Domesday Book

Survey of England drawn up by order of William the Conqueror in 1086 and then stored in the box above. The Survey's function was to register all taxable holdings; since many lands and buildings were exempt from taxation especially those owned by religious houses not all are noted.

Before its rebinding in the 1980's (into a more-manageable five volumes) the Survey consisted of two volumes. One covering Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, the other the remainder of England with the exception of Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland and northern Westmorland. London and Winchester are also omitted. (Northumberland and Durham were subsequently covered by what is known as the Boldon Book.)

The two volumes of the survey acquired the name 'Exchequer Domesday' (Great and Little) as there was no appeal against the judgments based on the evidence in their pages.

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