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William the Conqueror commissioned the Domesday Book

Posted in Historical articles, History, Invasions on Tuesday, 30 October 2012

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This edited article about the Domesday Book originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 775 published on 20th November 1975.

The Domesday Book, picture, image, illustration

Norman clerks gathering information from villagers for the Domesday Book by Peter Jackson

On 15th November 1087 work on that unique record, the Domesday Book, was completed. William the Conqueror had the work compiled to give details of every hamlet and village, manor and town in the England of the day. In later centuries the Census would serve much the same purpose for the Government of the day. Such records are an invaluable source of information for people researching their family history.

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