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Map Position
This map shows the position of domesday locations for the county of Cheshire. centered on Wettenhall in Cheshire.
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
Damaged < 20 people
Damaged 40‑80 people
Wasted < 20 people
Wasted 20‑40 people

Population of Cheshire at Domesday in AD1086


This map shows the population size and distribution of villages in Cheshire 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 278 Domesday Villages in 1086AD shown is 1132
This would equate to a Fyrd(national service) of approximately 67 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 624 
Smallholders 461
Slaves 170
Priests 27
Burgesses 20 Thegns

Occupation Overview
Churches 17
Mills 22
Fisheries 14
Salthouses 17
Ploughs 476

Land Overview
Plough Land 1014 acres
Meadows 165 acres
Woodlands 456 acres

Animals Overview
No Animal details recorded in Domesday

Value(geld) 325142

Rapes/Hundreds population and villages
Population excludes slaves
Rape Hundred Villages Population
Atis Cross Atis Cross 12 37
Exestan 4 29
Totals 16 66
Broxton Duddeston 3 35
Totals 3 35
South Lancashire Newton 1 16
Salford 4 42
Warrington 1 0
West Derby 37 117
Totals 43 175
Bucklow 21 62
Chester 1 6
Duddeston 32 148
Hamestan 27 37
Middlewich 29 68
Ruloe 16 96
Rushton 23 89
Tunendune 21 74
Warmundestrou 34 138
Willaston 12 138
Totals 216 856
Totals All 278 1132

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: 30/05/2024 08:00
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Data is derived from a number or sources including the Ordnance Survey Gazetter data overlayed onto Google Maps