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  • Cornelius Vermudian (1595-1683)
    Cornelius Vermuyden was commissioned by the Earl of Bedford to drain over 40000 acres of fenland. He was responsible for redirecting most of the fen waters to flow via the River Ouse via King's Lynn instead of the Well Stream via Wisbech.

  • James Rennie (1761-1821)
    James Rennie made improvements on what Cornelius Vermuyden had planed, he was responsible for the new outfalls for the River Nene and River Ouse.

  • Thomas Clarkson (28 Mar 1760-1846)
    Was born at Wisbech and would become the leading abolitionist in the fight to end slavery. He was educated at Cambridge, it is was while he was a student there, that he realised his life work.

  • Octavia Hill   (1838-1912)
    Would become a social reformer concerned with the housing conditions of the poor. Was also one of the co founders of the National Trust.

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  • Hereward the Wake   (11th Century)
    He has the honour of being the last Saxon leader to hold out against William the Conqueror and the Normans. He made his last stand against the Normans at the Isle of Ely in 1071, before fleeing the Norman forces.
    Please see the Famous Cambridgeshire Man and Woman page on the Cambridgeshire Genealogy site for more details.

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  • Joseph Ostler (1827?-1908)
    Left his home, probably at Walsoken by at least 1851 and married his first wife in Halifax in 1851. Emigrated to Victoria in 1857. Married his second wife in 1862 and in 1863 was elected to Moorabbin District Road Board (near Melbourne). In 1868 he embezzled money from this District Road Board and fled to America. He published his first mathematic textbook in San Francisco in 1872. He married again in New Orleans, it being a bigamist marriage. Later he would travel through part of Asia and Europe and Great Britain, before returning to Victoria.
    Please see the Joseph Ostler page on My Ancestry and Family History site for more details.

  • Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)
    Was the son of John Pepys and Margaret Perkins. His uncle and aunty (surname Perkins) lived near Wisbech. In 1661 while staying with other relatives with his uncle in Parson Drove, his uncle's horse was stolen and due to this incident, he described Parson Drove as "a heathen place." In 1672 he was promoted to the Secretaryship of the Admiralty serving until 1680 and again from 1684 to 1689. In 1680 he was imprison in The Tower on charges of being a Papist. He served in parliament for the seat of Castle Rising in 1675 and later Harwich. In 1684 he was elected president of the Royal Society. He lost his position as Secretaryship of the Admiralty and his parliamentary seat in 1690 due to his loyalty to James II. He was also an English diarist who wrote about historical events (especially the court of Charles II) in cipher, his dairy was only deciphered in 1825..

  • Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely - By the Rev. Edward Conybeare, Illustrated by Frederick L. Griggs, Published by Macmillan and Co. Ltd., London, 1923. (originally published 1910)
  • Pears Cyclopedia 2002-2003 - Edited by Dr. Chris Cook, Published by the Penguin Group, 2002. (111th edition)
  • Book of British Villages - Edited by Reader Digest Ass. Ltd., Published by Drive Publications Ltd., 1980.
  • The Encyclopeadia Britannica - Published by Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh, 1875. (Ninth Edition) and 1887 (Tenth Edition)


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