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Saint Marys Church Bawdsey.jpg
St Mary's Church, Bawdsey
Grid reference: TM348400
Location: 52°-0’32"N, 1°25’19"E
Population: 340  (est.)
Postcode: IP12
Local Government
Council: East Suffolk

Bawdsey is a village in Suffolk, sitting close to the port of Felixstowe. It had an estimated population of just 340 in 2007.

Bawdsey in wartime

At Bawdsey Manor during the early months of the Second World War, radar research took place before it was moved to Worth Matravers near Swanage in May 1940, and from there to Malvern in Worcestershire in 1942. Bawdsey had both Chain Home and Chain Home Low early warning radar stations during the War.

The wartime defences constructed around Bawdsey Point have been documented. They included a number of pillboxes, landmines and flame fougasse installations. The beaches were protected with extensive barriers of scaffolding.[1]

Bawdsey Cliff

Bawdsey Cliff is a Site of Special Scientific Interest notified for its geological importance. It is 58 acres in size and provides a mile and a half of exposed Gelasian (early Pleistocene) Red Crag, the most significant exposure of Red Crag in southern Britain.[2]

Outside links

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  1. Foot, William (2006). Beaches, fields, streets, and hills ... the anti-invasion landscapes of England, 1940. Council for British Archaeology. p. 105. ISBN 1-902771-53-2. 
  2. SSSI listing and designation for Bawdsey Cliff