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‘Roman Bank’ medieval Sea-Wall, Newton, Wisbech

History of the Roman Bank

Notes from Proceedings of the CAS LXVII 1977.

Alison Taylor wrote: The Sea Bank is one of the most noteworthy archaeological monuments in the Fens, marking the seaward limit of land reclamation during the Middle Ages. Originally it consisted of a continuous bank around much of the Wash, built of earth and clay. It was built to protect against high tides and sea-floods. In the 17th century Sir William Dugdale referred to it as ‘Roman Bank’ without there being any evidence for such an early date.

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