Two thousand years ago, when the Romans came, the seashore was a mile further out. Dunwich was on a bay that was being continually scoured by the sea. At the same time the tide, predominantly from the north, was building up a spit of land to the east of the town. These twin actions would first create and then largely destroy Dunwich.
The bay of Roman Dunwich provided deep anchorage for Continental trading ships. The town would have had an important Roman port, a fort and possibly even a small temple. Historians know Dunwich was important then because so many Roman roads head in this direction.
St James’ Street, the roadway we use today, would have had Romans marching along it, past the site of our museum towards the town and their camps. The museum has some of the objects that these soldiers and merchants dropped and which have been washed up on the present shore.