GREYFRIARS

Dunwich, Suffolk

Greyfriars, Dunwich, Suffolk

Franciscan Friars

Until 1286 Dunwich was one of England’s largest towns. A Franciscan Priory was founded between 1228 and 1230 by Richard FitzJohn but it was destined to have a quite short life.

In 1286 a massive storm swept about half of Dunwich into the sea, in 1328 a second storm, even more ferocious, destroyed the harbour and most of the rest of the town (as well as taking away the whole of the village of Newton a few miles up the coast). At this point the Franciscans moved out and left Greyfriars to its own devices. Sure enough in 1347 a third storm arrived and took another 400 houses out to sea.

Over the next 200-300 years much of the rest of Dunwich fell victim to the encroachment sea and crumbling cliffs. The few buildings that remain today were a mile inland less than 200 years ago.

Today Greyfriars ruins are the only sizeable remains dating from Dunwich’s heyday, although there are also remains of a Leper Hospital nearby. Although the erosion has slowed, it is only a matter of time before Greyfriars joins the rest of the town underneath the North Sea.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

Back to Cathedrals, Churches, Abbeys etc...

Back to Cathedrals, Churches, Abbeys etc... page


© Text copyright - Raving Loony Productions and Andrew J. Müller, Roy Barton
and Shaun Runham
© Photos and Artwork - Andrew J. Müller
© Web Design and Layout - Andrew J. Müller
2010


Go to Home PagespaceGo to Andrew J. MullerspaceGo to Roy BartonspaceGo to Shaun RunhamspaceGo to Writing
Go to Castles of the UK and IrelandspaceGo to Castles of EuropespaceGo to Churches, Cathedrals, Abbeys etc.spaceGo to Travel PagesspaceGo to The Gallery