Domesday book facts, summary, composition, creation. One, known as little domesday covers norfolk, suffolk and essex. On prior arrangement and a fee you are allowed to examine under strict supervision the contents of either volume but unless you are a scholar in early latin their velum pages will mean. This is the first of two volumes offering for the first time an authoritative and complete prosopography of postconquest england, 10661166. Contents explore records for towns and villages from the domesday book. An analysis and synthesis of domesday book, volume 1 volume 1 of bedfordshire historical record society. The national archives education service domesday book. You can discover the contents f the book by following this link. Campbell henry clifford darby cambridge university press, 1962 domesday book.
The volume opens with chapters in which the position of the monarchy and social and economic background of the. While spending the christmas time of 1085 in gloucester, william had deep. The domesday book was not known as such at the time. The domesday book online contents of the domesday book. An overview of the greater domesday book and little domesday book. Of the three most northern counties of england surveyed in the domesday book of 1086 northumbria, durham and cumbria, only the southern band of land in the south of cumbria was recorded. The ancient pages were carefully digitised using a specialist scanner at the national archives in london. The domesday book provides extensive records of landholders, their tenants, the amount of land they owned, how many people occupied the land villagers, smallholders, free men, slaves, etc. Bartonleclay domesday book entry, taken from 210d 2 in flitt hundred m. Galbraith, the making of domesday book oxford, 1961 e.
One of the most important historical events of the medieval era is the domesday book. By contemporaries the whole operation was known as the description of england, but the popular name domesdayi. Twenty years after the battle of hastings, william the. Compiling the domesday book how the information was gathered and what can be found in the domesday volumes. Learn more about out why and how domesday was created, and how to interpret it, in discover domesday. William the bastard ordered that the domesday book should be complied at his christmas court in 1085. When i was young i actually believed it was a book that predicted the end of the world and thought we were all doomed. The information was collected in two very large books and took about one year to complete. Domesday database launched online university of cambridge. Great domesday contains most of the counties of england and was written by one scribe and checked by a second.
Domesday book also known as domesday, or book of winchester was the record of the great survey of england completed in 1086, executed for william the conqueror. The content of the books are written in complex shorthand medieval latin, in the carolingian. Domesday is by the far the most complete record of preindustrial society to survive anywhere in the world and provides a unique window on the medieval world. Based on extensive and wideranging research, the two volumes contain over eight thousand entries on persons occurring in the principal english administrative sources for the postconquest period domesday book, the pipe rolls, and cartae baronum. While spending the christmas time of 1085 in gloucester, william had deep speech with his counsellors and sent men all over england.
The first volume great domesday contains the final summarized record of all the counties surveyed except essex, norfolk, and suffolk. While spending the christmas of 1085 in gloucester. The anglosaxon chronicle states that planning for the survey was conducted in 1085, and the books colophon states the survey was completed in 1086. Some of the worksheets displayed are contents, the national archives education service domesday book, year 7 revision lesson 1, domesday reloaded, the bbc domesday discs resource booklet for, the bbc domesday discs resource booklet for, year 2 the normans resource pack, teacher.
Cheshire, in the domesday book was recorded as a larger county than it is today. The other, great domesday covers the rest of england, except for lands in the north that would later become westmorland, cumberland, northumberland and county durham partly because some of these lands were under scottish control at the time. Domesday book, the original record or summary of william is survey of england. The first draft was completed in august 1086 and contained records for,418 settlements in the english counties south of the rivers ribble and tees the border with scotland at the time. Produced at amazing speed in the years after the conquest, the domesday book provides a vivid picture of late 11thcentury england. The anglosaxon chronicle states while spending the christmas time of 1085 in gloucester, william had deep speech with his. One of the main aims of the investigation was to quantify the assets of each individual and the taxes on these assets imposed during the reign of edward the.
Both great and little domesday are arranged by county, and within each county, by landholder. To see full names of counties hold your mouse over the name. From domesday book to magna carta, 10871216 austin lane. There is a small disagreement in published sources about where the northern boundary of cheshire lay, and some parts of the border areas with wales were disputed with the predecessors of wales. The domesday book is one of medieval englands greatest treasures. A map described as the first complete aerial record of britain is being put on the internet. The survey was executed for william i of england william the conqueror. The domesday book is actually not one book but two.
The record was compiled in 10861087, a mere twenty years after the norman conquest, at the order of william the conqueror. Uploaded by the open domesday project, released under ccbysa by professor john palmer and george slater. The bbc domesday project was a pair of interactive videodiscs made by the bbc in london to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the original domesday book and published in november 1986. Mar 03, 2002 digital domesday book lasts 15 years not. The bbc domesday project was a partnership between acorn computers, philips, logica and the bbc with some funding from the european commissions esprit programme to mark the 900th anniversary of the original domesday book, an 11thcentury census of england. It contains the results of a huge survey of land and landholding commissioned by william i in 1085.
I have always been interested in the domesday book since a young age and never really learned about it at school. The domesday book, our earliest public record, is a unique survey of the value and ownership of lands and resources in late 11th century england. William needed information about the country he had just conquered so he could administer it. Richard fitznigel, writing around 1179, stated that the book was known by the english as domesday, that is the day of judgement for as the sentence of that strict and terrible last account cannot be evaded by any skilful subterfuge, so when this book is. For these three counties the full, unabbreviated return sent in to winchester by the commissioners is preserved in the second volume little domesday, which. The westernmost entries for cumbria, covering the duddon. The domesday book is the record of the great survey of much of england, and parts of wales, completed in 1086, done for william i of england, or william the conqueror the domesday book also known as domesday, or book of winchester was a record of all taxable land in england, together with such information as would indicate its worth as the scribes went round england. It has been cited as an example of digital obsolescence on account of the physical medium used for data storage. Then, a team of academics translated the entire book into modern english and indexed the contents so that it could. Domesday book is a manuscript record of the great survey of much of england and parts of. Domesday book simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Domesday book describes almost all of england and more than,000 places are mentioned in it. Although domesday book, the most complete survey of any medieval landed society, has been intensively studied, the sheer logistical difficulty involved in assembling information from its own contents and other sources has prevented scholars from forming a complete picture of the aristocracy that was defeated by the normans at hastings. Little domesday, which contains the information for essex, norfolk and suffolk, was probably written first and is the work of at least six scribes. The extracts were created by a team of experts at the national archives in kew, london. The manor of hougun is the historic name for an area which now forms part of the county of cumbria in northwest england.
Find out how it was compiled, and what it reveals about life in. The investigation was carried out by order of william the conqueror. An analysis and synthesis of domesday book, george herbert fowler. The domesday book was compiled in 1086 recording the results of the great survey of england carried out at the orders of king william i. Some of the worksheets displayed are contents, the national archives education service domesday book, year 7 revision lesson 1, domesday reloaded, the bbc domesday discs resource booklet for, the bbc domesday discs resource booklet for, year 2 the normans resource pack, teacher information measuring the flow rate. Find out about us, the company behind the domesday book extracts web site. A landmark study of key century in medieval history, this book comprises the history of the century and a quarter which elapsed between the compilation of domesday book and the issue of the magna carta, the two greatest documents of english medieval history. The domesday book is the record of the great survey of much of england, and parts of wales, completed in 1086, done for william i of england, or william the conqueror the domesday book also known as domesday, or book of winchester was a record of all taxable land in england, together with such information as would indicate its worth. The domesday book was commissioned in december 1085 by william the conqueror, who invaded england in 1066. The example set by the conqueror was followed by his successors, and it is reasonable to suppose that the domesday inquest was the precedent and exemplar for those recurring special inquiries with which our history is punctuated to. The other, great domesday covers the rest of england, except for lands in the north that would later become westmorland, cumberland, northumberland and county durham partly because some of these lands were under scottish. Domesday bookera water mills join commercial giants in meeting uk s demand for flour during covid crisis charlecote mill, stratforduponavon, facing closure, its now working flat out to meet. Holdings in 10 counties in midlands and east anglia.
There are some 418 towns and villages recorded in the domesday book, covering 40 of the old counties of england. Showing top 8 worksheets in the category the domesday book. It is not known when exactly domesday book was compiled, but the entire copy of great domesday appears to have been copied out by one person on parchment prepared sheepskin, although six scribes seem to. The site is still the only site offering access to 8,500 domesday book page extracts. After the norman invasion and conquest of england in 1066, the domesday. The survey was similar to a census by a government of today.
Find out how to search for your town or village, and how to access images of domesday along with an english translation, using our research guide. The map is being hailed as a domesday book for the millennium, which offers a detailed photographic snapshot of the country at the turn of the century. The national archives is the home of domesday book, the oldest surviving public record. The domesday volumes, great domesday and little domesday as they are known are kept within a large 14century chest at the public records office at kew in london. Landowners information about the landowners featured in the records of the domesday book.
It was one of the major interactive projects of its time, and it was undertaken on a scale not seen since. Little domesday covers the eastern counties, essex, norfolk and suffolk, while great domesday covers the rest of england. Uk internet domesday book goes online you can look at the area where you live. While spending the christmas time of 1085 in gloucester, william had deep speech with. In august 2006 the contents of domesday went online, with an english translation of the book s latin. Domesday book 1086 the middle ages encompass one of the most exciting periods in english history. The domesday book compiled in 10856 is one of the few historical. In 1986, the bbc released the bbc domesday project, the results of a project to create a survey to mark the 900th anniversary of the original domesday book. Based on extensive and wideranging research, the two volumes contain over eight thousand entries on persons occurring in the principal english administrative sources for the postconquest period domesday book, the. An analysis and synthesis of domesday book, george herbert fowler volume 1 of quarto memoirs of the bedfordshire historical record society author. Hallam, domesday book through nine centuries london, 1986 a survey of how the domesday book has been used since its composition, and how antiquarians and historians have viewed the record. Melvyn bragg and his guests discuss the domesday book, a vast survey of the land and property of much of england and wales completed in 1086. Digital domesday book lasts 15 years not uk news the. The domesday book is closely linked with william the conquerors attempt to dominate medieval england.
These pages can be accessed from the links in the bar above as you move around them. Campbell henry clifford darby cambridge university press, 1962. Each county section began with an entry describing all the boroughs. Along with a string of castles throughout england, the domesday book was to give william huge. Little refers to its physical size, not the content, as it is more detailed than great domesday. Kent, leofwin, earl of son of countess gytha and earl godwin, younger brother. Domesday book is thus our oldest public record and the true startingpoint of english administrative history. The results of this survey were written into domesday book. Widow of earl waltheof of huntingdon and northumbria, whom she betrayed. Bates, a bibliography of domesday book woodbridge, 1986 v.599 81 757 814 195 1050 54 764 777 97 753 896 1349 505 1617 598 326 1365 1508 1025 1407 695 37 507 1013 327 1221 1247 1202 1319 414 1232