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11th century

The original Domesday Book is held at The National Archives. Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex are included in a separate “Little Domesday” in greater detail than the rest of the country. A facsimile edition was published in the 1860s to make the contents more widely available.

The Domesday Book was the result of William I’s desire to find out who owner what, before and after the Norman Conquest, and how much their property was worth. Most of England was covered and the Domesday entry is often the earliest mention of a particular village.

Printed transcripts and facsimiles can supplement original records and be equally useful for historians. The catalogue for much of the Record Office’s Local Studies can be searched online using the Suffolk Libraries catalogue.

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