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Dunwich, Suffolk

Dunwich, Suffolk



Dunwich was once a large and prosperous medieval trading port that grew wealthy from international trade and thriving fishing and ship building industries. The first mention of ‘Duneuuic’ is in the Domesday survey of 1086, which suggests it was one of the ten largest towns in England during the 11th century, though since the Norman Conquest the coastline has drastically eroded and most of the town is now covered by the sea.

Over 9 days at the end of July and early August in 2015, Touching the Tide, funded by the Heritage Lottery fund, with ACA excavated four trenches and nine test pits by local volunteers. The trenches and test pits were mainy sited in the wooded area to the east of the Greyfriars, although one test pit was also opened on the edge of the car park. 


The handout from the dig


Click here  to watch the ITV News clip from the Dunwich dig


Local Information Websites

Dunwich Museum

The Dunwich Project Website

The Dunwich Town Trust

National Trust Website on Dunwich

British History Online - The Dominican Friars

British History Online - The Franciscan Friars

Suffolk Heritage Explorer Parish Summary


Projects by Year



Click here to read the full report from the Dunwich excavations