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The Wash, Norfolk

Historical Description

Wash, The, the estuary of the rivers Ouse, Nen, Welland, and Witham, in Norfolk and Lincolnshire. It has a width of about 15 miles a short distance below the influxes of the rivers; it contracts thence over a distance of about 15 miles, to a width of 10 miles opposite Hunstanton, and it gradually expands thence over a distance of about 4½ miles to immer-gence in the North Sea. It is greatly choked with sands, or interspersed with large shoals, it includes deeper portions called the Lynn Deeps and the Boston Deeps, it has intricate channels with from 4 to 12 fathoms, buoyed, and since 1850 it has been invaded by an extensive land reclamation, noticed in our article on LYNN.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Norfolk Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers for Norfolk online.


Newspapers and Periodicals

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