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Map Position
This map shows the position of domesday locations for the county of Hertfordshire. centered on Hertford in Hertfordshire.
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
Damaged < 20 people
Damaged 20‑40 people
Damaged 40‑80 people
Damaged 80‑120 people
Damaged > 120 people

Population of Hertfordshire at Domesday in AD1086


This map shows the population size and distribution of villages in Hertfordshire 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 167 Domesday Villages in 1086AD shown is 4245
This would equate to a Fyrd(national service) of approximately 254 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 1984 
Cottagers 840 Thegns
Smallholders 1202
Slaves 668
Freemen 31 Potential Fyrd
Priests 51
Burgesses 137 Thegns

Occupation Overview
Churches 7
Mills 133
Fisheries 2
Ploughs 1481

Land Overview
Plough Land 1717 acres
Meadows 784 acres
Woodlands 38410 acres

Animals Overview
Cattle 0120
Horses 09
Pigs 0585
Sheep 0579

Value(geld) 20451738

Hundreds population and villages
Population excludes slaves
Hundred Villages Population
Braughing 13 519
Broadwater 31 689
Clifton 1 24
Danish 17 283
Edwinstree 32 603
Hertford 17 710
Hitchin 20 466
Odsey 17 455
St Albans 8 283
Tring 11 213
Totals 167 4245
TotalsAll 167 4245

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