Skip to comments.Secret Streets of Britain's 'Atlantis' Are Revealed
Posted on 05/12/2013 6:07:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
...Present day Dunwich is a village 14 miles south of Lowestoft in Suffolk, but it was once a thriving port -- similar in size to 14th Century London. Extreme storms forced coastal erosion and flooding that have almost completely wiped out this once prosperous town over the past seven centuries. This process began in 1286 when a huge storm swept much of the settlement into the sea and silted up the Dunwich River. This storm was followed by a succession of others that silted up the harbour and squeezed the economic life out of the town, leading to its eventual demise as a major international port in the 15th Century. It now lies collapsed and in ruins in a watery grave, three to 10 metres below the surface of the sea, just off the present coastline...
Findings highlights are: Identification of the limits of the town, which reveal it was a substantial urban centre occupying approximately 1.8 km2 -- almost as large as the City of London...
Professor Sear says: "...The severe storms of the 13th and 14th Centuries coincided with a period of climate change, turning the warmer medieval climatic optimum into what we call the Little Ice Age. Our coastlines have always been changing, and communities have struggled to live with this change. Dunwich reminds us that it is not only the big storms and their frequency -- coming one after another, that drives erosion and flooding, but also the social and economic decisions communities make at the coast. In the end, with the harbour silting up, the town partly destroyed, and falling market incomes, many people simply gave up on Dunwich."
(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...
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It’s all water under the bridge now...
What difference, at this point, does it make?
And over it, for that matter. ;’)
Though Gods they were
And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind
Let us rejoice and let us sing
And dance and ring in the new
Oops; wrong Dunwich!
As long as the “Dunwich Horror” isn’t wakened.... (and made into another bad movie)
The Dunwich Horror.
I wonder if the remaining residents have gill slits?
Sibce you ask:
The thing that lay half-bent on its side in a foetid pool of greenish-yellow ichor and tarry stickiness was almost nine feet tall, and the dog had torn off all the clothing and some of the skin.... It was partly human, beyond a doubt, with very manlike hands and head, and the goatish, chinless face had the stamp of the Whateleys upon it. But the torso and lower parts of the body were teratologically fabulous, so that only generous clothing could ever have enabled it to walk on earth unchallenged or uneradicated.
Above the waist it was semi-anthropomorphic; though its chest...had the leathery, reticulated hide of a crocodile or alligator. The back was piebald with yellow and black, and dimly suggested the squamous covering of certain snakes. Below the waist, though, it was the worst; for here all human resemblance left off and sheer phantasy began. The skin was thickly covered with coarse black fur, and from the abdomen a score of long greenish-grey tentacles with red sucking mouths protruded limply.
Their arrangement was odd, and seemed to follow the symmetries of some cosmic geometry unknown to earth or the solar system. On each of the hips, deep set in a kind of pinkish, ciliated orbit, was what seemed to be a rudimentary eye; whilst in lieu of a tail there depended a kind of trunk or feeler with purple annular markings, and with many evidences of being an undeveloped mouth or throat. The limbs, save for their black fur, roughly resembled the hind legs of prehistoric earth’s giant saurians, and terminated in ridgy-veined pads that were neither hooves nor claws.
Why only this harbor, and not all the harbors across northern Europe?
original Dunwich horror?
Both of you thought the same thing I did...
Nepta asked about gills.
Because like Guam, Great Britain is tipping over.
On the opposite coast, Harlech Castle was built in the same period on a crag overlooking the sea, with water access
Today, not so much
Thanks for the ping. I had not heard of the Dunwich Horror.
Post # 12 describes something not of this wold.
Yet all this was only the prologue of the actual Dunwich horror...
Well I suppose it helps remind Humans that, for all our cleverness, there are greater forces that can change what we consider permanent almost overnight. A lesson in humility therefore.
Its not just this harbor. There’s a lot of places in Britain that have been submerged by coastal erosion and/or sudden storm - the last was only about 20 years ago. There’s even quite a strong racial memory of these things - a lot of Celtic legends feature ancient lands sinking. The city of Chester went into decline as a port when the river Dee silted up, and was subsequently replaced by Liverpool as the main west coast seaport.
...not of this wold.
Hence the “Dunwich Horror”.
I think you mean Innsmouth. ;-)
The use of “Atlantis” is a bit of a stretch, but I must admit I read the article.