Saxon Seaxe Anglo Saxon History
Map Position
This map shows the position of domesday locations for the county of Herefordshire. centered on Wellington in Herefordshire.
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
Damaged < 20 people
Damaged 20‑40 people
Damaged 40‑80 people
Damaged > 120 people
Wasted < 20 people
Wasted 20‑40 people
Wasted 40‑80 people

Population of Herefordshire at Domesday in AD1086


This map shows the population size and distribution of villages in Herefordshire 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 297 Domesday Villages in 1086AD shown is 8517
This would equate to a Fyrd(national service) of approximately 511 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 5529 
Cottagers 17 Thegns
Smallholders 2775
Slaves 1378
Freemen 18 Potential Fyrd
Priests 151
Burgesses 27 Thegns

Occupation Overview
Churches 22
Mills 254
Fisheries 20
Salthouses 6
Ploughs 6328

Land Overview
Plough Land 658 acres
Meadows 507 acres
Woodlands 137 acres

Animals Overview
No Animal details recorded in Domesday

Value(geld) 7391140

Rapes/Hundreds population and villages
Population excludes slaves
Rape Hundred Villages Population
Wales Castle 1 0
Hezetre 6 0
Leintwardine 1 0
Totals 8 0
Archenfield 11 102
Bromsash 15 208
Castlery 2 61
Conditre 1 311
Cutestornes 17 227
Dinedor 8 116
Elsdon 23 136
Ewias 1 0
Greytree 10 148
Hezetre 26 635
Leintwardine 11 78
Lene 1 30
Leominster 28 3728
Plegelgete 18 518
Radlow 21 279
Sellack 1 0
Stepleset 13 106
Stradel 16 93
Stretford 21 238
Tornelaus 20 515
Wimundestreu 12 243
Wolfhay 12 740
Wormelow 1 5
Totals 289 8517
Totals All 297 8517

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