Dunwich

Dunwich is a town in the county of Suffolk in England, the remnant of what was once a prosperous seaport and centre of the wool trade during the early middle ages, with a natural harbour formed by the mouths of the River Blyth and the River Dunwich. Dunwich was one of the largest ports in eastern England, with a population of around 3,000, eight churches, five houses of religious orders, three chapels and two hospitals.

Over time, the rivers silted up, and Dunwich was lost to the sea over a period of two to three hundred years through a form of coastal erosion known as long-shore drift. Buildings on the present day cliffs were once a mile inland and the village no longer has a significant natural harbor.

Most of the original buildings have disappeared, including all eight churches (a new church, All Saints, was built in the 19th century) and Dunwich is now a small coastal "village", though retaining its status as a town. However, the remains of a Franciscan priory and a building constructed as a hospice for lepers can still be seen. A local legend says that at certain tides, church bells can still be heard from beneath the waves.
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@ 2006-03-16 12:33:54
Congrats on map No. 700!