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I n t h e s a m e y e a r a w a t e r w a y 90 c m d e e p , 5 m w i d e a n d 4 k m l o n g w a s e x c a v a t e d t o b y p a s s an u n n a v i g a b l e s e c t i o n of t h e r i v e r , t h e w e i r b e i n g u s e d t o d i v e r t w a t e r i n t o it. T h i s w e i r n o l o n g e r exists b u t a n o t h e r , b u i l t in 1676 as p a r t of a s e v e n t e e n t h c e n t u r y r e c o n s t r u c t i o n of t h e w a t e r w a y , h a s s u r v i v e d . 3 5 Fish ponds T h e g r e a t e s t c o n s u m p t i o n of fish d u r i n g t h e M i d d l e A g e s w a s b y t h e r e l i g i o u s c o m m u n i t i e s .

Note cams on the horizontal axis. 26. Horsmonden hammer pond William C a m d e n observed in the Weald in the 1590s that 'there be furnaces on every side . . to which purpose divers brooks in m a n y places are brought to run in one channel, and sundry meadows t u r n e d into pools and waters, that they might be of p o w e r sufficient to drive h a m m e r mills, which beating u p o n the iron, resounded all over the place adjoining'. C a m d e n also observed that 'a huge deal of w o o d is yearly s p e n t ' .

The criterion for such breaching appears to have been a serious deterioration of fish stock through disease or fouling of the p o n d . The next advance was w h e n the advantages of selective breeding were realised and those with the necessary resources to be able to do so, that is to say the C r o w n , major religious houses and lay magnates, began installing multiple ponds so as to improve their fish stocks. J o h n Taverner 'was the son of Roger Taverner, w h o held the office of Surveyor General of the King's W o o d s south of the Trent; he succeeded his father in that office in 1582; he gave his b o o k 'Certaine Experiments concerning Fish and Fruite' to the world in 1600 and he 4 8 36 EARLY D A M BUILDERS IN BRITAIN died in 1606.

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