Domesday freely available on the internet
Article dated: 11 February 2008
Domesday Book (1086) is the oldest and most famous public record, the 'jewel in the crown' of The National Archives. The history of the great majority of English towns and villages begins with Domesday Book which records - as one disgruntled contemporary complained - every sheep, cow and pig in the country, as well as every landowner, peasant and taxpayer and their resources. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of social and economic data of the pre-industrial world.
Electronic editions have become available in recent years, but at prohibitive cost; and the social and economic statistics simply did not exist. Now all of this data has been made freely available over the internet by a research team led by Professor John Palmer of the University of Hull - a project judged to be 'outstanding' by the AHRC Peer Review Panel which rates publicly-funded projects. It will be an invaluable resource for social and economic historians and others interested in the early history of their country.
The data can be accessed through the Data Catalogue held at the UKDA. Due to unprecedented demand from the public, and also through the express permission of the creator Professor Palmer, the UKDA is temporarily making this study available for immediate download to all-comers.
(June 2011: Temporary permission for immediate download to all-comers has been withdrawn. See current access conditions in the Data Catalogue record.)
Copies of the Electronic Edition of Domesday Book can be ordered via the 'Download/Order' link on the Data Catalogue record: SN 5694 Electronic Edition of Domesday Book: Translation, Databases and Scholarly Commentary, 1086. The data can be downloaded free of charge.
Users who download this collection of data without registering will not be able to download any of the other holdings of the UKDA without a username and password.