Complete list of place names (mostly manors)

Recognised towns with their owners and features

Latin abbreviations

Survey details

Specific Places
These entries also have old maps of the town or area

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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
  1. King William.
  2. The Bishop of Salisbury.
  3. And the Monks of Sherborn.
  4. The Bishop of Bayeux.
  5. The Bishop of Coutance.
  6. The Bishop of Lisieux.
  7. The Bishop of London.
  8. The Abbey of Glastonbury.
  9. Abbey of Winton.
  10. Abbey of Cranburn.
  11. Abbey of Cern.
  12. Abbey of Middleton, or Milton.
  13. Abbey of Abbotsbury.
  14. Abbey of Horton.
  15. Abbey de Athelyne.
  16. Abbey of Tavistock.
  17. Abbey of Caen (St. Stephen's).
  18. Abbey of St. Wandragesil, or Fontanelle.
  19. Abbess of Shaftesbury.
  20. Abbess of Wilton.
  21. Abbess of Caen (Trinity).
  22. Abbess de Montvilliers.
  23. Canons of Coutance.
  24. Reinbald the priest, and other clerks.
  25. Earl Alan (of Brettany).
  26. Earl Moreton.
  27. Earl Hugh.
  28. Roger de Belmont.
  29. Roger de Curcelle.
  30. Robert Fitz-Girold.
  31. Edward de Salisbury.
  32. Ernulph de Hesding.
  33. Turstin son of Rolf.
  34. William de Ow.
  35. William de Faleise.
  36. William de Mouin.
  37. William de Braiose.
  38. William de Schohies.
  39. Walscin de Douuai.
  40. Waleran the Hunstsman.
  41. Walter de Clavile.
  42. Baldwin de Exeter.
  43. Berenger Gifard.
  44. Osbern Gifard.
  45. Aluredus Hispaniensis.
  46. Maci de Moretania (Mortaign).
  47. Roger de Arundel.
  48. Serlo de Burei.
  49. Aiulfus the Sheriff.
  50. Humphrey the Chamberlain.
  51. Hugh de Port.
  52. Hugh de St.Quintin.
  53. Hugh de Boscherberti.
  54. Hugh de Luri, and other Foreigners (all Francs).
  55. Wife of Hugh, son of Grip. Iseldis.
  56. Gudmund, and other Thanes.
  57. William Belet, and other servants of the King.
  58. Countess of Boulogne.
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