Fenland Farm

Windmills were used to drive the pumps that drained the fens for 200 years before being replaced by steam engines at the beginning of the 19th century. A hundred years later the steam engines were replaced by diesel engines, which in turn have been replaced by electric motors. Ironically, the move to generate electricity by wind turbines means the source of energy to drain the fens has, over 400 years, progressed from wind, to coal, to oil, to nuclear power and back to wind.