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Electronic Edition of Domesday Book: Translation, Databases and Scholarly Commentary, 1086; second edition

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SN: 5694
Title: Electronic Edition of Domesday Book: Translation, Databases and Scholarly Commentary, 1086; second edition
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5694-1
Depositor: Palmer, J., University of Hull. Department of History
Principal investigator(s): Palmer, J., University of Hull. Department of History
Sponsor(s): Arts and Humanities Research Council
Grant number: AN10271/APN18465
Other acknowledgements: Researchers who participated in the project were:

Thorn, F.,University of Hull. Department of History
Thorn, C.,University of Hull. Department of History
Hodgson, N.,University of Hull. Department of History


The citation for this study is:

Palmer, J. (2010). Electronic Edition of Domesday Book: Translation, Databases and Scholarly Commentary, 1086; second edition. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 5694,

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Subject Categories

Administrative history - History
Economic history - History
Local history - History
Population history - History
Population studies - Population, vital statistics and censuses


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The text of Domesday Book is notoriously ambiguous, its array of social and economic statistics hitherto inaccessible, and the majority of individuals and many places unidentified. This electronic edition aims to make Domesday Book both more accessible and more intelligible by presenting its contents in a variety of forms: a translation, databases of names, places and statistics, and a detailed scholarly commentary on all matters of interest or obscurity in the text. All forms of the data are cross-referenced, and all can be used with standard applications.

The translation of Great Domesday was transcribed from the Phillimore edition (see data sources for this project) into an electronic format by typists working on a government employment scheme during the early 1980s, then enhanced by the addition of extensive coding under an ESRC-funded research project later in the decade. The comparable transcription and coding of Little Domesday was undertaken by Dr Natasha Hodgson for this project, while the Phillimore notes were scanned, edited, enlarged and enhanced by Dr and Mrs Thorn, also for this project. The databases of names and places were transcribed into electronic format from the original printed Phillimore indexes, then published as national indexes by Phillimore (1992). The statistics database is original to this project, though compiled over a long period.

In the second edition, some errors have been corrected, improvements made to the consistency of the translation and the name-stock, and a substantial file (identifying_domesday_landowners.rtf) identifying landowners named only by their Christian names in Domesday Book has been added.

For further information about the project and Domesday Book please refer to the project web site, where an alternative download possibility for the data is available.
Main Topics:
The Domesday Book (1086) contains the most comprehensive array of social and economic data for the pre-industrial world from anywhere in Europe, possibly from the planet. It is a major source for the disciplines of archaeology, geography, genealogy, law, linguistics, onomastics, palaeography, philology, prosopography, and topography; for several of these disciplines, it is the major source. The history of majority of towns and villages begins with Domesday Book, which includes a vast amount of data on names, places, individuals, taxation, land use, population groups, estate values, legal matters, and a wide variety of economic and agricultural resources: mills, meadow, woodland, pasture, salt-pans, fisheries, etc. Only a minute amount of such data has survived from the first six centuries of English history and little became available for another two centuries, and even then never as a comprehensive national survey.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1066 - 1086
Dates of fieldwork: 1994 - 2007 - date file created
Country: England
Geography: Bedfordshire
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Administrative units (geographical/political)
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Universe: Subnational
Social and economic statistics for the years 1066 - 1086 based on the text of the Domesday Book for England from Yorkshire southwards
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials; Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: No weighting used
Data sources:
Morris, J. (1975-92) Domesday Book, Chichester: Phillimore.
Palmer, J., Palmer, M. and Slater, G. (2000) Domesday Explorer [CD-ROM], Stroud: Phillimore.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 25 September 2007
Latest edition: 30 September 2010 (2nd Edition)
Copyright: Copyright: Phillimore and Company Ltd for the printed volumes on which the electronic edition is based; the University of Hull for the data created by the AHRC publicly funded electronic edition project.
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Available to all users based in HE/FE institutions, for not-for-profit educational and research purposes only.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Bibliography (portable document format) bibliography.pdf 557
Study documentation (portable document format) guide.pdf 179
User information (portable document format) important_information.pdf 16
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5694_Information.htm 22
READ File read5694.txt 3


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By principal investigator(s):
Palmer, J.J.N. (1985) 'Domesday Book and the computer' in P.H. Sawyer (ed.) Domesday Book: a reassessment, Baltimore, Md: Edward Arnold, pp. 164-74.

Palmer, J.J.N. (1986) 'Computerising Domesday Book', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, new series, 11, pp. 279-89.

Palmer, J.J.N. (1987) 'The Domesday manor' in J.C. Holt (ed.) Domesday Studies: Papers Read at the Novocentenary Conference of the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of British Geographers, Winchester, Boydell Press, pp. 139-54.

Palmer, J.J.N. (1995) 'The Conqueror's Footprints in Domesday Book', in A.C. Ayton and J.L. Price (eds.) The Medieval Military Revolution: State, Society and Military Change in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 23-44.

Dodgson, J. and Palmer, J. (eds.) (1992) Domesday Book: Index of Places, Chichester: Phillimore.

Dodgson, J. and Palmer, J. (eds.) (1992) Domesday Book: Index of Names, Chichester: Phillimore.

Palmer, J.J.N., Palmer, M. and Slater, G. (2000) Domesday Explorer, Chichester: Phillimore. ISBN 978-1-86077-163-7

Palmer, J.J.N. (1998) 'War and Domesday waste', in M. Strickland (ed.) Armies, Chivalry and Warfare in Medieval Britain and France: Proceedings of the 1995 Harlaxton Symposium, Stamford, pp. 256-75.

Palmer, J.J.N. (2000) 'The wealth of the secular aristocracy in 1086', Anglo-Norman Studies, 22, pp. 279-91.

Palmer, J. J. N. (2001) 'Great Domesday on CD-ROM' in E.M. Hallam and D.R. Bates (eds.) Domesday Book: new directions, pp. 137-48; 211-14.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Hewitt, C.E.M. (2016) The Battle of Hastings: a geographic perspective, University of Western Ontario. Retrieved July 19, 2016 from (UWO Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository, paper 3628).


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