What is the Domesday book?• The Domesday book is the first official record of property owners in England.• The Domesday book is actually two independent works, the Little Domesday and the Great Domesday.
The Purpose• One of the main purposes of the survey was to determine who held what and what taxes had been liable under Edward the Confessor.• Whatever the book said about who held the material wealth or what it was worth, was the law, and there was no appeal.
UsesUsed for many centuries for administrativeand legal purposes, the Domesday Book isthe starting point for most local historiansresearching the history of their area.
Anglo-Saxon Chronicleall over England into every shire [to] find out how manyhides there were in the shire, what land and cattle theking had himself in the shire, what dues he ought to havein twelve months from the shire. Also he had a recordmade of how much land his archbishops had, his bishopsand his abbots and his earls, and what or how mucheveryone who was in England had.... So very narrowly didhe have it investigated that there was no single hide noryard of land, nor indeed ... one ox or cow or pig which wasleft out and not put down in his record, and these recordswere brought to him afterwards
ImportanceIt is the oldest public record and one of themost remarkable statistical document inthe history of Europe.
The importance to today’s lifeIt was similar to a census as carried outnowadays and its main purpose was to havea record of all land, property and people inthe country so that taxes could be raised.