Domesday Book digitised in online database
11th August 2010
A new online database will allow historians a simple means for
viewing and handling information recorded about English towns in
Experts at the University of Cambridge and King's College London
have digitised the details of the survey, which was collected
between 1085 and 1086 when William the Conqueror was consolidating
The database, which can be accessed for free at
http://domesday.pase.ac.uk, provides a number of useful features.
One function allows people to find out who owned their town or
village during the conquest and create maps showing what other
holdings these landlords had across the country.
Dr Stephen Baxter, a medieval historian from King's College
London, highlighted the difficulties the team faced in creating the
resource, but claimed it will be a 'phenomenally useful research
'Essentially, it's now possible for anyone to do in a few
seconds what it has taken scholars weeks to achieve in the past,'
In June, Cambridge University Library announced plans to convert
thousands of rare science and religious manuscripts into an
electronic format to preserve them for posterity.