In his later years he fell into the vice of hoarding money for its own sake; so necessary was it to his policy that he should be free, as far as possible, from the need for applying to parliament for money, that he became morbidly anxious to have great hoards in readiness for any possible day of financial stress.
Traces of a large Roman camp may still be seen to the southeast of Wiveliscombe (Wellescombe, Wilscombe, Wiviscombe), which is near the line of a Roman road, and hoards of Roman coins have been discovered in the neighbourhood.
The west side of the palace contained a series of 18 magazines with great store jars and cists and large hoards of clay documents.
Ready cash could alone fill up the void; and it was to the hoards of native princes that Hastings's fertile mind at once turned.
Eventually, he reasoned, the hungry hoards would overwhelm the beleaguered food supply.