The Dorset Domesday begins with this text about the four major towns or boroughs which is summarised below.
  • Dore Cestre (Dorchester)
    Houses: (King Edward's time) 172, (now) 88
     
  • Brideport (Bridport)
    Houses: (King Edward's time) 120, (now) 100
     
  • Warham (Wareham)
    In the King's demesne:
    Houses: (King Edward's time) 143, (now) 70
    belonging to St. Wendrille:
    Houses: 45
    belonging to other barons:
    Houses: 20

     
  • Sceptesberie (Shaftesbury)
    In the King's demesne:
    Houses: (King Edward's time) 104, (now) 66 belonging to the Abbess:
    Houses: (King Edward's time) 153, (now) 111
     

Questions for the reader:

  • what happened to the missing houses between King Edward's time and the survey?
  • why on earth were there twenty empty mansions in Shaftesbury?