The Domesday Book - one of the most valuable records of the UK's past history. In 1086 William the Conquerer commanded a survey of the country for taxation purposes. Over 13,000 villages and hamlets were surveyed mainly south of the the Ribble and Tees rivers. The Domesday Book contains fascinating information such as land ownership, livestock and even local customs. Now you have the opportunity to discover your town or village's distant past (if it was mentioned in the Domesday Book of course). Use the search above to access the extract for your town or village, view the actual page text, translation into modern English and a 5 page glossary of terms.