Medieval

Map showing the gradual erosion of Dunwich
Map showing the gradual erosion of Dunwich

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the great port of Dunwich dominated the East Coast. Its excellent haven (harbour) sheltered many ‘great ships’ and fishing boats. Aldeburgh, with no haven, was an insignificant fishing village. But as storm followed storm the fortunes of Dunwich declined, while to the North of Aldeburgh a haven was opening up.