Last night’sÂ episodeÂ ofÂ Restoration Home featured an unusualÂ reference for the series. ItÂ referred to aÂ DomesdayÂ entryÂ about a manor in Saham Toney,Â Norfolk.
I hold up my hands to say that while I did a History A level, my specific subject knowledge is a bit hazy.Â Before I worked here, IÂ only had a vague idea about the history of Domesday.
While we do hold Domesday here at The National Archives, it is too fragile to produce for filming. Luckily we have a few facsimiles.
After some confusion trying toÂ findÂ aÂ facsimile for filming, I realised that I was gettingÂ tied up inÂ knots becauseÂ Domesday is not one document, it is technically two documentsÂ in five volumes.Â There is Great Domesday andÂ Little Domesday and, for conservation reasons, Great DomesdayÂ was rebound in two parts, and Little Domesday in three parts.
If you would like to know more about Domesday you can visitÂ our online exhibition. Domesday has been digitised and you can search for places you know and live in.