Saxon Seaxe Anglo Saxon History
Map Position
This map shows the position of domesday locations for the county of Berkshire. centered on Wantage in Berkshire.
Map Logic
This map shows the relative population size and damage of villages after the Norman Conquest in 1066AD. The data is derived from the Open Domesday Book(links provided at the bottom of the page). The black lines show known Roman Roads, the Red ones ancient trackways(Ivan D Margary), with the purple ones showing implied Roman roads provided by place names.
Icon Key:
Not Effected < 20 people
Not Effected 20‑40 people
Not Effected 40‑80 people
Not Effected 80‑120 people
Not Effected > 120 people
Damaged < 20 people
Damaged 20‑40 people
Damaged 40‑80 people
Damaged 80‑120 people

Population of Berkshire at Domesday in AD1086


This map shows the population size and distribution of villages in Berkshire after the Norman Conquest in 1086AD.

The plotted data is an extract from the Open Domesday Book.
Many thanks to the works of Professor John Palmer, George Slater and without whose contribution this site could not have been created.

Total Population(ex slaves) of the 204 Domesday Villages in 1086AD shown is 5866
This would equate to a Fyrd(national service) of approximately 351 soldiers.

Please Note that the estimate for the Fyrd is based on 6% of the
population(excluding Priests and Slaves) being eligible for military duties.

Summary of Domesday information for this map

Population Overview
Villagers 3099 
Cottagers 727 Thegns
Smallholders 2033
Slaves 870
Freemen 4 Potential Fyrd
Priests 3

Occupation Overview
Churches 64
Mills 184
Fisheries 68
Ploughs 2128

Land Overview
Plough Land 2215 acres
Meadows 11313 acres
Woodlands 2651 acres

Animals Overview
No Animal details recorded in Domesday

Value(geld) 29043165

Hundreds population and villages
Population excludes slaves
Hundred Villages Population
Benson 4 168
Beynhurst 7 222
Binfield 1 41
Blewbury 9 318
Bray 1 73
Bucklebury 6 91
Charldon 8 217
Dorchester 1 148
Eagle 10 164
Gainfield 10 244
Headington 2 40
Highworth 1 23
Hildslow 7 200
Hormer 9 352
Kintbury 13 253
Kinwardstone 1 34
Lambourn 3 176
Langtree 3 81
Marcham 13 308
Nakedthorn 11 224
Pyrton 4 153
Reading 21 440
Ripplesmere 7 78
Rowbury 6 228
Shrivenham 2 154
Slotisford 7 271
Sutton 9 406
Thame 1 8
Thatcham 12 209
Wantage 10 403
Wyfold 5 139
Totals 204 5866
TotalsAll 204 5866

External References in no particular order :-
Anglo Saxon Chronicles
Online Anglo Saxon dictionary
Online Etymology dictionary
Open Domesday Book - The first free online copy of the Domesday Book
The Ermine Street Guard Roman re-enactment and research Society
The "Kent A" cadastre - page 5 - Peterson 2002
Archaeologia Cantiana Online
Romney Marsh Research Trust
Romney Marsh the Fifth Continent
VillageNet the reference guide to villages in Kent & Sussex
Global warming Flood Maps
The Anglo Saxon Chronicles
Google Maps - the core of the system
GeoPlaner - Useful site for plotting map data
Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars 55BC(Books 4 & 5)
Wikipedia - Caesar's invasions of Britain
Wikipedia - Portus Istus
The Geography of Claudius Ptolemy (Bill Thayers)
Runetree Beowulf
Bayeux Tapestry Online
The Secrets of the Norman Invasion
Chronicles of John of Worcester
Battle Historic Society
Binsted village website(Mearcredesburnan Steðe)
The Spears of Andred
Find British Archaelogical Sites
Wealden Iron Research Group
Topographic Map of the UK


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Author: Simon M - Last Updated: 13/03/2024 13:12
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Data is derived from a number or sources including the Ordnance Survey Gazetter data overlayed onto Google Maps