DOMESDAY SURVEY Grade 7
William was concerned that his new kingdom might be attacked from abroad. • So he wanted to bring more soldiers from France for protection. • The question was, could he get more taxes from the English to pay for their support? • In fact, William did not really know how wealthy England was. • So, he decided to find out.
In 1086, he sent officials to carry out an enormous survey. • When they had finished asking their questions, a second group of officials was sent to check if the villagers had been telling the truth. • This became known as the Domesday Survey . • Domesday is the day of judgment – no one escapes that, and no one seemed to be able to escape William’s Survey.
William’s officials completed their task in just under a year. • It was a tremendous achievement and it told William just what he wanted to know. • Many people were much richer than he had realised. • Now he could make them pay the correct amount of tax. • The information collected was written in the Domesday Book. • These have survived to the present day and are very useful to historians.