The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by
William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time).
The original Domesday Book has survived over 900 years of English history and is currently housed in a specially made chest (see image) at The National Archives in Kew, London. This site has been set up to enable visitors to discover the history of the Domesday Book, to give an insight into life at the time of its compilation, and provide information and links on related topics. There is an excellent glossary at http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/glossary.html
- Domesday archive on line (cumpstonresearch.wordpress.com)