Sleepy seaside village with just 86 residents is home to UKs Atlantis

A sleepy seaside village which boasts less than 100 residents is also home to the UK's very own lost city of Atlantis.

The small village of Dunwich, just a few miles away from Southwold, East Anglia, is kept alive by its small tourist market.

Those heading to the idyllic spot could be spurred on by the connection to HP Lovecraft's short story The Dunwich Horror, although others are more interested in the Atlantis-like association.

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The area, as lush as it is, could be under threat from the ocean as residents see their coastline slowly eaten away, Express reported.

Geoff Abell, the chairman of the Dunwich Greyfriars Trust, said the village is a place where "everybody knows everybody" in an 86-strong community.

Mr Abell said: "We're a very, very ancient town. There was a Roman village, and during the medieval times, Dunwich was one of the 10 largest settlements in the UK."

The now-submerged medieval stretch has since been described as the UK's Atlantis, with maritime archaeologists frequenting the area in search of historic materials.

Mr Abell added: "We see a lot of tourists, but not like a major resort because there's nothing to attract mass tourism here.

"There's a nice beach. There's good swimming. But not an array of rows and rows of fish and chip shops. That sort of thing that just doesn't exist [here]."

The erosion of the coastline is cause for concern as the village was built "on a giant sandcastle".

A metre of coastline has been lost between the medieval period and now, while plans to build a nuclear powerplant nearby stoke further worries.

Mr Abell joked: "When you buy a house in Dunwich, whatever your deeds, you know that you bought a leasehold. You don't necessarily know how long the lease is, but you've certainly got a leasehold."

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