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Dunwich is a village and civil parish in the English county of Suffolk. It is located in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB around 92mi north-east of London, 9mi south of Southwold and 7mi north of Leiston on the North Sea coast.In the Anglo-Saxon period, Dunwich was the capital of Kingdom of the East Angles but the harbour and most of the town have since disappeared due to coastal erosion. At its height it was an international port similar in size to 14th-century London. Its decline began in 1286 when a storm surge hit the East Anglian coast followed by a great storm in 1287 and another great storm also in 1287, and it was eventually reduced in size to the village it is today. Its population at the 2001 census was 804. See also Dommoc.HistorySince the 15th century, Dunwich has frequently been identified with Dommoc – the original seat of the Anglo-Saxon bishops of the Kingdom of East Anglia established by Sigeberht of East Anglia for Saint Felix in c. 629–31. Dommoc was the seat of the bishops of Dommoc until around 870, when the East Anglian kingdom was taken over by the initially pagan Danes. Years later, antiquarians would even describe Dunwich as being the "former capital of East Anglia". However, many historians now prefer to locate Dummoc at Walton Castle, which was the site of a Saxon shore fort.
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