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The Drainage of Fens and Low Lands : By Gravitation and Steam Power, Paperback / softback Book

The Drainage of Fens and Low Lands : By Gravitation and Steam Power Paperback / softback

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Technology series


A respected hydraulic engineer, William Henry Wheeler (1832-1915) established himself as an authority in the fields of low-lying land reclamation and drainage, embanking, and the improvement of tidal rivers and harbours.

Based on articles written for The Engineer in 1887, he published this more substantial work in 1888 to provide a practical point of reference for those working on existing drainage systems or designing and implementing new schemes.

Drawing on first-hand knowledge of the low-lying fens of England and the polders of Holland, Wheeler describes the processes of drainage by gravitation and steam power.

The book also includes chapters on lifting and draining water using the scoop wheel, the Archimedean screw pump and the centrifugal pump.

Providing also a wealth of operational facts relating to pumping stations in England and abroad, this remains a rich source of information for those interested in the history of civil engineering.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 196 pages, 8 Plates, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of engineering & technology
  • ISBN: 9781108066402

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