Last night’s¬†episode¬†of¬†Restoration Home featured an unusual¬†reference for the series. It¬†referred to a¬†Domesday¬†entry¬†about a manor in Saham Toney,¬†Norfolk.
I hold up my hands to say that while I did a History A level, my specific subject knowledge is a bit hazy.¬†Before I worked here, I¬†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 to¬†find¬†a¬†facsimile for filming, I realised that I was getting¬†tied up in¬†knots because¬†Domesday is not one document, it is technically two documents¬†in five volumes.¬†There is Great Domesday and¬†Little Domesday and, for conservation reasons, Great Domesday¬†was rebound in two parts, and Little Domesday in three parts.
If you would like to know more about Domesday you can visit¬†our online exhibition. Domesday has been digitised and you can search for places you know and live in.