The Domesday Book is Britain’s earliest public record, it was commissioned in December 1085 by King William the Conqueror, and it provides an invaluable insight into 11th century Norman England.
The ‘Great Survey’ was completed in August 1086, it contained records for 13,418 settlements in England south of the rivers Ribble and Tees, the border with Scotland at that time. The book is written in a short form of Latin.
Needing to raise taxes to pay for his army, the survey was used to assess the wealth and assets of his subjects throughout the land. The survey provides extensive records of landholders, their tenants, the amount of land they owned, and how many people occupied the land.
It was not until 1873 that a survey approaching the scope and extent of the Domesday Book was attempted again in Britain.
The following counties are included: