Death of the Bishop of Dunwich in Anglo-Saxon Sudbury

In 1999, a statue in memory of Bishop Aelfhun of Dunwich was unveiled by Terry Waite after Sudbury’s annual civic service.

It is situated on the Croft, Sudbury, just outside the east wall of St. Gregory’s churchyard. The Bishop died in Sudbury in 798 AD, and it is thanks to him that reference was made to Sudbury in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle – so making it Suffolk’s oldest remaining recorded town.

The project was promoted by Canon John Nurser and Anthony R. Wheeler. Sudbury Town Council provided the cost of the plinth of handmade bricks on which the statue stands and Sudbury Freemen’s Trust commissioned and paid for the sculpture of the Bishop.  It was created by Alan Micklewaite from Lincolnshire.