Updated: Feb 9
In the year 1086, King William I (William the Conqueror) ordered an inventory of England's lands to be taken. The purpose was to determine the amount of taxes owed from the reign of King Edward the Conqueror, the last of the Anglo-Saxon kings, conquered by William. The book was written in Medieval Latin and is difficult to read but has been translated for easier reading.
You can now search the Domesday book online, free of charge at opendomesday.org.
I would also suggest checking the name index in case there are spelling variations. You can also choose a place from the map, to see all the entries for the place.
Domesday Book images kindly made available by Professor J.J.N. Palmer. Images may be reused under a Creative Commons BY-SA license - please credit Professor J.J.N. Palmer and George Slater.
The Domesday Book from Andrews, William: “Historic Byways and Highways of Old England” (1900) ISBN 9781406797541