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Southwold Town Defences

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Suwald

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TM5076
Latitude 52.32276° Longitude 1.67430°

Southwold Town Defences has been described as a Urban Defence although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.

Description

C13 stone wall projected but probably never built or never completed. Licence to crenellate granted in 1259.

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1259 Dec 19 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Turner writes of C16 fortifications 'the plan was to isolate the town by a wall on the landward side.' This may be a reference to Higham Bulwark which was on the north side.
The town is naturally well defended by surrounding rivers and marshland and gateways on the one or two causewayed entrances to the medieval town would have been enough to secure the trade of the town, although attack from the sea would not have been so prevented. However, there doesn't seem to be any evidence of any such work.
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