Saxon Seaxe Anglo Saxon History
Map Position
This map shows the position of domesday locations containing 'anderida, battle' centered on Battle in Sussex.
Map Logic
This map shows the relative population sizes near Battle/Hastings for villages which were responsible for Salt production in 1066. The data is derived from the Open Domesday Book
(links provided at the bottom of the page).

The black lines show known Roman Roads, the Red ones ancient trackways(Ivan D Margary), with the purple ones showing implied Roman roads provided by place names.
Icon Key:
< 10
>= 10 and < 20
>= 20 and < 30
>= 30 and < 40
> 40

Salt production in the Hastings area from Domesday Data


Could salt production have been a factor for William landing near to Hastings.

As you can see from the map most of villages that produced salt were either near the Romney Marsh or between the Pevensey Marshes and the Ouse basin, however salt production was occurring at Ashburnham which is about 10 miles inland today, and so provides evidence for the idea that the sea reached much further inland in AD1066.

So Invasion to control salt production would be very unlikely.

External References in no particular order :-
Anglo Saxon Chronicles
Online Anglo Saxon dictionary
Online Etymology dictionary
Open Domesday Book - The first free online copy of the Domesday Book
The Ermine Street Guard Roman re-enactment and research Society
The "Kent A" cadastre - page 5 - Peterson 2002
Archaeologia Cantiana Online
Romney Marsh Research Trust
Romney Marsh the Fifth Continent
VillageNet the reference guide to villages in Kent & Sussex
Global warming Flood Maps
The Anglo Saxon Chronicles
Google Maps - the core of the system
GeoPlaner - Useful site for plotting map data
Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars 55BC(Books 4 & 5)
Wikipedia - Caesar's invasions of Britain
Wikipedia - Portus Istus
The Geography of Claudius Ptolemy (Bill Thayers)
Runetree Beowulf
Bayeux Tapestry Online
The Secrets of the Norman Invasion
Chronicles of John of Worcester
Battle Historic Society
Binsted village website(Mearcredesburnan Steðe)
The Spears of Andred
Find British Archaelogical Sites
Wealden Iron Research Group
Topographic Map of the UK


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Data is derived from a number or sources including the Ordnance Survey Gazetter data overlayed onto Google Maps