Saxon Seaxe Anglo Saxon History
Map Position
This map is centered on Ardingly in Sussex.
Map Logic
This map shows the relative population size and damage of villages after the Norman Conquest in 1066AD. 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. The green outline shows the boundaries of Andredsweald as derived from the Open Domesday Book data.
Icon Key:
Not Effected < 20 people
Not Effected 20‑40 people
Not Effected 40‑80 people
Not Effected 80‑120 people
Not Effected > 120 people
Damaged < 20 people
Damaged 20‑40 people
Damaged 40‑80 people
Damaged 80‑120 people
Damaged > 120 people
Wasted < 20 people
Wasted 20‑40 people
Wasted 40‑80 people
Wasted 80‑120 people

Outline of Andredsweald using the Domesday Book 1086AD as reference


This map shows the outline of Andredsweald in 1066AD created by plotting the domesday villages and making the assumption that the area that has very few villages is forested.

The plotted data is an extract from the Open Domesday Book.

As you can see the plot of the manors actually seems to correlate quite closely with the green shaded area, the only villages within the area seem to be very small settlement which were likely to be foresters, miners, charcoal and small settlements.

Total Population(ex slaves) of the 1295 Domesday Villages in 1086AD shown is 34429
This would equate to a Fyrd(national service) of approximately 2065 soldiers.

Please Note that the estimate for the Fyrd is based on 6% of the
population(excluding Priests and Slaves) being eligible for military duties.

Summary of Domesday information for this map

Population Overview
Villagers 20018 
Cottagers 1257 Thegns
Smallholders 11762
Slaves 4380
Freemen 26 Potential Fyrd
Priests 26
Burgesses 1340 Thegns

Occupation Overview
Churches 498
Mills 1102
Fisheries 274
Salthouses 477
Ploughs 11203

Land Overview
Plough Land 9901 acres
Meadows 18114 acres
Woodlands 20776 acres

Animals Overview
No Animal details recorded in Domesday

Value(geld) 1224114704

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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Author: Simon M - Last Updated: 29/11/2023 12:19
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Data is derived from a number or sources including the Ordnance Survey Gazetter data overlayed onto Google Maps