Bungay - a lost history
Posted By: Scaramouche
Date: 24 Apr 2010 at 13:31
As a newcomer to Bungay I'm confused as to why elements of its history are absent from official local accounts, to wit: The forcible eviction and evacuation to Bungay of 60 Saxon families and the demolition of their homes to allow for the building of Norwich Castle in 1067 - thuis making Bungay the most notable Saxon refugee camp in Britain.
Although Bungay undeniably existed pre 1066 as a small defensible Saxon settlement, this incident was of such scale and dynamic as to have taken Bunggay from hamlet to town status at a single stroke. The subsequent granting of land and manorial rights to followers of William, means they would find small welcome once the took to lording it over the former evacuees. No wonder they built a town centre fortress.