Quidenham Mere Norfolk | the Devils Oven and Queen Boadicea
Quidenham Mere Norfolk is famous for its past Hemp production shown in its pollen samples and the local legend that Queen Boadicea's grave is in the ground of the local church.
Quidenham Mere in Norfolk is used by scientists to study the changing landscape of England by using its mud.
The Wilderness, Devils Oven Plantation ...
Quidenham Hall has some of the most imaginative English names for areas in its grounds. From the Wilderness, Devils Oven Plantation to King Edwards Ride.
Does 'the wildnerss' show gEUlogy in action, Electric Universe geology. Why is this area so barren and dead that it is even named on the OS maps as 'the wilderness'? Is it due to the natural energy of the area, its Morphic Field resulting in a dead area? Is this one of the reason why Quidenham Mere is it a result of the formation of Quidenham Mere?
How were the Norfolk Meres formed?
Geology struggles to explain a lot of things in a way that makes sense to what you can see or what logic suggests. The Meres located in Norfolk include the special oval shaped ones. Below is a quote showing the problems that geologists have amongst themselves as to how the Meres of Norfolk were formed.
Quidenham Mere is a small, shallow lake situated in a flat-bottomed embayment, c.11 km northwest of Diss and 5 km east of the River Thet, on the eastern edge of Breckland in south Norfolk (TM 040875). The palaeolimnology of Quidenham Mere is currently being studied by DCH as part of a NERC PhD studentship. It has been suggested that Quidenham Mere and other Breckland meres probably owe their origin to solution of Chalk beneath an overlying till mantle, which collapsed into the hollow formed (Bennett et al., 1990; Peglar, 1993c). Whilst this is a superficially plausible explanation, the dense jointing patterns and low physical strength of the Chalk bedrock limit the scale of solution collapse features (Sparks, 1971). Hollows (dolines) formed primarily by solution of the Chalk are often relatively small features, which are not necessarily associated with contemporary drainage, and usually occur where thin deposits overlie the bedrock (Jones, 1981). Indeed, Breckland is pock-marked by numerous shallow Chalk solution features, such as Ringmere, Langmere and Fowlmere (Jones and Lewis, 1941; Prince, 1962).
The scale, geological setting and geomorphology of the flat-bottomed embayment which contains Quidenham Mere, makes formation by solution and collapse alone seem unlikely. An alternative interpretation might be that this feature was at least partly formed by physical weathering, erosion and transport processes under periglacial conditions within a thermokarst embayment, similar to those described by West (1991) from southern Fenland. This article describes contemporary periglacial backwearing processes and a complex of similar landforms in the vicinity of Quidenham Mere. It considers the genesis of some other Breckland meres, including Diss Mere which is attributed to solution collapse, and ascribes the formation of the Quidenham embayment to thermokarst activity during the Devensian (last cold stage), and other cold stages since the Anglian.
The role of thermokarst and solution in the formation of Quidenham Mere, Norfolk, compared with some other Breckland meres