However, all this changed in the 13th century when the majority of the city disappeared under the sea. The culprit a high spring tide, which swept into old Dunwich, literally burying it under the sea as well as silting up the harbour. The people of Dunwich fought back and dug out the harbour but over the next hundreds of years Dunwich reduced in size to the present petite village we love and see today.
Dunwich has a village teashop, village inn The Ship Inn, once a haunt
of smugglers and a tiny but interesting museum that gives details of how
Dunwich looked in the old days, including a model representing the town
of the 12th century.
Nearby Dunwich Heath is a wonderful nature reserve with over 200 acres of sandy cliffs, heath and beach. Under two miles away you will find RSPB Minsmere, offering families and keen birdwatchers a great day out. Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to excellent birdwatching hides.
In the grounds of the remaining church at Dunwich there are the ruins of a medieval hospital which looked after people with leprosy. In 1175 the church ordered that lepers were not allowed to live in towns, so isolated hospitals were built to cope with this public health problem.
Also in the churchyard corner is the last buttress of All saints church a 14th century church which closed in 1778. The rest of the church fell over the cliff between 1904 and 1919 but its last buttress was rebuilt here in 1923. The word Dunwich means a port with deep water.
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