An underwater survey of the lost port of Dunwich off the Suffolk coast has revealed the remains of a medieval church. Marine archaeologist Stuart Bacon, director of the Suffolk Underwater Studies believes that it is the remains of St John’s Church, which was the main church in the town during the Middle Ages and it contained a chapel dedicated to St Nicholas.
Mr. Bacon is quoted by Norfolk Eastern Daily Press as saying: “We have found a new church. I knew there were three here but now we have another one. It is one I have been trying to find for years. This is new information and it means that the results of the survey are going to be quite spectacular”.
“At the moment we are deploying to try and find evidence of Roman occupation off the entrance to the river Blyth and from where I am sitting you can not image the coastline how it was 2,000 years ago. This is a very exciting time”.
Dunwich was once a thriving port, rivalling London in the 12th and 13th century, but the city was eventually swallowed by the waves, the port silting up after a great storm in 1328 and by the 16th century half of the city had been claimed by the sea.
The results of the marine survey will be put on display at Dunwich Museum (St. James’s Street, Dunwich, Saxmundham, Suffolk).