Spalding bridge named after 17th century adventurer
Vernatt’s Drain, which forms the boundary between Spalding and Pinchbeck, is named after Philibert Vernatti, one of the adventurers who began the drainage of the fens in the early 17th century.
It was cut between Pode Hole and Surfleet Seas End to help the drainage of what is now agricultural land to the north of Spalding.
The original was vandalised and fell into disrepair until it was restored, principally by Dutch engineers, as part of the Deeping Fen drainage.
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