mercredi 22 février 2012

Dunwich and the Friars ruins

Today I want to tell you something about the ex-capital of East-Anglia, Dunwich, a charming tiny village in Suffolk Coast... 
It would not be fair not spending a few words about it as I am visiting this beautiful coast!

So, as I already said, Dunwich was the capital of the East-Anglia, until part of the town disappeared underwater due to a big storm that hit the coast in the 13th century... till that moment, this medieval town was one of the most important ports in the country and there were at least 15 churches!
In this lovely village I discover the Greyfriars ruins, the only building representing the town's glory during the 13th century: unfortunately today the only thing that remains is the perimeter stone that encloses all the monastic site and the beautiful 14th century gate.

This building was founded by Franciscans Friars around 1270: it was originally built by the sea, but due to coastal erosion, it was moved on a hill overlooking the sea and I might add that the view is spectacular! It is worth a visit!
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