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 at The National Archives in Kew,
This site has been set up to enable visitors to discover the history of the Domesday Book, and to give an insight into life at the time of its compilation, and provide information and links on related