The easiest way to get started is to simply search by place name or post code; from there you can zoom and pan around the map to further investigate Domesday. We have also created two experimental functions that indicate places mentioned in Domesday Book likely to be of Viking origin or that are related to cranes (the bird) – use the ‘Map extras’ link to turn these on or off. Place names have been automatically extracted and located on the map, so some errors may occur. Please let us know if you find any and we will correct them.
What is Domesday?
Domesday Book was William the Conqueror’s great survey of England of 1086. It is our most famous and earliest surviving public record, a highly detailed survey and valuation of all the land held by the King and his chief tenants, along with all the resources that went with the land in late eleventh century England. The survey was a massive enterprise, and the record of that survey, Domesday Book, was a remarkable achievement. There is nothing like it in England until the censuses of the 19th century.