logo   home menu links credits
Draining and Flooding
Land drainage
Soil drainage
Wells and dams
main image Presmennen Lake, Stenton, East Lothian
Presmennen Lake was formed in 1819 by damming a glacial meltwater channel. Its purpose was purely amenity – as scenery and as an angling facility. Although private, it was open to all.

The lake was stocked with trout from Loch Leven. The Imperial Gazetteer describes the lake and its adjacent woods as '…cut by walks and gemmed with attractions which render them, jointly with the lake, one of the most delightful pieces of close landscape in Scotland.'

In contrast to the draining of waters on agricultural lands, the practice within the grounds of country houses was to create bodies of water where none previously existed.

Resource pack
  1     2     3     4