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Bungay Town Defence

In the civil parish of Bungay.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.
Medieval County of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TM337897
Latitude 52.45550° Longitude 1.43792°

Bungay Town Defence has been described as a certain Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Scarped and banked defence of probable Saxon foundation.

A deep ditch extended E and W to two bends in the river Waveney, cutting off Outney Common from the town of Bungay and materially strengthening the northern defences of the castle. It has been suggested that the ditch might be a Roman work, but there is no positive evidence of this, and it may have been dug by the Bigots, who used the materials obtained to raise the huge barriers of earth around their castle. Bungay was granted to Roger Bigot soon after Domesday by the Conqueror.(Suckling; Field Investigators Comments–F1 FDC 01-APR-68) An anonymous and undated map in Bungay Museum (approx. 1/2500) - reproduced in Bungay Castle Guide shows this earthwork as "Tower Ditch" and traces it south-east and south-west to encircle the probable Medieval town (line superimposed on 6" field sheet). The topographical situation would support this classification (i.e. for the whole of the distance it is shown as running along the high crop above a flood plain) rather than the suggestion of Suckling. Modern development has now removed all evidence of the work.(Wade, 1984) A trial trench revealed the town ditch which measures 8m wide and 4m deep, and was backfilled in the late C13 or C14. (Martin et al, 1984). (PastScape)
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