Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dunwich & Leiston

First thing today we went to the village of Dunwich.  A very pretty little village with a population of about 100 people.  It is hard to believe but this place in Medieval times was actually a city and the capital of East Anglia.  It had a thriving fishing industry with 40-50 boats, a shipbuilding industry that supplied Richard I with 20 ships when he went to war, merchants from all over the world settled there and it had 12 churches, a fortress and a leper's hospital.  Slowly over the years, the sea claimed the land at a rate of 80 metres per century and now it is a quintessentially English village.  Such a shame.  There is a lovely little museum that tells the whole sorry tale.  Not the best picture, but the gateway to the only existing church in Dunwich.


Then we went onto Leiston Abbey which is just down the road from where we are staying.  We wouldn't have found this except for the Ordnance Survey Map, so glad we bought it.  The Abbey dates back to 1136 and must have been enormous.   Good old Henry VIII sent it into ruins and eventually a farmhouse was built alongside.  The Abbey ruins are now being preserved and you can see the magnificence of it all.  The buildings are managed by a music school and as we were walking around the very peaceful site, we could hear some beautiful music being played through an open window.





Tomorrow my son is coming to join us with his wife and my granddaughter, so we are off to Aldeburgh for some seaside fun.


4 comments:

  1. It must be very interesting to live in a place with so much history. - Margy

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  2. Margy - it is lovely but sometimes I think we get a bit blasé about it because it is everywhere. That's why we need to seek it out and appreciate it more xxx

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  3. What a lovely holiday! Full of exploration and history. Thanks, Fran. It's amazing to think that what is now such a tiny village was once a full grown city! The abbey is too beautiful. I love all that warm red brick! xxxx

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  4. Val - We did have a lovely time, such a beautiful place to visit xxx

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