Marshland  Norfolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Marshland like this:

FREEBRIDGE-MARSHLAND, a hundred in Norfolk; on the W border of the county, nearly surrounded by the river Ouse and an arm of the sea. It contains sixteen parishes. Acres, 81, 094. Pop. in 1851, 15, 800; in 1861, 14, 435. Houses, 3, 276. The entire surface is low; was reclaimed from the sea; is defended by embankments from inundation; was reclaimed in successive parts, with successive embankments; is intersected by drains and ditches, which are crossed by upwards of 100 bridges; and consists, in large degree, of very fertile land. ...

The earliest embankment is supposed to have been formed by the Romans.

Marshland through time

Marshland is now part of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk district. Click here for graphs and data of how Kings Lynn and West Norfolk has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Marshland itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Marshland in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th January 2022

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