The Story of the Mel

In these pages, Bruce Huett tells the story of the Mel, a river in Cambridgeshire. The pages include photographs from Bruce as well as from Iain McPhee and Yvonne Chamberlain, alongside historic images collected by Peter Simmonett of the Melbourn Village History Group, and by the Meldreth Local History Group. We are grateful to each of these for their support and for sharing these images!

Introduction: The Mel over time

Magical waters

The rare appeal of chalk streams

Taming the Mel

Flood, pollution and drought on the Mel

Abundant wildlife

Future care