannot get their money for work done from the Corporation Receiver, John Waddington, Esq.

Trustees of Cambridge, Ely & Littleport turnpike (together with Commissioners, etc of lands in Burnt Fen)  S/B/SP/2041  c. 1770

Contents:
For support of the Corporation in carrying a Bill through the House for extending the road from Ely to Littleport through Burnt Fen & Feltwell district to Southery, Fordham Hilgay and Denver to Downham, which will need 2 bridges, one over the Ouse below Littleport near Scotson's Ferry, and one over Ouse parva near Brandon Creek.

South Level  S/B/SP/2042  21st November 1760

Contents:
For support of Corporation in a Bill to drain their lands together with the lands between Brandon river and Sam's Cut --

Whittlesea  S/B/SP/2043  undated

Contents:
For the Counterbank drain to be scoured.

40ft river, owners (from Carters Bridge to Horseway)  S/B/SP/2044  undated

Contents:
For money to gravel the 40ft bank.

Burnt Fen Commissioners  S/B/SP/2045  undated

Contents:
For the present years draining tax and arrears be paid to their receive: complain of waters let into their lands from adjacent districts.

Upwell & Welney Commissioners  S/B/SP/2046  undated

Contents:
North bank of Old Bedford river cannot protect their lands: for 2 old and useless sluices to be taken up.

Adamson, Christopher, gentelman  S/B/SP/2047  undated

Contents:
That the £70 saved from salaries by laid out in repairing the banks of Sam's Cut by James Sallam, new officer of works.

Denver & Fordham  S/B/SP/2048  undated

Contents:
For a grant for repair of 24ft banks and part of Roxham drain.

Manea Commissioners  S/B/SP/2049  undated

Contents:
For grant for repairing North bank of Old Bedford river from Welches Dam to Welney and the 30ft bank.

Soham, Ely and Isleham  S/B/SP/2050  undated

Contents:
Banks greatly injured by floods and high winds for a grant to help mend them.

Cunnington, Saltree, Glatton &c, Hunts  S/B/SP/2051  undated

Contents:
The Nene and Bevills river are so much landed up and out of repair that the waters from the high lands over run them.

Wisbech St Peter's  S/B/SP/2052  undated

Contents:
Wish to repair and widen the road from Chatteris Ferry --- to Wisbech St peter's which will be carried over several of the Corporation bridges: for Corporation support for an Act of Parliament.

Barraway, Soham  S/B/SP/2053  undated

Contents:
For repair of a bridge across Soham Lode which is in dangerous condition.

Hilgay Commissioners  S/B/SP/2054  undated

Contents:
In 1792 they spent £700 in repairing a breach in the bank but a second breach has been made and they have not the money to repair it.

Swaffham Prior and Bulbeck  S/B/SP/2055  undated

Contents:
For leave to lay 2 tunnels through East bank of the Grant at their own expense.

Waterbeach & Stretham Commissioners  S/B/SP/2056  undated

Contents:
Floods and high winds have damaged their banks, but they cannot meet expense of repair - for help.

Lakenheath & Brandon  S/B/SP/2057  undated

Contents:
The great floods in the winter have broken and carried away the banks and they have no money left to repair them.

Chatteris  S/B/SP/2058  undated

Contents:
The Board's officers have taken earth for many years to repair banks and no compensation has been given.

Mildenhall Commissioners  S/B/SP/2059  undated

Contents:
The severe winter and great floods have made many breaches in the banks which they have no means to repair [Note, £30 granted].

Middle & South Levels  S/B/SP/2060  undated

Contents:
For help with expenses of getting a Bill through Parliament to make a cut from eau Brink to Lynn on the recommendation of Sir Thomas Hyde Page & Robert Mylne Esq, engineers. £300 granted.

Whittlesea, Ramsey, &c  S/B/SP/2061  undated

Contents:
For immediate removal of the 2 dams over the Delfe dyke, which are doing much damage.

Wicken inhabitants  S/B/SP/2062  undated

Contents:
For the 100ft waters and tides to be stopped out of the South Level at Denver dam, to scour St John's Eau and put a pen sluice at the upper end of it.

Methwold & Feltwell  S/B/SP/2063  undated

Contents:
Sam's cut is overgrown and out of repair.

Burnt Fent, Ely & Littleport  S/B/SP/2064  undated

Contents:
For the ferry boat of the Corporation at Mildenhall drove and drain to be restored: was used until 1742.

Commissioners of 100ft river and Ouse  S/B/SP/2065  undated

Contents:
The South bank of the 100ft river, "the great bulwark of the whole South level" is very weak, especially where it broke last winter and in 1748, causing a loss of £40,000 to the inhabitants - for help after the report of Mr Dunthorne the Superintendent General.

Cottenham  S/B/SP/2066  undated

Contents:
Have spent £16 for boats and watermen to repair and stop the gulls in the South bank of the Ouse which protects their common.

Middle Level  S/B/SP/2067  undated

Contents:
That the tunnel out of the 20ft under the 40ft may be stopped up.

Commissioners of Sutton & Mepal  S/B/SP/2068  undated

Contents:
For leave to clean and scour Hammond Eau, at their own expense, to use as mill drains.

Ramsey, Upwood  S/B/SP/2069  undated

Contents:
For leave to raise the drove from the outring bank of Uggmere Coat Farm to the outring dyke of Upwood field and Biggen grounds, at their own expense.

Waterbeach Commissioners  S/B/SP/2070  undated

Contents:
Have spent £400 on the banks of Waterbeach Level but now need more help.

Whittlesea  S/B/SP/2071  undated

Contents:
For the dams across the Counter drain to be taken up and the drain to be scoured and deepened and the earth from it to be laid on the North side of it.

Sutton, Manea & Upwell  S/B/SP/2072  undated

Contents:
For leave to repair the North bank of Old Bedford river and other banks.

Canham, John, and other owners in Southery  S/B/SP/2073  undated

Contents:
Southery ferry sluice drain needs scouring for about 4 furlongs at cost of £18 which they will advance.

Downham  S/B/SP/2074  undated

Contents:
For repair of Fodder Fen bridge and Westmoor bridge lying over Grunty Fen drain.

Cottenham Commissioners  S/B/SP/2075  undated

Contents:
The South bank of the Ouse against Cheer Fen, a large common, is so much worn down that it does not keep the waters from the common where large herds of cattle feed - their owners have been obliged to sell them for lack of pasture. For help in repairing the bank.

Methwold  S/B/SP/2076  undated

Contents:
The South bank of Stoke river is ruinous, as they have had no grant for several years - for £25 to repair it and they will advance the same sum.

Upwell & Outwell  S/B/SP/2077  undated

Contents:
For help to repair the banks of the 16ft drain which are worn down and suggest that the lower end of the Bank next Popham's Eau should be strengthened.

Swaffhams & Bottisham  S/B/SP/2078  undated

Contents:
For £40 to enable them to cut weeds and road the main rivers twice in the summer - as formerly.

Haddenham  S/B/SP/2079  undated

Contents:
Their banks so gulled and lashed by the floods that it will cost more than £200 to mend them: the Ouse has not been roded or cleansed of weeds for some years should be done twice in the summer: "for a proper sum".

Cottenham  S/B/SP/2080  undated

Contents:
For their banks to be repaired by the Corporation.

Ely  S/B/SP/2081  8 April 1746

Contents:
For a sluice at Denver.

Whittlesea  S/B/SP/2082  undated

Contents:
Against erecting a new work on the old dam at Denver, unless the remains of the Old Stone dam be removed first - otherwise it will damage the draining and navigation of the whole country.

Waterbeach Commissioners  S/B/SP/2083  undated

Contents:
Parts of West bank of Grant are ruinous, they have spent £10 pa for more than 10 years in repairs and have to apply to Parliament for leave for a further tax - for more pecuniary aid.

March  S/B/SP/2084  undated


Related information: See S/B/SP/2081

Contents:
Same petition as Ely

Upwell, Outwell & Welney  S/B/SP/2085  undated

Contents:
The outfall of the Ouse is being blocked by a wall across it at Denver, being 8-10ft higher than the old one: ask that taxes raised in Middle Level be used there for repairs of the banks.

Doddington, Wimblington & Benwick  S/B/SP/2086  undated

Contents:
Same petition as Ely and March above.

Hursts Grounds, Northey, &c  S/B/SP/2087  undated

Contents:
For the 2 tunnels under the Counter drain made by Ralph Pierson, esq, and Henry Coventrey, esq, be taken up and other obstructions removed.

Methwold  S/B/SP/2088  undated

Contents:
For stopping the 100ft waters and tides out of South Level at Denver sluice, scouring St John's Eau and putting a pen sluice there to help navigation.

Chatter is  S/B/SP/2089  undated


Related information: See S/B/SP/2081, 2084, 2086

Contents:
Same as Ely, March, Doddington etc

Feltwell  S/B/SP/2090  undated

Contents:
North bank of Brandon damaged by great floods; needs £60 to repair; district will advance same sum if Corporation will give £30.

Feltwell  S/B/SP/2091  undated

Contents:
Acknowledges above, but not enough; again will advance whatever sum Board grants.

Upwell Commissioners  S/B/SP/2092  undated

Contents:
For a grant to repair North bank of Old Bedford river, will advance same sum as Board.

Middle Fen Commissioners  S/B/SP/2093  undated

Contents:
Late high floods of Ouse have made several breaches in the Over banks: a breach of 50 yards opposite Soham Mere, have already spent all their money and borrowed more.

Wilkin, Robert, of Burwell, sluice keeper  S/B/SP/2094  undated

Contents:
Asks for his prosecution for cutting and carrying away sedge, may be stayed.

Gunthorpe, Thomas, senior  S/B/SP/2095  1st April 1702

Contents:
An agreement made in 1686 or so by William Colville esq, Richard Robert Swaine and Ralph Pierson esq, for repairing and getting the channel and bank to defend the Great sluice for £60, 1/3 of which to be paid by the country and £20 was duly paid. He was also to keep and repair the same for seven years @ £10 pa of which he was paid 1/3 by the country and at the end of 7 years his salary to be £6 pa and he was paid 1/3 of this till the sluice was blown up. Certified by J Colvile, Robert Swaine (?) and Thomas Edwards.

Commissioners for Fens between Cam, Ouse and Mildenhall rivers  S/B/SP/2096  undated

Contents:
For help in repairing several tunnels through the east bank of Ouse and South bank of Mildenhall.

Welney, Wisbech etc  S/B/SP/2097  undated

Contents:
Have leave from William Greaves Esq, for a road over his washes and ask for leave to make a road and bridge over the 100ft river.

Overall, Francis  S/B/SP/2098  8th June 1760

Contents:
Letter apologising for delay in answering Charles Cole.

Wyldbore, Robert  S/B/SP/2099  undated

Contents:
For leave to make a bridge over Moors drain in March at his own expense.

Upwell and Outwell  S/B/SP/2100  The 16ft bank has become so decayed and low that it is impassable in winter: for the Board to repair

Feltwell Commissioners  S/B/SP/2101  undated

Contents:
Have been at great expense in applying to Parliament, erecting engines and making banks but the bank blew underneath and removed the seat of the bank about 3ft for nearly a furlong and the waters have come in and destroyed the crops. For help to repair this North bank of Brandon river.

Hilgay owners  S/B/SP/2102  undated

Contents:
For help to repair South bank of Stoke river against Great West Fen, will advance a sum equal to that allotted by Board. Also for leave to lay a tunnel through East bank of Ouse to erect an engine mill thereon.

Haddenham Commissioners  S/B/SP/2103  undated

Contents:
For £20 and will advance equal sum for raising and mending the West Bank of Ouse.

Swaffham &c  S/B/SP/2104  undated

Contents:
Their lands so destroyed by water that many have abandoned their farms, to the great loss of tax: they need mills to pump off the water: they have paid large sums in tax for 30-40 years, but nothing has been done for them.

Whittlesea, March, &c of Middle Level  S/B/SP/2105  undated

Contents:
Owing to the late breaches in South bank of Morton's Leam, many 1,000 acres are flooded to a depth of 4-5ft. The great number of enclosures in Northants and Hunts has been sent their waters into these washes - ask for large sum to repair banks and that Golborne, the Board's surveyor should survey banks and order necessary repairs.

Dickins, Daniel  S/B/SP/2106  16th April 1761

Contents:
Has a lease of Rossill Hill for pasture Board bought some of his land for repairing banks and fenced it, but have now taken more land and rendered his pasture no use, as there is no fence. He asks for a fence to be put up to save his cattle from the "precipices" and to prevent other people's cattle from encroaching.

Manea owners &c  S/B/SP/2107  undated

Contents:
For removal of dam put up by Mr Saffery across the 20ft drain.

Peacocke, Orwell, of Witchford, gentleman  S/B/SP/2108  undated

Contents:
For repair of bank and drain of Grunty Fen.

Geldale, Whittlesea  S/B/SP/2109  undated

Contents:
By defect of a tunnel through Horse Croft bank, salt water comes into their pastures; also several dams and roads over the Ware dyke, made by Henry Coventry, will stop flow of water if not removed.

Middle Level, North Part  S/B/SP/2110  undated

Contents:
To cause the spade machine to be used as soon as possible to cut weeds etc in the Nene.

Earle, William, of Bedford  S/B/SP/2111  undated

Contents:
To the Lord High Chancellor of England, Sir Edward Hyde and others: that a Commission of Sewers may be set up for Wisbech (?).

Hockwold, Wilton, &c  S/B/SP/2112  undated

Contents:
Will raise an acre tax to repair the North bank of Brandon river if the Board will allot £60, they will do the same.

Peyton, Thomas Bart  S/B/SP/2113  undated

Contents:
That the water from the Nene into Elm Leam may be stopped by sluices or other means from running into Elm Leam.

Peyton, Thomas Bart, and others  S/B/SP/2114  undated

Contents:
For brick tunnel at end of Elm Leam with a clow therein when the Nene waters override them, and the dams to be taken up.

Downham owners  S/B/SP/2115  undated

Contents:
That the tides may be stopped from flowing up the Ouse.

Wyldbore, Dinah, widow, of March  S/B/SP/2116  undated

Contents:
For a cut to be made instead of opening the Old Leam which is now filled up.

Ramsey, Hunts  S/B/SP/2117  undated

Contents:
To continue the scouring of the 40ft river from Broadalls to Whittlesea Mere.

Commissioners of Upwell &c  S/B/SP/2118  25th April 1767

Contents:
In 1763 and again in 1767 they asked the Board to repair and raise the North bank of Old Bedford river below Welney, but this was not completely done by the Board's officers at the right time though they themselves have paid £72. 9s. 4½d for the work done. They have suffered great loss of crops and ask for as much of the work as possible for the money to be done at once.

Manea Commissioners  S/B/SP/2119  undated

Contents:
For £40 from the Board which the district will match, to strengthen the North bank of the Old Bedford river which is made of very light earth and is too low.

Feltwell Commissioners  S/B/SP/2120  undated

Contents:
That the North bank of Brandon river will be entirely trodden down by horses unless repaired and topped with silt: for £40 from Board which they will match.

100ft wash owners  S/B/SP/2121  undated

Contents:
That the staunches in the Great Ouse be lowered or that the keepers be prevented from keeping up and letting off such large heads of water as to drown the petitioners' lands.

March Commissioners  S/B/SP/2122  undated

Contents:
The 20ft or Moor's drain has not hitherto been used as a drain for lands called the Ring of Waldersea, but lately some [unauthorised?] persons have cut through the banks and made tunnels which have injured March land: for the Board to refuse leave to Waldersea to continue the tunnels.

Bundle 'D'  [no ref.]  1650-1692

Kings Lynn, Mayor, &c  S/B/SP/2123  21st March 1650

Contents:
Petition to Parliament against setting a sluice at Denver, for it will hinder navigation and prevent the tides from scouring out the Ouse above Denver, and other rivers.

Littleport  S/B/SP/2124  6th April 1676

Contents:
For a sluice or tunnel to be placed where the former gull was cut near Welney river.

Gunthorp, Thomas  S/B/SP/2125  6th April 1676

Contents:
18 or 20 years ago, while serving the Corporation, he lost his house through a great flood which carried away the sluice; he was then receiving £10 pa as salary - re-employed by the Corporation at £6 pa, he did not receive this in full and again lost his house, this time by fire, which the Corporation promised to replace, but did not, so he had to rebuild it at his own expense, but this was on Justice Edwards' land who demanded rent. He also reports that the Great sluice at sea needs repair, and they should make a stay of the sea channel - also the vessels lying in the channel do much damage and should be prevented by a chain and posts.

Swavesey  S/B/SP/2126  6th April 1676

Contents:
Repair the sluice near the Ouse after review by Messrs Hammond & Pierson in June 1675: to repair the banks, neither of which promises seem to have been fulfilled, and for a post and rails to be put down to restrain cattle.

Hill, Martin, and Francis Waters of Swaffham Prior  S/B/SP/2127  6th April 1676

Contents:
Damage done to their lands and rights of common by the drain, Fen Lake, not being cleansed.

Barber, Mary, of Denver, widow  S/B/SP/2128  2nd February 1692

Contents:
For the rebuilding of a cart bridge over the 24ft drain; she will maintain it if built - report on back confirming state of bridge dated 5th April 1693.

Bundle 'E'  [no ref.]  undated

Bodger, Abraham, of Littleport  S/B/SP/2129  undated

Contents:
Lost one of his horses by accident when working the spade machine in the 100ft river, value £20. (Notes of decision on back).

Whittlesea  S/B/SP/2130  undated

Contents:
Their lands in Bassingley and Stanald fields have been taken for repair of banks and only £20 per acre offered in exchange and not yet received - for notice to be given in future when land is wanted and a reasonable price offered (long memo on back).

Coveney, William, deceased, representative of  S/B/SP/2131  undated

Contents:
For a lease of the cottage which they built on the Stanground bank granted to William Coveney.

Port, Christopher  S/B/SP/2132  undated

Contents:
For leave to enjoy a cottage on West bank of the Ouse which he built inadvertently without leave of Board.

Dickins, Daniel, of Ely  S/B/SP/2133  undated

Contents:
For extension of lease of a cottage on West Bank of Ouse called Littleport Chair and for leave to build a granary near Littleport bridge.

Tokelove, William  S/B/SP/2134  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage, small barn and stable on Borth bank of Brandon river in Feltwell.

Aveling, William, of Whittlesea  S/B/SP/2135  undated

Contents:
For leave to take down his cottage on South bank of Morton's Leam and to convert the materials to his own use.

Heard, John  S/B/SP/2136  undated

Contents:
For a 21 year lease of a cottage built by him on the 100ft bank near Oxlode.

Loak, Simon, and William Browne, executors  S/B/SP/2137  undated

Contents:
On behalf of 5 children of Nicholas Burton, deceased, of Stanground. Burton did not leave enough to pay his debts and support his children, so they ask the Board to help. The house built by Burton is valued at £40.

Browne, Nathaniel, of Ely  S/B/SP/2138  1681

Contents:
Has married Sarah, widow of Robert Godfrey, late of Denver and sass-keeper of Corporation, and so is possessed of a house on South bank of New Bedford river which has been let to Ralph Pierson, esq, for the Corporation's use @ £3 pa. Sarah looked after sluice for 6 months after her husband's death - 3 years rent is owing to her, 6 months salary to Robert Godfrey and 6 months salary to Sarah.

Bird, James, of Downham  S/B/SP/2139  [n.d.]

Contents:
Leave to repair his cottage on South bank of Bedford river now tenanted by his son-in-law, Wright Scott: to be allowed for repairs or else to take away materials at end of his lease [notes on back].

Brett, Jonas  S/B/SP/2140  20th May 1720

Contents:
For renewal of lease of feed and fishing rights of Downham Eau banks and drain, drain much grown up.

Bodger, John, of Hilgay  S/B/SP/2141  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 10 mile bank, between estates of James Galloway, deceased, and Robert Young.

Parthericke, John, Esq, of Littleport  S/B/SP/2142  undated

Contents:
For leave to lay 2 tunnels in the 10 mile bank to drain his lands into the Ouse.

Page, Jonathon  S/B/SP/2143  undated

Contents:
For lease of a piece of land formerly occuied by John Lamb for 21 years, to build a house on (east bank of Ouse).

Wadmore, William, of Chatteris  S/B/SP/2144  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100ft bank between the Great Mill and the house of William Cox.

Osborne, James, of St Ives, brewer  S/B/SP/2145  undated

Contents:
For the lease for 14 or 21 years of a cottage on the South bank of Oxlode in Downham (2nd application). The bank of the 100ft river slipped in 1792 and damaged the building which he had to repair and 3 years later it happened again, so that in 1800 he raised the ground 4ft and rebuilt the house at his own expense.

Rhodes, Samuel, of March, farmer  S/B/SP/2146  undated

Contents:
For leave to make a bridge at his own expense, over Moor's drain, to connect his lands lying on the North-East and the South-West of the drain.

Cox, Samuel  S/B/SP/2147  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on the 100ft bank.

Wilkin, Robert, sluice keeper at Upware  S/B/SP/2148  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a cottage on Swaffham bank.

Saffery, Edmund, esq  S/B/SP/2149  undated

Contents:
To be allotted a sum for repair of North bank of Old Bedford river near his land. He will advance same sum.

Bates, David  S/B/SP/2150  undated

Contents:
For 21 years lease of a cottage which he has built on Welney bank.

Parthericke, John, esq  S/B/SP/2151  undated

Contents:
That the tunnel in West bank of the Ouse near Joseph Walker's house may be allowed to run, as it supplies his tenants with water for their cattle.

Saffery, Richard, of Downham  S/B/SP/2152  undated

Contents:
His uncle, John Saffery, of Downham, 40 years ago bought a ruined cottage at Salter's Lode, Denver, pulled it down and built a good house there. A month ago Mr Askham of St Ives warned his tenant not to pay rent to Saffery as the lease belonged to him (Askham). To enjoy the house in peace.

Aylesford, Heneage, Earle of, and others  S/B/SP/2153  about 1799

Contents:
The fens between the Grant and high Lands of Wicken, Burwell and Fordham, would be secure if the bank of the Grant were repaired from Clayhithe to Upware sluice which needs repair, as the gates have gone. Nothing has been spent on the district for 30 years except £10 in 1760 for repair of Bank. The Commissioners for Reach have dug up ½ acre of land for which they pay the owner 20s pa. They have bought another 2 acres and have dug up the Common Road which causes great inconvenience to the tenants (maps attached).

Wright, John, MD  S/B/SP/2154  [n.d.]

Contents:
His father had the use of a foot tunnel through Stanground bank to about 80 acres of land in Bradley Fen - this has been stopped up, makes the land very dry and the rent has in consequence dropped from £1 to 10s an acre. For leave to repair the tunnel.

Porter, Grig  S/B/SP/2155  21st April 1786

Contents:
For leave to build a house at bottom of bank of Ouse above Southery Ferry.

Johnson, James, of Mildenhall, Yeoman  S/B/SP/2156  20th April 1791

Contents:
For renewal of lease of a cottage let to his father, Richard, on South side of Mildenhall river, with feed of 20 yards on each side of cottage: his father died 12 years ago and he has himself been in possession since.

Saffery, Richard, of Downham Market  S/B/SP/2157  undated

Contents:
Owns freehold lands lying next the Wash of New Bedford river, and Mr Dingley Askham having a lease of the Wash refuses to scour or maintain the dyke as a fence, to the prejudice of Saffery.

Small, Viner, Esq  S/B/SP/2158  undated

Contents:
For leave to lay a tunnel under Roxham drain to help the mill which he has put up near the Ouse to drain his fens.

Askew, Thomas, of Earith  S/B/SP/2159  undated

Contents:
Rented the fishing of the Old Bedford river from Welches dam to Hill's, 10 acres below Welney for 3 years @ £6 pa, and of the 100ft river from Mepal bridge to Gull below Witcham Gravel for 3 years @ £42 pa, and from the Gull to the Harrisons' Mill for 3 years @ £28 but the fishing has been so bad that he cannot pay so much and asks for relief.

Palmer, Isaac  S/B/SP/2160  [1725]

Contents:
In 1722 he bought 215 acres of Adventures' lands in Holme Fen, and has paid tax on same, but has since found the lands are only 209 acres 2 roods 15 perches so for 3½ years he has paid too much tax by £2. 8s which he askes to be returned - tax paid on actual acreage in future.

Secombe, Samuel, of Ramsey, Hunts  S/B/SP/2161  [n.d.]

Contents:
For leave to fence in the Black bank of the Old Bedford river from Francis Langman's house, to that now tenanted by James Gill the elder, and to build a house there for himself.

Jenyns, Mr  S/B/SP/2162  30th December 1699

Contents:
Particulars of feed and fishing in the Corporation lease to the late Earle of Torrington and Mr Jenyns.

Ouse survey  S/B/SP/2163  2nd November 1727

Contents:
Bill of expenses and travelling charges on a survey of the Ouse by an order of the Corporation.

Dunthorne, Richard  S/B/SP/2164  15th January 1764

Contents:
A report on the Gull in the 100ft bank, asks for a Board to be summoned in hope that the Corporation will give £200 towards expense of taking the gull. To Charles Nalson Cole, Esq, Register to the Corporation.

Luffe, John, of Littleport  S/B/SP/2165  undated

Contents:
For leave to build a warehouse on West bank of Ouse near Littleport Chain to take his goods coming by water from Lynn.

Small, Joseph, Esq, and his tenants  S/B/SP/2166  undated

Contents:
For repair of sluice belonging to May Lode drain, or to allow him to do so and to have for his future use.

Wright, John, Esq, of Woodstone, Huntes  S/B/SP/2167  undated

Contents:
For leave to make a bridge over Whittlesea dyke at his own expense, on West side of dyke.

Addison, Mary (a minor)  S/B/SP/2168  undated

Contents:
Her late father, Roger Addison, built a house on South bank of Moreton Leam, which was of great use to the Corporation in times of flood for housing etc, of workmen repairing banks. The house is the whole substance of Mary and has been let, the rent being paid to her, the feed has also been let, ---- but Thomas Waddington, who hired part of the feed, now demands rent from Thomas Hollyday for the house, depriving Mary of part of her income.

Aveling, William, and John Carrick  S/B/SP/2169  undated


Related information: See S/B/SP/2168

Contents:
Both are owners of houses near Eldernell Toll, and Thomas Waddington who has hired part of the feed on the South bank of Moreton's Leam, demands a whole year's rent of both

Bundle 'I'  [no ref.]  1666-1693 & n.d

Northwell, Ellin  S/B/SP/2170  undated

Contents:
For an all allowance to repair the damage caused to her house and out-buildings by floods. The house stands on the lode near the High Bridge in Ramsey, and the flooding is caused by the embanking of the Holt near Bury.

Mepal, inhabitants of  S/B/SP/2171  undated

Contents:
For the provision of a man and a boat in times of flood to cross the Wash, the cost to be offset by the erection of a chain and the levying of a toll on strangers at the Bridge.

Barnes, Elizabeth, widow  S/B/SP/2172  undated

Contents:
For payment of arrears of the pension granted to her late husband, George Barnes, an officer of the Company, and for payment of a loss incurred in the Company's service concerning work done by Samuel Fortrey.

Littleport, inhabitants of  S/B/SP/2173  undated

Contents:
To remedy the early drowning of their land caused by a new drain from Lakenheath and Wangford hardland.

Bullice, Thomas, bailiff of the Manor of Ely Porta  S/B/SP/2174  undated

Contents:
For 15 years rent of the fishing called Sellows, late Widow Rowles', now held by the Corporation by copy of court roll.

"Reasons why the Mills ought not to be presented by a Jury of Sewers".  S/B/SP/2175  undated

Contents:
An argument showing the benefit to the Levels of the pumping mills [wind mills?]. No signature or ascription.

Vipan, Robert, waterman  S/B/SP/2176  undated

Contents:
For 8 or 10 poles of ground on which to build a house at Sutton Gault so that he can secure his vessels and goods from damage [endorsed in later hand 1666].

Jenyns, Roger, Esq  S/B/SP/2177  1669

Contents:
For payment of 21s. that he gave his tenants in Sutton Meadlands for damage caused by several riotous inhabitants of Sutton.

Swavesey, inhabitants of  S/B/SP/2178  1674

Contents:
To repair the sluice or Sassehead and make a defensive bank on the west side of the drain [not named], and for the corporation to cease their prosecution of some of the inhabitants at the Court of King's Bench.

Young, John, and Henry Knights  S/B/SP/2179  1674

Contents:
For removal of a dam erected over "Dazey" Lode.

Aspland, Thomas, and others  S/B/SP/2180  1674

Contents:
For payment of sums amounting to £2,523. 4s. 9d for work undertaken.

Sutton, inhabitants of  S/B/SP/2181  2nd February 1674/5

Contents:
Recompense for damage caused by bad weather in January 1674/4 to 16 lighters belonging to Thomas Worsly and Marke Turvile.

Worsley, Thomas, and Marke Turvill  S/B/SP/2182  [post 1674]

Contents:
For payment under an order of the Corporation of 4th June 1674 of £793. 11s. owed jointly and severally to the petitioners for repairs to banks in the South Level.

Parrish, William, labourer  S/B/SP/2183  1677

Contents:
Application for employment as ferryman over the Great River near Littleport for a term of 10 years, for leave to build a house on Milbrall Droves End, and that in the event of his death his heirs may inhabit the house for the unexpired portion of the term.

Swavesey, inhabitants of  S/B/SP/2184  1677

Contents:
The Corporation on 24th May 1677 ordered the payment of £15 for the repair of the Sassehead [lock] in Swavesey Bank, now likely to cost £30. Request for payment of extra cost, or for the Corporation to carry out the repair themselves; and plea for indemnification.

Baily, Abraham, and others, tenants in Burrow Great Fen of John, Lord Berkeley, Baron Stratton, to whom the petition is addressed  S/B/SP/2185  1677

Contents:
For the removal of a dam erected by Francis Underwood Esq, at Catts water across the 12 foot drain running between the Severalls and Peterborough Great Common.

Tompson, Thomas, his answer to charges made by Thomas Kirton  S/B/SP/2186  23rd June 1677

Contents:
That he failed to care for and properly operate the sluice gates at Well:

Report by Commissioner Bourn on the tunnels from Welland river to drain Peakirk and Glenton Commons and the tunnels draining lands of Sir John Shaw and Lord Castleton or Lord Bellasis in Borough Great Fen which had flooded  S/B/SP/2187  4th July 1677

Contents:
With contrary report of Henry Tompson and Walter Newborn. Attached: list of Crowland and fen men who had dammed the dykes on Crowland bank at Paules House to stop the flooding in Borough Great Fen, 28th June 1692.

number Not used.  S/B/SP/2188  undated

Bourne, William.  S/B/SP/2189  9th November 1693

Contents:
Report as a result of a Corporation order and a petition by Edward Woodward Esq and other inhabitants of March, on a tunnel made through Horscroft Bank and a drain through Eldernell farm.

Cole, William.  S/B/SP/2190  14th November 1693

Contents:
Letter addressed to John Jenyens at Temple Bar. For an allowance of £10 out of next June's tax to repair the south bank of Stoake [Stoke?] River between Harringar Hill (Horringer in West Suffolk?] and Stoake Bridge.

Bundle of Petitions  [no ref.]  (1686-1739 and n.d.)

Wright, John, Doctor in Physics  S/B/SP/2191  7th April 1686

Contents:
Permission to repair, at his own cost, a foot tunnel through Bradley Fen (parish of Whittlesey).

Byam, Abraham  S/B/SP/2192  April 1722

Contents:
Requesting payment of debt of £9. 1s. 9d.

Lallan, James, late director of the lower part of the South Level  S/B/SP/2193  1726

Contents:
Payment for work carried out on two bridges in Fordham and Denver, damaged by floods in 1725. (Including two detailed bills).

Brown, Anthony  S/B/SP/2194  3rd April 1727

Contents:
Remuneration for opening sluice gates etc in Wisbech.

Yaxley and Farcet (Huntingdonshire) and Whittlesey inhabitants  S/B/SP/2195  pre 1728

Contents:
Details of defective drains and request for improvement.

Landowners at Haddenham Level  S/B/SP/2196  8th June 1739

Contents:
Requesting repair of north bank of Ouse at Aldreth Bridge (parish of Haddenham).

Lakenheath (Suffolk) inhabitants  S/B/SP/2197  9th June 1739

Contents:
For repair of bank called New Fen Bank, which is situated on south side of Brandon River and Lode from Brand hardlands to Cross Water Tunnel.

Landowners in Doddington  S/B/SP/2198  1739

Contents:
Requesting clearance of Darcey Lode.

Owners of land adjoining St John's Eau  S/B/SP/2199  16th April 1794

Contents:
Requesting maintenance of drains and sea doors to avoid flooding of said lands.

Land called the Wash between the Old Bedford and Hundred Foot Rivers from Earith (Huntingdonshire) to the cross Bank near Walter's Lode  S/B/SP/2200  21st April 1795

Contents:
Maintenance to Welmore Lake Sluice to prevent silting up.

Ely landowners  S/B/SP/2201  undated

Contents:
Provision of outfall to prevent flooding of lands on the banks of River Ouse between Harrimere (parish of Soahm) and Prickwillow (parish of Ely).

Wisbech inhabitants  S/B/SP/2202  undated

Contents:
Elm Leam (extending from River Nene by Mary's Dam through to Wisbech River) to be ditched and scoured.

Phillips, Daniel, of Stoke (Ferry) in the county of Norfolk  S/B/SP/2203  undated

Contents:
Requesting that the Governor, Bailiffs and Conservators of the Great Level of the Fens refrain from selling part of his rented land because of non-payment of taxes.

Standley, Peter, Walker, John, Brigham (Clerk), on behalf of themselves and other persons owning lands at Waterbeach Level  S/B/SP/2204  undated

Contents:
Recommending that the above lands be maintained in the dry season, therefore halving the cost.

Owners of lands in Stoke Ferry, Wretton, Wereham, West Dereham, Roxham and Fordham (all in Norfolk)  S/B/SP/2205  undated

Contents:
Draining of lands in the said parishes.

Owners of lands on both sides of Sixteen Foot drain in the Middle Level  S/B/SP/2206  undated

Contents:
Petition to Commissioners for making and clearing Sixteen Foot Drain into Twenty Foot Drain from Popham's Eau to Horseway.

Landowners and farmers of Hilgay (Co of Norfolk)  S/B/SP/2207  undated

Contents:
Maintenance of drains at St John's Eau.

Owners and occupiers of lands lying in the Middle Level on each side of Delph Dyke  S/B/SP/2208  undated

Contents:
Repair and maintenance of drain and Pond's Bridge.

Commissioners of Manea District  S/B/SP/2209  undated

Contents:
Provision of £50 in the following years estimates for repair of Old Bedford and Thirty Foot Drain.

Littleport landowners  S/B/SP/2210  undated

Contents:
Petition for making a dam across River Ouse where Denver Sluice formerly stood; also scouring St John's Eau.

Haddenham and Wilburton landowners  S/B/SP/2211  undated

Contents:
Provision of efficient drainage system.

Upwell and Outwell inhabitants  S/B/SP/2212  undated

Contents:
Repair of sluice at Outwell.

Lakenheath Fen, owners of land adjoining  S/B/SP/2213  undated

Contents:
Cleaning of a drain in Lakenheath Fen to enable water to flow freely.

March and Upwell inhabitants  S/B/SP/2214  undated

Contents:
Repair of bank of River Nene between March and Upwell.

Owners of land lying either side of the Tongs Drains, and between the Old and New Podikes (Norfolk)  S/B/SP/2215  Undated

Contents:
Improvements to banking, building of bridges, and appointment of person to maintain and operate the sluice gates.

Owners and occupiers of fen lands lying on west side of River Ouse in Hilgay and Southery (Norfolk)  S/B/SP/2216  Undated

Contents:
Repair and maintenance of Modrey Drain.

Northwold (Norfolk) landowners and tenants  S/B/SP/2217  Undated

Contents:
Payment to Mr William Cole for maintaining banks around a common used as grazing land.

Littleport landowners  S/B/SP/2218  Undated

Contents:
Flood prevention in Grunty Fen.

Merchants, landowners and traders using the navigation between Ely and Clayhithe (parish of Horningsea).  S/B/SP/2219  Undated

Burnt Fen First District commissioners and landowners  S/B/SP/2220  Undated

Contents:
Additional tax of one shilling per acre on their lands for funds for repairing and draining.

Northwold and Methwold (both Norfolk)  S/B/SP/2221  Undated

Contents:
Repair of breaches in south bank of the Stoke River.

The Holmes, Aldreth (parish of Haddenham) and fens in Wilburton, owners and occupiers  S/B/SP/2222  Undated

Contents:
Damming up of sluice near Aldreth High Bridge and enlarging of tunnel at outlet into River ouse.

Groome, Thomas, waterman, on behalf of himself and others  S/B/SP/2223  Undated

Contents:
Permission to pass through Tong's Sluice with butter boats whilst Well Creek Sluice is being repaired.

Holmes, Robert, of Thorney  S/B/SP/2224  Undated

Contents:
Erection of bridge over South Eau to give access to his lands.

Inhabitants of lands on both sides of Sword Dyke and Delph Dyke, leading from Ponder's Bridge as far as the Oil Mill in Middlemoor (all in the parish of Whittlesey)  S/B/SP/2225  Undated

Contents:
Permission to place sluice gates at the north side of the bridge to relieve Sword Dyke and Delph Dyke.

Commissioners of lands between the Ouse and Mildenhall Rivers  S/B/SP/2226  Undated

Contents:
For payment of £1,500 for repair of east bank of the Ouse in the above area.

Hatley, Thomas  S/B/SP/2227  Undated

Contents:
Requesting inheritance of land which he has lately leased from Corporation, on condition he repairs the banks etc.

Ramsey Berry, Upwood, Holme, Glatton, Stilton, Yaxley, Farcet, Stanground, Whittlesey, Denton, Caldecote (in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire), inhabitants of  S/B/SP/2228  undated

Contents:
Requesting efficient drainage of fen lands lying in the above parishes.

Whittlesey, inhabitants of  S/B/SP/2229  undated

Contents:
Re-opening of waterway from engine on northern side of Ramsey Middlemoor to Staffords Bridge and on to Sword or Delph Dyke near Ponder's Bridge.

Stilton, Yaxley, Farcet, Stanground, Ramsey Marsh, Caldecote, Denton, Glatton, Holmes, Sawtry and Wood Walton (Huntingdonshire) and Whittlesey, inhabitants  S/B/SP/2230  undated

Contents:
Requesting clearance and repair of drains.

Begland, George, to the Queen (Anne?)  S/B/SP/2231  undated

Contents:
Payment of interest assigned to above on loan.

March and towns adjacent, owners and tenants of lands  S/B/SP/2232  undated

Contents:
Requesting scouring of Elm Leam from River Nene to outfall at Wisbech to stop water overflowing their fields and drowning their cattle in great quantities.

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