The first free online copy of Domesday Book
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This is the first free online copy of Domesday Book. The site was built as a non-profit project by Anna Powell-Smith, using data created by Professor J.J.N. Palmer and a team at the University of Hull.

We are now working to make a copyright-free, full-text Latin and English version of Domesday Book available as open data. Follow us on Twitter at @opendomesday.

Where did the original data come from?

The Domesday Book statistics underlying this site were originally collected during the 1990s to create the Domesday Explorer CD-ROM. The data was created by a team led by Professor John Palmer at the University of Hull, funded by the AHRC, and assisted by a Domesday Book translation provided by the publishers Phillimore & Co.

Anna found the data online, and used it to make this site.

Can I get a copy of the data?

Yes! The raw Domesday data has been put online by Hull University, under a CC-BY-SA licence.

Can I copy the folio images?

Yes. They're available under the CC-BY-SA licence, which essentially means that you can use them for commercial and non-commercial projects alike, as long as you credit Professor John Palmer and George Slater - and a mention of this site would be nice!

If you want multiple images, please don't scrape the site - instead get in touch with anna [at] and I can send you a CD.

What is a hide/virgate/carucate?

See the Domesday Explorer helpfiles. More help should follow here shortly - if you have the expertise needed to add it, please get in touch.

AboutContact ❧ Site by Anna Powell-Smith. Domesday data created by Professor J.J.N. Palmer, University of Hull.