Domesday Book now online.

In 1085 William the Conqueror’s England was under threat of invasion by the Danes. In order to find out the financial and military resources available to him, he ordered that a survey should be undertaken throughout England. The results of this great survey is known as The Domesday Book.

Copies of the survey are now available online at the UK’s National Archives. There is a searchable database for place and people’s names, and plenty of background information on how the survey was conducted, the questions asked, and what life was like in 11th century England. Images of the pages of the book require a small payment.

2 Responses to “Domesday Book now online.”

  1. pafalafaga says:

    Thanks, AF…that’s a wonderful resource.

    I’ve long been vaguely curious about the name Domesday, and just as vaguely wondered if it had anything to do with our modern word, Doomsday. The link you gave does a nice job of answering exactly this question, and even did it in a way was (to me, at least) mildy hunorous…there’s no escaping Judgement Day or the Tax Man, it seems.

    Thanks again,

    pafalafaga Dave

  2. answerfinder says:

    Thanks Dave. The Domesday Book was written on parchment and is still accessible today, unlike until recently a follow-up project on the 900th anniversary of the book. In 1986 information on the UK was placed on two videodiscs. These rapidly became inaccessible because of the rapid development of computers. It took the Camileon project in 2002 to make them accessible again. If that happens in the 20th/21st century, what will be the situation 900 years from now with digital information in the archives?

    Camileon project