I also added some cliff contours, which are approximated since so much of the cliff at Hastings was damaged by storms. I’m not entirely satisfied with the cliff – I think it should be steeper – and I need to move the blacksmith to nearer the cliff, away from the Manor House. I figure that since it probably emits a pretty steady stream of smoke, it would be located away from anything or anyone important.
The size of the burh (about 500 ft across) is based on the estimated 2000 ft wall inferred from the Burghal Hidage and the 500 hidages shown for Hastings. I included an inner wall around the manor and a field that would have belonged to the manor. In my novel, the manor houses the Reeve, since the I am assuming Earl Harold owned the town and its land, and he had no need for a manor house in Hastings. My novel also includes a dovecote that I’m pretty sure was not in Hastings at the time, but I need for my story. I’ve include about 120 homes in the burh, plus many shops and merchants, as well as the mint. I’m also guessing there were other houses outside the wall in what is now called Lady’s Parlor, as well as people living in the port town on the west side of Combe Valley. All totaled, I’m assuming there were upwards of 500 families in the Hastings area.
Here’s an updated model with the cliffs.