Domesday dataset

We are moving content from our Hydra repository ( to new repositories, including the contents of the Domesday dataset. This page briefly outlines the contents of the dataset and provides links to the dataset's temporary home where you can navigate the contents of the folders, and retrieve raw metadata and file attachments (e.g. PDFs and Access Databases).

The following text is copy and pasted from the original introductory records on Hydra.



A collection of data about and around the 1086 Domesday book. The dataset was originally lodged in the Hydra repository by Professor John Palmer in 2008.

Whilst use of this data is free within the terms of the Creative Commons Licence detailed with each item, we would appreciate knowing who you are and, briefly, what you are going to do with it. Please take a moment to let us know at

Thank you



Datasets around the Domesday Book (1086). Version 1b.

The most substantial change in this revised version of the original dataset (1a, 2007) is the addition of a single file - IDs.rtf - which attempts to identify the lords of roughly 12,000 manors who are named in Domesday Book only by their Christian names. The databases of Names and Domesday Statistics have been updated to reflect these identifications.

A number of clarifications, adjustments and corrections have also been made to other files, and Dr Frank and Mrs Caroline Thorn have made further improvements to the translation and to the consistency of the stock of personal names.

This data is now being mapped at where facsimile images of the manuscript of Great Domesday Book are freely available. The images of Little Domesday will be added later this year, and more of the data will gradually be added to the mapping.

John Palmer,
August 2010.



Users downloading Access databases from this collection may experience two security issues:

1. It is not unusual for Access to put up a security warning and ask "Do you want to open this file?" pointing out that "this file type can potentially harm your computer." Our Domesday files have been through virus checking routines before being added to the repository and we believe that they pose no risk to users' computers.

2. In a very small number of cases, Access may refuse to open one of these database files on the basis that "it is located outside your intranet or on an untrusted site". The solution to this seems to be to save the file somewhere on your computer and then right-click on the downloaded file, select Properties, then click on the Unblock button alongside the security notice.


All significant Domesday statistics for each of the approximately 21,000 Domesday holdings. Data problems are annotated within the databases, and the structure and content of each database are described in separate documentation. 34 Statistics Notes - one per Domesday County - analyse the data and its problems for each county. This is the first publication of the electronic data.


This grouping contains documentation of all datasets: databases; Textbase; statistics; County Introductions and Notes; and bibliography. Whilst use of this data is free within the terms of the Creative Commons Licence detailed below, we would appreciate knowing who you are and, briefly, what you are going to do with it. Please take a moment to let us know at Thank you

Phillimore appendices

The appendices supply information additional to that in the Domesday text, for the most part taken from 'satellite' or other texts. They have been taken from the Phillimore printed edition and lightly revised by Caroline and Frank Thorn.

Phillimore county introductions

In general, the introductions discuss the administrative history of the county; the Hundreds or Wapentakes, their rubrication, order, and revised name-forms; the state of the manuscript for the county; holdings recorded in other counties; related or 'satellite' texts', where relevant; the editorial history of earlier versions of the notes, and the current state of the revision; and a variety of other topics of significance to which the Domesday text refers or illuminates.

The introductions have been revised to varying degrees for this edition by Dr Frank and Mrs Caroline Thorn.

Phillimore county notes

The County Notes provide a discussion on all matters of interest or obscurity in the text, in the light of the latest Domesday scholarship. Such matters vary from county to county but recurrent topics include: the identification of place-names, personal names, and individuals; the meaning of obscure Latin words or phrases, or of ambiguous formulae; uncommon data; curious statistics; relevant material from related sources, including Domesday 'satellite' texts where relevant; variants in other editions; the state of the manuscript, including the work of individual scribes, insertions, amendments, and scribal conventions; misreadings in Domesday facsimiles; material bearing on larger Domesday topics, such as the Domesday Inquest and the date and compilation of Domesday Book; and all other items of interest. The Notes are based on the original printed edition published by Phillimore (1975-86) by a variety of editors; the Notes for eight counties have been thoroughly revised and greatly enlarged for this edition by Caroline and Frank Thorn, and the remainder lightly revised, with the addition a number of new entries.

Statistics notes

The content, format, and level of ambiguity in the Domesday statistics can vary from county to county. These Statistics Notes aim to provide the information essential to their understanding for each county. The topics discussed for all counties are: Previous studies; Domesday circuits; the Domesday county; Duplicates; Boroughs; Geld (tax); Ploughlands; Ploughteams; Population; Woodland; Meadow; Pasture; Values; Waste. Additionally, the following topics are discussed for some but not all counties: Annexations; Crown land; Ecclesiastical fiefs; Livestock; Miscellaneous; Satellite texts; and Waste and the New Forest. Each county file concludes with the aggregated totals of the major statistics for the county, together with the totals compiled by previous authors, plus notes attempting to explain the discrepancies between these and our own totals.


An electronic transcription of the translation of Domesday Book for 33 counties (Yorkshire is omitted for copyright reasons) originally published by Phillimore (1975-86) and edited by John Morris and others. An electronic edition of the text for Great Domesday was published by Phillimore as Domesday Explorer in 2000, edited by John Palmer, Matthew Palmer and George Slater.