The National Archives Labs

Domesday on a map

Please note, as we are no longer continuing to develop this tool, we intend to remove it from Labs by the end of March 2014.

This tool enables you to search and browse over 90% of the places mentioned in Domesday Book.

The easiest way to get started is to simply search by place name or post code; from there you can zoom and pan around the map to further investigate Domesday. We have also created two experimental functions that indicate places mentioned in Domesday Book likely to be of Viking origin or that are related to cranes (the bird) – use the ‘Map extras’ link to turn these on or off. Place names have been automatically extracted and located on the map, so some errors may occur. Please let us know if you find any and we will correct them.

What is Domesday?

Domesday Book was William the Conqueror’s great survey of England of 1086. It is our most famous and earliest surviving public record, a highly detailed survey and valuation of all the land held by the King and his chief tenants, along with all the resources that went with the land in late eleventh century England. The survey was a massive enterprise, and the record of that survey, Domesday Book, was a remarkable achievement. There is nothing like it in England until the censuses of the 19th century.

Comments (116)

  • Maureen Knight

    I found it very easy to use but since I first used I now find the map will not load in IE but it does in Firefox. I think this is due to Microsoft’s last security update, I found that it wasn’t the pop up blocker.

    Maybe this is why others are having problems

  • Andrew

    Out of curiosity, why have you included ‘estimated place boundaries’ for Domesday places and how did you estimate them?

    The National Archives reply:

    Hi Andrew,
    The estimated place boundaries were included to give an overview of the density of places mentioned in the Domesday Book at the intermediate zoom levels. At the lower zoom levels, the density heatmap is sufficiently detailed and at the higher zoom levels the places can be displayed individually. The intermediate zoom levels presented a problem, as the heatmap is not sufficiently precise, but at the same time the large number of places to display would mean that if all were displayed the application would become excessively slow. The estimated place boundaries presented a compromise, they are more detailed than the heatmap and give an estimated view of how dense the actual Domesday places are in that area, but at the same time are simple enough that the application remains responsive.

    The estimated place boundaries were determined using a geometric method called a Voronoi diagram. Basically the boundary lines represent those points that are an equal distance from the closest two or Domesday places and all points within a single boundary are those that are closest to Domesday place that sits inside that boundary. The boundaries are purely geometric and in no way imply that this is where the boundaries ran at the time Domesday Book was written.

    We are working on an update where the estimated place boundaries are faded out, when the individual places become visible, to reduce their impact when browsing at the most detailed level.

  • Karl Eichner

    I have the same probeelm with IE. I turned off the pop up blocker and all filtering. When I entered a location, I got an error message and the page was frozen.

  • Dr GM Draper

    I would most certainly like to know how and why you have included so-called ‘estimated place boundaries’. DB does not record them. Places (i.e. manors, towns and other settlements) in DB were often not discrete settlements anyway, nor by any means always located where modern settlements of the same name are! Is this a mapping exercise too far!?

    The National Archives reply:

    Dr Draper,
    thank you for your interest in this new application. We have replied in full to an earlier similar query, this should appear a couple of comments above your own on the page, but to summarise , these boundaries are intended to give the user an idea of the density of Domesday-mentioned places in the viewed area while the map is at an intermediate zoom level. They are not meant to signify boundaries that existed in Domesday.

    This application is, as with all applications on the Labs site, still in development, so we welcome your feedback and suggestions regarding anything you like, or think doesn’t work and can be improved.

    We hope you continue to use the site and let us know what you think as applications are further developed.

  • Steve Draper

    With IE you need to select “compatibility mode”, this allows sites to be displayed when they have been designed for old browsers. You’ll now see the map scroll and zoom controls.
    Then the map will come up with a permanent “loading” animation. It’s actually there, but zoomed out so far that the whole world is a dot. Click the zoom + button and a map of the world appears. The quickest way to get to the right bit of the UK is to double click repeatedly to centre and zoom-in on your target.
    When you zoom in far enough the general density colouring will vanish, the weird boundary lines will appear, and the Domesday Places symbol will appear in the legend. Unfortunately I can’t make it appear on the map itself, so can’t drill down into the Domesday records.
    The Crane symbol seems to work ok, although the linguistic basis for the choice of “Crane places” seems as dubious as the basis of the estimated place boundaries.

  • Lin Wright

    Saw the site advertised in the Bucks Herald but for whatever reason the maps don’t show apart from a very thin strip. Not really a lot of use.

  • M.Hill

    Unable to download maps with XP. Not much use really!

  • Eric Rose

    Had the same problems with IE8 but used Google Chrome and it works perfectly. Chrome can be downloaded from Google free of charge.

  • Peter Jones

    Went to look at Doomsday map but all I got for nearly FIVE minutes was ‘LOADING’ Does anything else happen. I use Internet Explorer and noted previous comment by Maureen Knight

  • Ms Baker

    Was really excited when this email came through and clicked the tab it then took 20 mins to download and then wouldnt load any further when I clicked on the ‘get started’ tab!

  • Lesley Watts

    I can view the map OK, but it appears to be just a modern road map. The legend key is visible but I can’t see any Domesday places marked on the map at any zoom level, even where I know there should be some. I am using Firefox. Is there something wrong with map, the browser, or the way I am using it?

  • Linda Dutton

    I used Google Chrome and its took absolutely ages to load. I then ended up with what looked like an ordinary Google map. The Domesday data didn’t load unfortunately. Shame.

  • Peter

    It takes forever (over 5 minutes) to load even though I have a reasonably fast (6Mb) Broadband connection.

  • Bob Rust

    After the email invite, using XP IE set to ‘compatability’ at 8Mb wasted half an hour getting loading symbol and a blank mauve rectangle. Bugs need ironing.

  • Roger Holmes

    Using Safari on a Mac the OS Map loads fine, then get covered by a pink translucency and question marks in blue boxes making it hard to read then it says loading for ages and no Domesday markers appear. I zoomed in and I zoomed out but nothing when centred onpostcode TN26 3EQ. Surely Maidstone or somewhere nearby is mentioned. I know my home may have been inaccessible forest in the 11th century but there must have been some places in mid Kent mentioned. I clicked on the contact us button at the bottom of the page and it says the URL does not exist.

  • DEREK DUDDINGTON

    My fire wall is blocking the active X content so I cannot interact with the map

  • Roger

    Took ages to load. Was still showing loading after map appeared.
    Although it says the orange areas are on the Domesday map, there is no detail and I don’t understand how the modern map relates.
    I’m using Google Chrome via Tisacali broadband.

  • AFat Paul

    I used the email link received this am… url wouldn’t load, tried agian later… wouldn’t load.

    Finally arrived here, three hours later, now waiting for the Postcode to dpownload.

    So far I have biled three kettles and cooked a ham shank!

    I wonder if there are just too many people trying to acces sthe site and it’s crashing?

    Ho hum… so looking forward to seeing this innovative attempt…. after ten years research! NOt sure I have ten years left in me!

  • patrick Nagle

    same kit as Roger Holmes same problem as Roger pink pink pink !

  • Duncan Clee

    First impressions…

    Under “Enter a location” the “Searching…” text and “wait logo” are still going on and on…

    In spite of this I can use the map, which responds quickly. However, the “wait logo” is centred on the map, precisely over the point where I am trying to zoom in to. Could you move it to one side, so that we can repeatedly zoom in by clicking without having to drag the map to one side first?

  • Duncan Clee

    Second impressions…

    Apart from allowing me to zoom around a modern map of the UK, what does this actually do?

    (Firefox 3.6.11, updated yesterday)

  • Joyce Malarkey

    Tried to load the page nothing happening at all ,,, just keeps coming up loading error on page –what a waste of time .. Very disappointed to say the least .

  • Sharon Murray

    I got the message at the end of this comment when I first clicked on Get Started, but setting IE to compatibility mode seemed to fix it.

    Maps are a fantastic tool for local and family historians. (Have a look at the Cheshire TIthe Maps at http://maps.cheshire.gov.uk/tithemaps/)

    Are there any plans to digitise any other maps held by the TNA in the future?

    Keep up the good work,
    Sharon

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  • Elizabeth Howard

    I have the same problem it just does not upload .

  • StuartP

    Will not work on Mac in Firefox, Chrome or Safari – just sits “searching” and processes base map but that is all. Lots of errors about “server could not be found” in the Safari activity logs.

  • Simon Mortimore

    I have tried it in Chrome and IE and when I enter a search parameter get the searching icon but nothing happens after this

  • Pat

    As with many others, I have tried to use this in IE and it has been “loading” for the past ten minutes but nothing else has happened and no maps have loaded. It’s a shame because this looked as though it was going to be a useful and interesting tool.

  • Peter Scales

    I’m with Lesley Watts – I can only see a road map. Firefox 3.6.10 running on Windows 2000 with all SPs and patches.

  • Lee Mumbray-Williams

    This is currently deeply frustrating; I’m not getting anywhere despite several attempts. When the problems are ironed out it’s going to be a really useful tool for my students.

  • Frankie Liles

    The Doomsday Map will not load. Also, apparently I cannot even submit this comment until I was told to type 40 characters!

  • Maggie D

    Trying to use this as Ancestry and Teaching tool for school. Not loading at all, pink ’sheet’ with unopened boxes. Couldn’t even find Berkshire – I have domesday book for Berkshire – so I know it is there. Why release something that doesn’t work or give clearer instructions please.

  • phil

    Good idea shame it doesn’t work!. blah blah blah just having to make it more than 40 letters.

  • Roger Stacey

    I have the same problem as Leslie Watts (20 October at 10.47). Any answers?

  • Webmaster

    We’re very sorry to those of you who are having trouble accessing the ‘Domesday on a map’ application.

    We are working to fix the problem as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and do visit back soon and give the Domesday tool another try.

  • AlanE

    A modern road Map loaded OK but couldn’t get anything else to appear e.g. Map Extras and colours etc.
    I couldn’t see any Domesday places marked on the map at any zoom level, tried Warwickshire area. I am using Firefox.

  • Amanda Mather

    Had problems loading map and cannot see any Domesday sites at all – will try other suggestions on this subject; also, just a small observation, there is a spelling error – cemetery appears (in GL7 4HL post code area) as ‘cemetary’.

  • Gillian Devine

    Haven’t been able to access the Domesday information but noticed the following three transcript errors on the map
    Frencham Road should be Frensham Road
    Hatchhouse farm should be Hale House
    Crossways is the area at the cross roads not the name of a road.

  • Alan O'Brien

    Tried several times today but the system just hangs search after I input a place names.

  • peter lapper

    It looks a good idea, but dose not work for me. I have windows vista system.

  • Don

    Problems with IE?
    What a surprise!
    Try Firefox or Chrome – both free and free of Microsoft and its bugs

  • KH

    Shame stilll not working!

  • Eric Hill

    Still having problems will try another time.

    Nice idea, hope you can sort it out.

  • Geoff Lamy

    It is just a never ending’ loading’ process!!

  • Fionnghal

    hi, seemed like a good idea till i found i couldn’t load any maps – or photos from history photo finder. I don’t believe if was Firefox’s fault. maybe everyone flooding it. if i remember about it I’ll try in a month when things have quietened down. if it isn’t that, it’s too slow for anyone’s patience

  • Amazed

    Why don’t you check things first. This is very amateurish. I won’t be coming back as there are too many sites that work properley

  • Nina

    It will be soooooo nice when it works correctly

  • Diannia

    Same prob, not loading. The list of location links flashed umder the search tab but then disappeared and the search went back to loading

  • Tony

    Just keeps saying ‘loading’ and no orange symbols appear – Chrome and XP in slow rural area. So useless so far!

  • Paul Naylor

    Nothing happens, just stuck on loading, ridiculous to tell people to use it before it is ready

  • Loz

    …..loading……..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …………….. so disappointed

  • Annabelle

    Can’t download maps in XP. Presumably you’ve tested this beforehand – but it ain’t working!

  • Ian Jones

    Like Roger Holmes, I’m using Safari on an Apple/Mac. The map of UK loads quickly but covered with a pink haze and ? marks, no Domesday markers. No problem zooming and moving around. I searched for Kendal, Windermere, Preston and finally Canterbury. No results for any of these.

  • peter Levarre-Waters

    still wont load past the std google map, I use win7 & IE7.. it will be worth sending a new email update when the problem is fixed

  • Alan

    Can’t get started at all. First would not load, then said it was loading. Inbetween everywhere I searched there were no Photo’s.
    Waste of time at the moment……

  • richard isaac

    The search engine is not functioning.
    Endless location searches failed to produce
    any maps. You will have to get the coder back
    on the job.

  • Colin

    What a colossal waste of money e-mailing thousands of users without even conducting rudimentary tests to ensure it was working. Unbelievable.

  • Tony

    Thanks for the work that you have put into this project. I hope that everyone will show a little patience. The wait for the fix will be most worthwhile.

  • Carolyn

    I have tried to enter places such as London, but says it cannot locate . What should I be entering?

  • Agnes

    worked very well on my old laptop on IE. Typed in a post code, map came up in squares pink showing villages and lilac squares showing nothing. Red blobs all over in both pink and lilac squares, clicked on them, some loaded and produced the name of the village with information such as a list of names, mostly unrecognizable, some carried on loading showing nothing. Kirkham which I thought ws in the Domesday book didn’t seem to have a blob. Great Plumpton did and loaded so I ordered and paid £2 for something that will be sent by email but I have no idea what it is

  • Dr Michael Steer

    It’s a great idea, but I haven’t yet been able to download it. It’s turned out to be an extraordinary time-waster

  • Tom Dempsey

    any half decent webdesigner would have tried out their webpage on the five most popular browsers using MacOS, Linux and Microsoft before inflicting it on the general public

  • Teresa

    Guess you’ve fixed your technical problems – yesterday I couldn’t get access, today it’s fine.

    But Gillingham, Dorset (Gelingeha in the Domesday book I understand) seems to be missing _ I have used the search and looked for the orange icon, neither shows an entry. In view of your comment “Place names have been automatically extracted and located on the map, so some errors may occur.” I checked the other Gillinghams to see if the info. had landed on them but they don’t appear to have entries either.

  • Paul Mason

    Same problem as several others…too long to download so gave up.
    Is it a micrsoft problem? If so can you get in touch with them to get them to fix it.

  • Roger

    still says “loading” – hopeless !!

  • Theo Gray

    The important data on the page appears to be linking to the host gis.nationalarchives.web.local instead of gis.nationalarchives.gov.uk.

    I have just tried adding the following line into my hosts file and the majority of the site then works really well:
    193.132.104.91 gis.nationalarchives.web.local

    There are also links to dev.nationalarchives.web.local including the header graphics and Contact Us link at the bottom of the page; these presumably should actually be pointed at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk.

    Looks great with the Domesday GIS data working properly :-)

  • allan cooke

    im having trouble getting a map or maps on a project im doing . Skellow Hall , Skellow , near Doncaster South Yorkshire is about all the information i can give , please help as going back to 1550 to 1650 would be good. thank you

  • allan cooke

    COULD ANYONE HELP, IM LOOKING FOR MAPS FROM THE DOOMSDAY TO 1600 ON SKELLOW HALL, SKELLOW DONCASTER SOUTH YORKSHIRE, PLEASE

  • Dr Bethany Sinclair, Archivist, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

    As an aficionado of maps and mapping strategies, I have tried this website three times, and finally on the third attempt, I was able to get access to my home town of Orpington in Kent and find all the related Domesday sites near ‘Orpintun’ … this is a fledging resource still under development but in terms of a tool within cultural mapping, it will be an excellent resource once it’s completed with all hitches ironed out.

  • Des Hughes

    I too was unable to upload

  • Dennis De Wilde

    I haven’t been able to access the site yet, but I understand and thank you for your followup letter. I look forward to using the site, when it is up and running. Cheers

  • John Dean

    Tried DD map yesterday and it worked fine on a Mac using Firefox. Map server technology never works perfectly first time. This is a very useful resource. DD book is essentially spatial data and DD map is a potentially invaluable tool for exploratory data analysis.

  • Brian Miller

    Time consuming download. Place names taken from the Domesday Book not recognised but postcodes are. No markers for Dover or Deal – or anywhere!

  • Geoff Matthews

    What a wonderful tool for people like myself studying for a Masters Dergree in History (currently on Medieval history) What a pit that i cannot open it in IE. How on earth could you have a program that does not open in the software that Possibly 95 % of the nation use. A great pity

  • StuartP

    Well it works now – but there are mapping errors. If I search for BRERETON (in Cheshire) it incorrectly locates BRERETON (in Staffordshire) but the click-through to the National Archives main site gives me the correct data for Brereton (Cheshire). So its locating the wrong settlement on the map but giving the correct Domesday entry! I checked the validity of the Domesday entry at http://domesday.pase.ac.uk/.
    The PASE site is also a very good resource and overlaps with what is trying to be achieved here. Perhaps all parties should get together and provide one definitive resource?

    The National Archives reply:

    StuartP,
    Thank you very much for highlighting an error in our automatically geo-referenced data. The automatic nature of the process that created the Domesday map data unfortunately means that a number of such errors will slip through. Our current estimates are that about 5% of the automatic geo-references are incorrect. We are working to improve the geo-referencing algorithms, which should further reduce the number of errors and also on methods to simplify the way in which you can provide us with feedback about these errors.

  • Gus Tysoe

    Thank you for the explanatory e-sending this morning – it at least explains a part of the problems I encountered 2 days ago.
    But I’m sorry to have to inform you that after some 10 minutes of watching the “loading propellor” I still can’t reach the map itself. I’m using Windows XP and Internet Explorer with the most recent updates.
    I do hope you’ll be able to fully-fix – I’ll be patient…..

    Gus

  • Ruth Morgan

    Unfortunately wasted a lot of time trying to open this before seeing comments! All I could find was south pole and coast of Nigeria! What those have to do with Domesday I have no idea.

  • F Clarke-Rowland

    Requested Sheffield, S. Yorks. Stopped loading after 10 min and on zooming in found I was centered in Ghana. There were not many doomsday towns there so scrolled north to Burkina Faso and found no Doomsday places there either. A powerful tool for anyone researching the Norman takeover of Africa in 1066.

  • H S

    Clicked in once, but no back button when I wanted to change area. Then tried to click in from the home page countless times, but no response. Good idea though, once everything is ironed out. Dismayed to find I’d have to pay for info despite waiting for ages for any kind of website response and this being a beta site. There would be more incentive to try it out if results are free for a while.

  • Jan

    Works fine on MacBook using Safari. A wonderful tool.

  • Lyn Blewitt

    Oh dear. Great tool if it worked – I too had delays loading (running XP, through the AOL e-mail address, with BT Internet as my ISP). I entered Droitwich, which has the highest number of entries across DB of all place-names in the country – and got ‘not found’. It also doesn’t show up on the map. More work to do, please!!

  • AnnB

    Loaded no problem in laptop using Windows 7 but on my desktop using XP would only load after 5mins or so to a road map. Suggest XP users are not going to be able to use it unless you can come up with an answer.

  • BG

    Extremely poor – you need to start again – no data loaded – gave up three times – very few photographs

  • Susan Young

    The map is not loading (or perhaps taking too long to load). I earlier looked at the Dixon photographic collection and have now found both applications to be absolutely frustrating to navigate and to obtain, quickly, the desired information. While these two application ‘look’ very pretty, sleek and sophisticated, I think the archives needs to bear in mind that people searching its collections are generally very experienced researchers who want to be able to access the data, a) in as least many steps as possible; b) demand indexed text links to permit rapid switching of locations with some indication if content is available or not; c) master index to a particular geographical area, e.g. index the places available in Kent as a whole, rather than having to think about which place to search next only to discover that there was no information for that place in any event. To a novice researcher, (and I have taught many) each of these new applications would just confuse them and frustrate them entirely. I’m afraid that what could have been very useful collections and facilities online are now not even going to be considered by me as serious research stops, in future, unless many changes to functionality are made.

  • Chris Willis

    Domesday doesn’t workfor me. I tried Yateley, then Winchester and Alresford. I sometimes got a link below the box, but never gotan actual map display. Error message below.

    Chris Willis

    Webpage error details

    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; GTB6.5; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.648; .NET CLR 3.5.21022; eSobiSubscriber 2.0.4.16; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729)
    Timestamp: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 17:06:53 UTC

    Message: Unspecified error.
    Line: 634
    Char: 186
    Code: 0
    URI: http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/javascript/OpenLayers-2.9.1.js

    Message: ‘this.getExtent()’ is null or not an object
    Line: 853
    Char: 506
    Code: 0
    URI: http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/javascript/OpenLayers-2.9.1.js

    Message: ‘this.getExtent()’ is null or not an object
    Line: 853
    Char: 506
    Code: 0
    URI: http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/javascript/OpenLayers-2.9.1.js

    Message: ‘this.getExtent()’ is null or not an object
    Line: 853
    Char: 506
    Code: 0
    URI: http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday/javascript/OpenLayers-2.9.1.js

  • yvonne herne

    Tried a couple of places without success so put in Norwich which is shown on the map and this too came up as ‘not found’

  • ken gittins

    Good results with downloads using Google Chrome. Enjoyed seeing photos from the twenties and thirties days. The names of people in DB are fascinating.

  • Janet Burgess

    Cannot download the map. Could someone explain where I would find the compatibility mode?

  • John Dunsford

    I have tried two villages with no result,
    One of the – the village of Dunsford I know is in Domesday because I have dwnloaded enroies from TNA – what is happening?!

  • John Gray

    Looking for John Grays

  • John Gray

    Yes, it seems that Apple Mac + Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc. can not make headway!

  • Graham Crisp

    Obviously still very much work in progress. There are a number of townships/parishes to the west of Nottingham that are not included and those that are do not include all references.

  • Fedupfred

    Not printable! Wasted too much time already.

  • steve

    Dosn’t work for me just sits there saying
    loading.

  • Jackie White

    I know the Manor of Woodcroft was in the doomsday book, even Luton Bedfordshire appears but as far as this programme is concerned after waiting nearly 10mins to download it found nothing in the area I was interested in or any of the surrounding area. Not at all easy to use. Not very good.

  • Raymond Williams

    While waiting for the map I asked for the area around York. Your reply, not listed. No York? Back to the drawing board. Please!

  • Valory Hurst

    I left the programme running for over half an hour. The OS map was visible, as were the estimated place boundaries, but no orange markers.

  • BRYAN

    PRETTY HOPELESS PERFORMANCE. PROMISES “LOADING” FOR HOURS BUT NOTHING HAPPENS. RESPONSE FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES IS JUST AS BAD – LOTS OF NEGATIVE COMMENTS FROM WOULD BE USERS BUT NO REPLIES AND NO IMPROVEMENTS.

    The National Archives reply:

    Bryan, we are sorry that you, and some other users, are continuing to experience problems with our Domesday application. Given the large number of similar comments, we tried to address them all in the blog by David Thomas, our Director of Technology, which appears on the right hand side of all the pages on Labs. Please be assured that we are still working to improve the service and do read and take note of all feedback received. Thank you for your time and comments.

  • Grahame Boyett

    Will not load!!!

  • Gina

    Seems there is a problem with uploading the map and info. So many people cannot be doing it wrong. Such a disappointment. Help!!

  • Andy

    Very poor ‘performance’. Was the application ever tested before becoming live?
    Project management for this public sector IT project should be independently scrutinised.

  • David Thomas

    I am sorry if you are not happy with the performance. The idea of Labs is to enable us to try out new services in beta test versions to get user input. These are not meant to be finished products. You and other users are providing us with independent scrutiny.
    David

  • John B.T. Low

    It is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard. Typical government run set up where the idea is good but always fail to deliver! I dread to think how much money has been wasted on this.

    The National Archives reply:

    As mentioned in the response above, the essence of Labs is to enable us to try out new services in beta test versions to get user feedback. All the prototypes on the Labs site are trials which have been produced at very low cost. They are purposefully not finished products so that, before we invest, we are able to find out what you – the user – thinks about them and whether you would find them useful. This will then help us focus our limited funding and resources in a way that supports our customers best. We appreciate your feedback and hope that you will find some of the tools trialled here useful and engaging.

  • boadicea

    Fantastic – no problems loading (Chrome). Extremely useful tool… keep up the good work :-)

  • Jan

    It’s working OK today and I found it very interesting. Loads of information available there. Not a waste of time as far as I’m concerned. I’d like to be able to do move the map with the “little hand thing” though like on googlemaps etc.

  • Andrew L

    Like others, I can only get it to work using Firefox, but frankly, that comes as no surprise given Microsoft’s track record.

    As someone with a keen professional interest in both Domesday Book and GIS, I find this to be an interesting experiment in web mapping, but even at beta stage, there are a number of aspects I find far from satisfying.

    The interpolated ‘density of places’ layers (the ‘heat maps’ of Domesday and Viking places) ought to be clipped so they do not extend beyond the coastline. I’ll grant that there has been coastal erosion (sometimes considerable) in a variety of places since the late eleventh century, but the ‘heat maps’ layers extend out beyond the 12-mile limit. Taken literally, the maps suggest there were at least a few Domesday and/or Viking places well into the North Sea or the Channel.

    I am also curious what method of interpolation was used to generate the ‘heat map’ layers. My guess is some kind of density interpolator, but if so, it does not appear that any consideration has been given to edge effects. In the maps presented, the density of places along the coastlines is artificially (and incorrectly, I think) shown as uniformly low.

    Finally, I gather some form of automated, algorithmic method of geolocating the points representing the Domesday places was used. By your own admission (and as indicated by several earlier comments on this blog post), the automated geolocating process has not been perfectly succesful. Did you make any use of the list of identified Domesday places (which includes 4-figure Ordnance Survey National Grid References) in the 2002 Alecto Historical Editions ‘Digital Domesday Book’, and if not, why not? As a digital version of the most scholarly edition of Domesday Book yet, that would seem a good place to start.

    I will be interested to see if and how this resource develops.

  • Ajb

    This tool “This tool enables you to search and browse over 90% of the places mentioned in Domesday Book” has left me both bemused and mistifyed..why anyone should create or advertise this tool especially in conjunction which other excellent reasearch tools and data I do not know…the first load gave me an outline of Africa…didn’t know Kinshasa was in the Doomsday book!! sliding the map up ( a bar or “hand ” useful but not available) arrive at Britain in an impresionist set of colours…no key except that of a yellow blob to indicate Domsday sites…except that there weren’t any even with the scales increased…I got a map of black lined enclosures at three bars from the top of the scale and any further up a red mist appeared over the whole map. Using the enhanced features..the vikings brought up nothing in Yorkshire( I was looking at the East riding in particular as was looking for known sites) but one hit for cranes..a red square which I assume to be Hutton Cranswick south of Driffield although as it was not named and the scale/position a little inaccurate it would have been difficult to identify otherwise. Very disappointing and an opportunity wasted… I know that this is beta but after all these months/comments I assume it will not be going live in this format otherwise it will give a very poor impression

  • Lisa Ward

    Hi there,

    I am writing a thesis relating to the use of georeferencing in order to provide alternative access points for archival material and would like to use the Domesday project as a case study.

    Is there any supporting material for this project that you would be willing to let a poor student use? For example, development brief, evaluations, user analysis etc?

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Kind regards

    Lisa

  • Barry Chinchen

    Estleie (now Eastleigh) in Hampshire is in the Domesday book but was not located by your search.

  • Keith Cornford

    Tried a number of places, some of which I was sure were in Domesday and were shown on the map but did not feature as part of Domesday. However, having a visual map of the Domesday sites in the area was helpful. Is it intended to include other details such as rateable values, activities, hides, areas etc ?

  • Sheila Jubb

    Oct 2013: The map still doesn’t load. But it was good to find that two place I entered are mentioned in the Domesday Book

  • Sheila Jubb

    Map now loaded – by clicking on the map itself. Sorry to not notice that before!

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