A brief description
To the north of the village lies the old flood plain of the River Witham. This is
now an area of peat; and is known as Washingborough Fen. The peat was formed in the Bronze Age during a period of climatic change. The sea levels rose and the rivers
flooded creating marshes. These marshes eventually became the dark peat that we see today.
The parish rises, to the south, above the river on a bedrock of
limestone, which at times breaks through the topsoil. This area is known as heath land.
Both Fen and Heath are now farmed as either pasture or arable
Results from fieldwalking
Evidence of human activity in the Washingborough area for at least 7000 years.
here settlements during the Bronze Age.
Roman & Medieval people farmed the land, building Villas and Granges nearby.
Fens drained in the Post
Medieval period so that the land could be used for agriculture.