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Battle of Hastings 1066AD ‑ The Coastline and Landscape
The Coastline and Landscape

I will try to explain the landscape of 1066AD from other research I have done, you may disagree with my conclusions, but please read and see if I can convince you.

This map is the end result of my current investigations into the landscape in 1066AD.

A quick overview, it would seem that the sea/high tide level was about 4.5 metres higher than the current level, this is shown on the map in dark blue.

Please click on the following link to understand my logic for the sea/high tide levels being higher than today, by using the Saxon island name snippet aeg. Landscape - Was the sea level in Saxon times at Pevensey 4 to 5 metres higher ? and also Landscape - High Tide changes in the last 2000 years.

There was also the Forest of Andredsweald which appears to be identifiable using the location name snippet of hurst and the Domesday locations which can be seen on The Great Forest of Andredsweald - Anglo Saxon Chronicles.

The green areas in the sea are representations of the amount of land that has eroded since 1066AD, and the orange area shows the shingle banks, with the yellow areas showing the islands of Old Winchelsea and Broomhill. Landscape - The Cliffs of East Sussex and Erosion 450-2024AD

The changes in the Romney Marsh are implied with salt marsh shown in pale blue, if you wish to see more details please click the following link Landscape - The History of the Romney Marsh in maps(Pre-Roman to Modern times).

The forts shown are the Old Roman Fort of Anderida at Pevensey, and our understanding of the Saxon Burh at Hastings Alfred the Great's fort in Hastings where was it ??.

And finally the old Roman Roads(Ivan D Margary) are shown in red, and the old Celtic Ridgeways(Ivan D Margary) are shown in Maroon All Margary Roads.


The Hastings area is very isolated, and would have only been accessible via ships along the coast or via the old Roman Roads and Celtic Ridgeways through the Forest of Andredsweald.

It seems a strange place to invade unless something else was important in the area Battle of Hastings 1066AD - Why the Hastings Area was important to Duke William

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