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Dunwich Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TM4970
Latitude 52.27000° Longitude 1.65000°

Dunwich Castle has been described as a probable Uncertain.

There are no visible remains.


A small castle may have existed at Dunwich. In the Calender of the Patent Rolls, under 1217 there is a reference to Eustace de Vescy's custody of the castle and town of Dunwich (Scarfe 1971). (PastScape)

De custodia terre E. de. Vescy. Rex militibus, libere tenentibus et aliis omnibus de terra que fuit Eustachii de Vescy, salutem. Sciatis quod commisimus dilectis et fidelibus nostris, Willelmo de Duston et Radulfo de Norwico, clerico nostro, totam terram cum pertineneiis, que fuit predicti Eustachii, custodiendam quamdiu nobis placuerit, exceptis castro et villa de Dunewico, que commisimus venerabili patri nostro, R. Dunelmensi episcopo. Et ideo vobis mandamus quod eisdem Willelmo et Radulfo, tamquam custodibus et baillivis vestris, in omnibus sitis intendentes et respondentes. Et in hujus rei testimonium etc. ut supra. Teste, apud Oxoniam, xiiij die Novembris, anno regni nostri secundo. (CPR)

The lack of other mentions might suggest this was a use of 'castro' in the sense of administrative centre rather than fortress, although Dunwich was a sizeable town and a significant building in a fortified style is not unlikely. Aga's plan of 1585 shows a series of mounds in the north-west corner of the town.
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