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Domesday Book

(1086AD )


Domesday Plaque The Domesday Book was ordered by William the Conqeror to assess the value of his conquered kingdom 20 years after defeating Harold at the Battle of Hastings . The delay in assessing his kingdom, was that until 1080, the Norman invaders were still subdueing and allocating land to their soldiers, the last of the land allocated was in the early 1080's in Northumbria.

The commisioners were authorised to search out the value of the land before the invasion, then after, and finally in 1086, they were also requested to find the landowners, who were the ones to be taxed.

Further commissioners were sent out to check up on the first commissioners, to ensure bribery was not an issue. The details recorded, are still available to us, and provide interesting reading, with details such as the number of ploughs, villagers and even each pig and cow in each hamlet.

Some of the details for this area, are that the value of properties near to Battle were significantly less immediately after the Battle, with the values increasing as you travel further from the battlefield. The values did not increase by much before the survey as a high proportion of the population had been killed within an area 10 miles from Senlac Field. This was due to the Normans tactic of sacking and razing the area to try to draw Harold into conflict, especially as one of Harold's manors was at Whatlington.

The total population across Britain was about 2,000,000 people in 1086, a small number compared to the 65,000,000 of today. Nowadays, a large number of the villages or buildings in this area are marked with a Domesday Plaque, if they were mentioned in the tome.

The Domesday book was the first major census in the British Isles, and was more comprehensive than current census's, as properties such as farms, mills, bakeries and other industry was recorded, so showing the wealth of the area, not just population.

Villages Referenced

Alciston  -   (Fifty thousand tiles on the Barn)
Alfriston  -   (Smuggling and Ghosts)
Appledore  -   (Danes invade England)
Arlington  -   (Peaceful Saxon Village)
Ashburnham  -   (Last iron furnace in Sussex)
Barcombe  -   (Village in three places)
Beddingham  -   (At the base of Mount Caburn)
Benenden  -   (One of Englands Top Girls Schools)
Berwick  -   (Sharpen your arrows on the Church)
Bilsington  -   (The Priory and Obelisk)
Bodiam  -   (The finest ruined castle in the Country)
Bonnington  -   (Saint Rumwold the child saint)
Boreham Street  -   (Picturesque village on top of the Ridge)
Boughton Monchelsea  -   (Miraculous vision)
Brasted  -   (Doctor to King George III)
Brenzett  -   (St Eanswyth a Saxon princess)
Catsfield  -   (Iron, Railways and Clocks)
Chailey  -   (The Heritage and Bricks)
Chalvington  -   (The miniature church)
Chiddingly  -   (Walking on Cheese ??)
Chiddingstone  -   (A perfect Tudor village)
Cranbrook  -   (Christmas Cards and Union Mill)
Crockham Hill  -  
Crowhurst  -   (Village devastated by the Normans)
Dallington  -   (Custers Last Stand!)
Denton  -   (Earl Godwins Manor)
East Dean  -   (Fishing and Wrecking)
East Peckham  -   (Centre of the Hop Industry)
Ewhurst Green  -   (Great Fire of London contributions)
Fletching  -   (Simon de Montfort and Jack Cade)
Folkington  -   (Teasles and Badgers)
Framfield  -   (380 years without a church tower)
Frant  -   (King Johns hunting lodge)
Frittenden  -   (The Search for the Treacle Mines)
Guestling  -   (Changing guards at Buckingham Palace)
Hadlow  -   (Mays Folly - 150ft tower)
Hailsham  -   (Ropes and Napoleon)
Hartfield  -   (A.A.Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh)
Hastings Old Town  -   (The ancient Cinque Port)
Hastings West Hill  -   (Ancient Norman Castle)
Headcorn  -   (King Johns Oak)
Herstmonceux  -   (Castle and Observatory)
Hooe  -   (The Haunt of Smugglers)
Isfield  -   (Simon de Montfort and the Lavender Line)
Jevington  -   (Smugglers and Churchill Tanks)
Kenardington  -   (Danes destroy Saxon Fort)
Laughton  -   (Knight captures King of France)
Mayfield  -   (Saint Dunstan and the Devil)
Mountfield  -   (17th Century Coal !!)
Netherfield  -   (Village at the top of the Hill)
Newchurch  -   (The Church Tower with a kink)
Newenden  -   (Alfred the Great's Fort)
Ninfield  -   (Last of the Iron Stocks)
Northiam  -   (Prime Ministers D Day inspection)
Penhurst  -   (Beautiful yet Remote)
Pett  -   (End of the Royal Military Canal)
Pevensey  -   (Ancient Roman Fortification)
Playden  -   (Saltcote and fish)
Ripe  -   (Earl Harolds estate)
Rodmell  -  
Rolvenden  -   (Witches stealing Holy Water)
Rotherfield  -   (Source of the rivers Rother and Uck)
Salehurst  -   (Richard the Lion Heart's Gift)
Seaford  -   (The cormorants or shags)
Sedlescombe  -   (Best gunpowder in Europe)
Sellindge  -   (Oliver Cromwells Horse)
Selmeston  -   (Tomb to store the Contraband)
Sundridge  -   (Last Peer of England to be hanged)
Sutton Valence  -   (seized from Simon de Montfort)
Tarring Neville  -   (The Chest from the Spanish Armarda)
Ticehurst  -   (Anne Boleyn and Pashley Manor)
Tudeley & Capel  -   (Iron Industry and Hop Pickers)
Warehorne  -   (A good place to explore the Marshes)
Wartling  -   (World War II defence centre)
West Dean  -   (Alfred the Great's Palace)
Westerham  -   (James Wolfe captures Quebec)
Westfield  -   (Bonfire Boys under suspicion)
Westham  -   (Enclosure for the Castle)
Wilmington  -   (The Long Man)
Woodchurch  -   (Dragoons capture Smugglers)
Yalding  -   (longest medieval bridge in Kent)

 
       
 
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