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Domesday Book goes digital

The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time).

The original Domesday Book has survived over 900 years of English history and is currently housed in a specially made chest at London's Public Record Office in Kew, London. This new website has been set up to enable visitors to discover the history of the Domesday Book, to give an insight into life at the time of its compilation, and provide information and links on related topics.

Those who remember taking part in the 'New Domesday project' in the 1980s can also find out what has happened to the data collected then.

There are commercial adverts on the site which may make it more difficult for schools to use, but there is plenty of useful material as well.

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