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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Overview

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: 9781473893498
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 08/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 152
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Stephen Wade is a biographer and social historian, usually known for his writing on crime history. Now he turns his historian's eye on the often heroic tale of man's struggle with the sea. This book follows on from his comparable account of the towns lost to the sea in East Yorkshire & Holderness, and is written with a background of his experience of East Anglia simply as a traveller, as he has known that coast. Stephen's other recent books include _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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