Watermills in the Domesday Book


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I recently came across the Open Domesday project which presents the first free online version of the Domesday Book. It's a great way to view the data, but it's rather tied to you wanting to access the data by place or by landowner, which as you might expect does not quite tie in with how I might want to browse the entries.

Fortunately the raw data that powers the site is made available thanks to work done by John Palmer and his team at the University of Hull, whilst creating the Domesday Explorer CD-ROM. I've therefore gone back to that raw data, and extracted a list of places that were recorded as having mills, together with the mill values, and tied it together with some (approximate) stats. The result is presented as Mills in the Domesday Book, and also as a map. Both versions provide the list of mill details arranged by county, but also link through to the fuller entries on the various places at the Open Domesday project.

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Item: #825, Posted: 14/2/12.


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