Dunwich was a very important trading and fishing port along the Suffolk coast of England. I say ‘was’ because the bulk of the town, a square mile of it, is now underwater. The coastline here is very sandy, so is highly susceptible to erosion. The town has been falling into the sea since the medieval period.
Historian Dan Snow has helpfully done a little spot on the place that’s worth a watch (it’s a bit old, so the picture quality isn’t great).
It’s been on my to-see list since I first learned of the place a couple of years ago. Liz and I have been bird watching a few times to nearby RSPB Minsmere. It was only after our trip to Minsmere last year that I clocked just how ridiculously close we were to Dunwich.
Our yearly trip to Minsmere happened last weekend, and this time Dunwich didn’t get missed. We had a look around the beach, the Museum, and the remains of the Greyfriars friary.