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Historic irrigation and drainage at Priestley Farm by Joseph Elkington and William Smith

Angela H. Simco, Daniel B. Stephens, Kenneth Calhoun and Deborah A. Stephens
Historic irrigation and drainage at Priestley Farm by Joseph Elkington and William Smith (in Artificial drainage, Bernd Lennartz (editor), Baerbel Tiemeyer (editor), Gerrit de Rooij (editor) and Frantisek Delezal (editor))
Vadose Zone Journal (February 2010) 9 (1): 4-13


During the agricultural revolution, land drainage in England transformed landscapes from wetlands to productive fields and pastures. Two of Great Britain's most famous land drainers, Joseph Elkington and William Smith, 200 years ago separately undertook then pioneering work to improve the land of the Duke of Bedford at Priestley Farm. Based on historical maps, archival information, and aerial photographs, as well as discussions with the current property owner and field reconnaissance of geologic and cultural features, we have identified the exact locations of two drained fields sketched by William Smith in his 1806 publication. The fields are significant in the agricultural history of England because experimental irrigation and drainage conducted there was undertaken, perhaps for the first time, to demonstrate agricultural advances for the national benefit.

ISSN: 1539-1663
Serial Title: Vadose Zone Journal
Serial Volume: 9
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Historic irrigation and drainage at Priestley Farm by Joseph Elkington and William Smith
Title: Artificial drainage
Author(s): Simco, Angela H.Stephens, Daniel B.Calhoun, KennethStephens, Deborah A.
Author(s): Lennartz, Berndeditor
Author(s): Tiemeyer, Baerbeleditor
Author(s): de Rooij, Gerriteditor
Author(s): Delezal, Frantisekeditor
Affiliation: Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Affiliation: Rostock University, Department for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Rostock, Federal Republic of Germany
Pages: 4-13
Published: 201002
Text Language: English
Publisher: Soil Science Society of America, Madison, WI, United States
Meeting name: European Geophysical Union General Assembly
Meeting location: Vienna, AUT, Austria
Meeting date: 20082008
References: 33
Accession Number: 2010-024710
Categories: HydrogeologyEnvironmental geology
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch map
Source Medium: WWW
N52°00'00" - N52°00'00", W00°28'60" - W00°28'60"
Secondary Affiliation: Institute of Agricultural Climate Research, DEU, Federal Republic of GermanyWageningen University, NLD, NetherlandsCzech University of Life Sciences, CZE, Czech Republic
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, Soil Science Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201015
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