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A page from Little Domesday; Essex E31/1/1

An extract from Little Domesday. (Catalogue ref: Essex E31/1/1)
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Domesday Book is one of the most famous historical records held by The National Archives. It was written over nine hundred years ago under the orders of King William the Conqueror. William wanted to know how much his kingdom was worth and how much taxation he could command. The result is a detailed survey of the land held by the king and his people.

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