Saxon Seaxe Anglo Saxon History
Map Position
This map shows the position of domesday locations for the county of Shropshire. centered on Shrewsbury in Shropshire.
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
Wasted < 20 people
Wasted 20‑40 people
Wasted 40‑80 people

Population of Shropshire at Domesday in AD1086


This map shows the population size and distribution of villages in Shropshire 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 420 Domesday Villages in 1086AD shown is 3295
This would equate to a Fyrd(national service) of approximately 197 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 1908 
Cottagers 15 Thegns
Smallholders 1220
Slaves 1055
Freemen 19 Potential Fyrd
Priests 51
Burgesses 82 Thegns

Occupation Overview
Churches 23
Mills 92
Fisheries 54
Salthouses 7
Ploughs 1869

Land Overview
Plough Land 2606 acres
Woodlands 8276 acres

Animals Overview
No Animal details recorded in Domesday

Value(geld) 8661149

Rapes/Hundreds population and villages
Population excludes slaves
Rape Hundred Villages Population
Wales Leintwardine 4 0
Reweset 2 17
Wittery 15 232
Totals 21 249
Alnodestreu 37 297
Baschurch 41 348
Conditre 19 139
Condover 44 221
Culvestan 27 329
Hodnet 47 221
Leintwardine 19 74
Merset 16 29
Overs 9 81
Patton 26 239
Reweset 24 196
Rinlau 17 193
Shrewsbury 4 107
Warmundestrou 1 4
Wittery 15 105
Wrockwardine 53 463
Totals 399 3046
Totals All 420 3295

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