Volume II (about Little Domesday)
The Little Domesday, also known as Volume II, is half of the document that is called the Domesday survey. This survey was ordered by William the Conqueror after he had gained the English throne. The information that is contained within the Little Domesday is much more detailed than the Great Domesday. For example, one person in Essex counted over 13,000 pigs and over 49,000 sheep. The data that was collected for Norfolk shows that it was a wealthy region of the country that had a large amount of sheep, with a population of approximately 5,000 people.
While the Great Domesday covers most of England, the Little Domesday contains statistical information about Suffolk, Norfolk, and Essex. While Norfolk has a population of about 5,000, Suffolk only has a population of just over 4,000. While this document records information about the status of the lower classes, their names are never mentioned. Much of the things that were deleted from the Great Domesday can be found in the Little Domesday, and some of these things include pigs and cows. While the Little Domesday is comprised of a larger number of parchment sheets than the Great Domesday, each individual sheet is smaller in size. It is from this information that the name was given.
Original Authors: Stephen Palmer
Edit Update Authors: RPN
Updated On: 06/02/2007