User Tools

Site Tools


« Dictionary Index « Definitions under D

Domesday Book

The register of the lands of England, framed by order of William the Conqueror. It was sometimes termed Rotulus Wintoniae, and was the book from which judgment was to be given upon the value, tenures, and services of the lands therein described.

In 1767, in consequence of an address of the House of Lords, His Majesty George III. gave directions for the publication of this Survey. It was not, however, till after 1770 that the work was actually commenced. Its publication was entrusted to Mr. Abraham Farley, a gentleman of learning as well as of great experience in records, who had almost daily recourse to the book for more than forty years. It was completed early in 1783, having been ten years in passing through the press, and thus became generally accessible to the antiquary and topographer. It was printed in facsimile, as far as regular types, assisted by the representation of original contractions, could imitate the original.

Upper Case

Domesday Book Upper Case Domesday Book Upper Case Enlarge

Lower Case

Domesday Book Lower Case Domesday Book Lower Case Enlarge

The type with which Domesday Book was printed, was destroyed in the dreadful fire which consumed the printing office of Messrs. Nichols in Red Lion Passage, Fleet Street, London, February 8, 1808.

Abbreviations in Domesday Book

from Hutchins's Domesday Book for the County of Dorset.

Abbreviations in Domesday Book

Superior Letters, which are of frequent occurrence in contracted Records, are generally laid in the small capital boxes.

The character & is displaced to make room for domesday-t and 7 on works using those characters exclusively.

There are various characters, such as domesday unfrequent abbreviations, and others, that do not frequently occur, which may be kept in the two boxes in the upper case marked “various;” a general box is necessary in every Domesday case.

The characters cgm barred abbreviations, &c., placed in the figure boxes, are a variation only of cgm flourish abbreviations, &c., and the two sorts are never used together in the same work. See Records.

First PagePrevious PageNext PageLast Page