From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Saint Marys Church Bawdsey.jpg
Saint Mary's Church, Bawdsey
Bawdsey is located in Suffolk
 Bawdsey shown within Suffolk
Population 340 [1]
OS grid reference TM348400
District Suffolk Coastal
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district IP12
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Coordinates: 52°00′32″N 1°25′19″E / 52.009°N 1.422°E / 52.009; 1.422

Bawdsey is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, eastern England. Located near Felixstowe, it had an estimated population of 340 in 2007.[1]

Bawdsey Manor is notable as the place where radar research took place early in World War II, before moving to Worth Matravers near Swanage in May 1940, and from there to Malvern, Worcestershire in 1942. Bawdsey had both Chain Home and Chain Home Low early warning radar stations during World War II.

The World War Two 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.[2]

Bawdsey Cliff SSSI[edit]

Bawdsey Cliff is a Site of Special Scientific Interest notified for its geological importance. It is 23.3 hectares (58 acres) in size and provides over 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) of exposed Gelasian (early Pleistocene) Red Crag, the most significant exposure of Red Crag in England.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Suffolk Observatory
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Bawdsey Cliff, SSSI citation, Natural England. Retrieved 2013-01-25.

External links[edit]