Lost to the Sea: Britain's Vanished Coastal Communities: Norfolk and Suffolk

Lost to the Sea: Britain's Vanished Coastal Communities: Norfolk and Suffolk

by Stephen Wade


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Lost to the Sea: Norfolk & Suffolk relates the stories of how the human communities along the coast of these counties maintained their struggle with the sea. From very early Neolithic times, when global changes created the Continental Shelf and raised the cliffs along Britain's eastern shorelines, through Roman and medieval times, the first villages and towns were gradually established, only to be faced with the problem of the sea's incursions onto agricultural land. In the 1950s, Rowland Parker's classic study of Dunwich, a key town of Suffolk engulfed, set the scene for a long-standing interest in how the sea's challenge has been met. There have been successes and failures, and Stephen Wade tells the story of the seaside holiday towns and fishing communities that have had to struggle for survival.

In this book, the reader will find stories of the people involved in this titanic effort through the centuries. The narrative moves down the coast from Hunstanton to Southwold, tracing the losses and the gains, not only in measurements of land, but in the tough human experience of that environmental history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473893474
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 11/29/2017
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stephen Wade is a biographer and social historian, usually associated with crime and law, but here he turns his attention to a place he has known for forty years, as he has lived and worked in Scunthorpe all that time. His most recent books have been "Going to Extremes", "The Justice Women" and three volumes in the "Your Town in the Great War" series (all Pen & Sword), and :No More Soldiering" (Amberley).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction and My Own Quest 1

Chapter 2 From Doggerland to the Normans 13

Chapter 3 North Norfolk and The Wash 24

Chapter 4 Norfolk's North Sea Coast 38

Chapter 5 Suffolk Places Lost and Threatened 81

Chapter 6 Suffolk's Atiantis: Dunwich 106

Chapter 7 The Coast and the Writers' Perspectives 113

Chapter 8 Some Conclusions 129

Acknowledgements 137

Bibliography and Sources 138

Index 142

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