This small market town
shows how draining the fens with steam-power
in the 19th
century changed the lives of local people.
A pump was brought in to remove the water from Whittlesey Mere, a vast lake.
Although it created land it also drove away wildlife and halted one of Cambridgeshire’s great sports – winter ice-skating!
Nearby Holme Fen is still the lowest point in Britain.