Ordered to investigate ‘how the country was occupied, and with what sort of people ... how much each had ... and how much it was worth’, the Conqueror’s commissioners conducted their survey so thoroughly that ‘not one ox, nor one cow,’ was left unrecorded.
As with the Last Judgement, all were called to account in Domesday Book; hence the name, Domesday, or Doomsday, from the Anglo-Saxon word doom, meaning 'law' or 'judgement'. Like the Last Judgement, there could be no appeal from Domesday.
See also: The Hull Project, Domesday Facts, Domesday Book, Bibliography, Links
This site contains resources for students, scholars, or anyone interested in exploring Domesday Book. The material contained here is the work of the research and development team, and is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
These pages give an overview of the Domesday Inquest, Great Domesday, and the purpose, structure, and terminology of Domesday Book, with references for further study.
Domesday Explorer is software which allows you to explore Great Domesday, searching an updated Phillimore English translation. The text has been tagged with over 500,000 codes, and a powerful search engine lets you easily find entries of interest, map them, display the facsimile and the translation, along with indexes of places and names.
The AHRC Project (2007) produced a freely available electronic and fully encoded text of Great and Little Domesday, a database of major Domesday statistics for all people and places, and a scholarly commentary on all matters of interest in the 25,000 entries. A second edition (2010) revised some of this data and added a file of identifications - IDs.rtf - of the lords of 12,000 manors named in Domesday Book only by their Christian names.
Domesdaymap.co.uk is the first free online copy of Domesday Book, with search and mapping of Domesday places, images of the facsimile and entry level statistics. The site was built as a non-profit project by Anna Powell-Smith, in collaboration with the research and development team.