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Drainage of the fens has been going on since the 17th century in order to make use of the land which otherwise becomes periodically flooded.
The model here depicts an earlier type of pump which uses wind power to turn the sails,this in turn rotates the waterwheel below which lifts the water to a higher level drainage ditch.
The model is based on this old photo which shows the pump in an disused state with no cloth on the sails,this may indicate that it was already abandoned, whether this pump still remains or is lost I'm not sure.
1/16th Scale