Complete list of place names (mostly manors)
Recognised towns with their owners and features
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The Domesday survey for Dorset formed part of the Exon Domesday volume and
was completed around the year 1086. It was actually carried out by Norman
commissioners, nobility and bishops and included the kind of information
not necessarily gathered today.
The material on this site comes from a copy of the Exon Domesday made before 1815 and reproduced by the Birmingham Law Society. The translation from latin was made by the Rev. William Bawden, M.A., vicar of Hooton Pagnell, Yorkshire. The historical notes on the Dorset Domesday were made by Rev. John Hutchins M.A. rector of Holy Trinity in Wareham and of Swyre in Dorset.
The original latin of the Domesday survey is difficult to decipher even by those who studied latin at school so the English translation is provided! See the latin abbreviations page for more about this. As far as possible, the text has been provided in cut-and-paste-able format as well for those homework projects.
The Domesday survey is possibly the first activity in history which definitely would have benefited from the use of a computer database. It details mainly owners of various named areas or manors, the people and resources and the value. This page acts as an index to the town-, area- and owner-specific domesday book entries as well as giving the list of 58 landowners in Dorsetshire.
These pages are under construction, as fast as we can do it.
Landholders in Dorsetshire
The Domesday Story
English Legal History
BBC Domesday Book
Buy Domesday CDRom!
origin of "hundred"
BBC Domesday Book
William the Conqueror
UK GOV Domesday