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Map Position
This map shows the position of domesday locations for the county of Essex. centered on Great Notley in Essex.
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 > 120 people
Wasted < 20 people

Population of Essex at Domesday in AD1086


This map shows the population size and distribution of villages in Essex 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 424 Domesday Villages in 1086AD shown is 13025
This would equate to a Fyrd(national service) of approximately 781 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 4348 
Smallholders 7228
Slaves 1786
Freemen 988 Potential Fyrd
Priests 25
Burgesses 436 Thegns

Occupation Overview
Churches 32
Mills 250
Fisheries 41
Salthouses 44
Ploughs 3983

Land Overview
Meadows 9917 acres
Woodlands 92477 acres

Animals Overview
Cattle 21383931
Horses 478784
Cows 151153
Pigs 782613248
Sheep 2175945878
Beehives 236586

Value(geld) 38995405

Hundreds population and villages
Population excludes slaves
Hundred Villages Population
Babergh 2 219
Barstable 37 877
Becontree 11 949
Chafford 11 319
Chelmsford 35 855
Clavering 9 253
Colchester 2 306
Dunmow 20 686
Freshwell 13 377
Harlow 13 363
Hinckford 57 1678
Ipswich 1 326
Lexden 24 684
Ongar 24 501
Ossulstone 1 117
Rochford 27 497
Sandford 1 96
Tendring 35 1013
Thingoe 1 128
Thriplow 1 54
Thunderlow 2 49
Thurstable 8 197
Uttlesford 30 997
Waltham 4 221
Wibrihtesherne 28 461
Winstree 9 289
Witham 18 513
Totals 424 13025
TotalsAll 424 13025

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: 29/11/2023 12:19
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Data is derived from a number or sources including the Ordnance Survey Gazetter data overlayed onto Google Maps