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

Population of Suffolk at Domesday in AD1086


This map shows the population size and distribution of villages in Suffolk 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 530 Domesday Villages in 1086AD shown is 18214
This would equate to a Fyrd(national service) of approximately 1092 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 3130 
Smallholders 6275
Slaves 945
Freemen 8337 Potential Fyrd
Priests 33
Burgesses 439 Thegns

Occupation Overview
Churches 404
Mills 217
Fisheries 27
Salthouses 18
Ploughs 4389

Land Overview
Meadows 5566 acres
Woodlands 19103 acres

Animals Overview
Cattle 16573008
Horses 361551
Cows 16
Pigs 649910094
Sheep 1798538467
Beehives 107360

Value(geld) 24683596

Hundreds population and villages
Population excludes slaves
Hundred Villages Population
Babergh 31 1127
Bishops 25 935
Blackburn 33 1024
Blything 49 1860
Bosmere 25 1024
Bury 1 57
Carlford 29 791
Claydon 18 742
Colnes 25 429
Cosford 22 686
Hartismere 32 1503
Ipswich 1 24
Lackford 15 388
Loose 22 896
Lothing 8 375
Lothingland 16 222
Parham 5 144
Plomesgate 18 551
Risbridge 33 1135
Sandford 29 789
Stowmarket 13 593
Thedwastre 19 890
Thingoe 18 443
Wangford 15 701
Wilford 28 885
Totals 530 18214
TotalsAll 530 18214

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


Copyright 2013 - 2024
Contact me
Author: Simon M - Last Updated: 30/05/2024 08:00
All pages on our site (Sitemap)
Data is derived from a number or sources including the Ordnance Survey Gazetter data overlayed onto Google Maps