Ditchford planHere’s a little teaser for 1322 for you.

As an aid to visualisation I often sketch scenes, or maps of the action in my made-up worlds. This is a map of the medieval village where the story for 1322 opens. Please forgive my naff drawing skills.

The fields would be tended in strips, each looked after by a villein of the Lord, but I couldn’t be arsed to draw in the individual strips. I also lost patience with drawing the house in each individual toft.

Within the demesne on the Manor House would be threshing barns, haylofts, ox houses, brew houses, herb gardens, a slaughter house, granary, goose house, hen house and shearing sheds among other buildings essential to the running of the lord’s demesne.

See that bridge bottom right? Just below there is where Ralf, the village gongfermour, would dump into the brook all the excrement that he’d collected from the village privies. Downstream, see. Mind you, who’s to say there wasn’t another village downstream of this?

Now you just have to work out who the other people mentioned are. And yes, this will go in the eventual Special Edition hardback of 1322 when the book is published.


About wombat37

A Yorkshireman in the green hills of Lancashire, UK Not a real wombat, obviously, or typing would become an issue. I do have short legs and a hairy nose, however. Oh, & a distinctive smell.

Posted on June 8, 2013, in 1322, fiction, Map, Putting myself out there is scary, Village, Visualisation, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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