Saxon Seaxe Anglo Saxon History
Map Position
This map shows the position of locations of type 'Town, Bloomery 300AD' containing 'battle, bloomery, Iron-Working' centered on Robertsbridge in Sussex.
Map Logic
This map shows Roman roads shown in black plotted from Ivan D Margary 'Roman Roads in Britain' published in 1955.

The red roads are taken from Ivan D Margary 'Roman ways in the Weald' published in 1948.

The bloomeries shown are taken from the Wealden Iron Research Group database

Major Roman locations are shown as icons, please click for more details.
Icon Key:
Bloomery 300AD

Roman Roads/Bloomeries in the South East centered on Robertsbridge Sussex


As you can see, a large number of the Roman Bloomeries are located fairly near the main Roman Roads or Trackways, this implies that the iron produced was carried via these routes to the nearest Port.

There is an argument that the main route for iron out of the Weald was via the Limden/Eastern Rother in Sussex, by looking at the main trackways and places named Street, these are marked as Purple lines on the map, with a centre at modern day Etchingham..

One or two of the plotted road routes may have slight alignment issues as places and names have changed over the last 60 years since the books were published, making it very difficult to match locations exactly.

Also shown is the Forest of Anderida in green, the high tide changes in the coastline shown in pale blue, and the 5 metre high tide mark on the rivers shown in dark blue. Between Brighton and Eastbourne are shown an estimated additional land mass, based on the current cliff erosion rates.

For the rivers, the 5 metre mark is shown however the tidal reach could be further inland due to the back pressure from the rivers upstream.

Purple lines show proposed changes/potential new Roman Roads based on the landscape/satellite features.

Locations Shown on map
Original Name Type CountyCurrent Name
Battle Town Sussex 
Battle 1066 Town Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Bardown Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Bates Farm (Wittersham Manor) Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Beauport Park Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Footlands Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Frankham, Mark Cross Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Kitchenham Farm Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Knowle Farm Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Limney Farm 1 Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Lovehurst Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Magreed Farm Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Oldlands Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Omenden Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Petley Wood Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Upper Wilting Farm Bloomery 300AD Sussex 
Bloomery 300AD
Iron-Working Westhawk Farm 1 Bloomery 300AD Sussex 

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: 13/03/2024 13:12
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Data is derived from a number or sources including the Ordnance Survey Gazetter data overlayed onto Google Maps