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Coastal erosion: Britains Atlantis and 1000 years of cliff retreat

October 2013

Dunwich was once one of the largest towns in England. However, the majority of the former town is now in ruins beneath the sea due to ongoing cliff retreat

Coastal erosion: Britains Atlantis and 1000 years of cliff retreat

Dunwich was once one of the largest towns in England. It may have been the site of a Roman coastal fort and established itself as an important centre for Christianity. However, the majority of the former town is now in ruins beneath the sea due to ongoing cliff retreat. The underwater ruins have been called Britain’s ‘Atlantis’

In this article, we turn the clocks back to the 11th century to see how the Dunwich coastline has changed over the course of a millennium. This extended history will put coastal erosion into context. Links will be made between both the human and physical geography of the Dunwich coastline.

Hear more about Dunwich from our expert, David Sear from the University of Southampton

In the Members' Area:

  • An historical study
  • Why study the historical town of Dunwich?
  • The growth of Dunwich
  • Research methods
  • Coastal retreat
  • Dunwich's demise
  • Dunwich today

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