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May 24, 2010

Something of interest: Recorded in the Domesday Book

Filed under: SOMETHING OF INTEREST — Tags: , — rootsresearcher @ 11:16 pm

My brother Alan went a-wandering for me to Bletsoe in Bedfordshire yesterday.  This was to take pics of the church and gravestones there as it wasn’t too far away from him, regarding my discovery that “Digby” Daniel Read eventually moved to this place and had a family there. (See Eureka Moments regarding “Digby” in the menu to the right).

Alan took various photos and this one interested me greatly, as I have not seen it before anywhere:

Original photograph taken by my brother copyright 2010 A. K. Read

As this plaque shows, the Community of Bletsoe was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.  I have not heard of the National Domesday Committee who placed this plaque at St. Mary’s, Bletsoe but think this is a wonderfully interesting idea for those places that are mentioned in the Domesday Book and are still extant.  Apart from churches and castles and Stonehenge etc., we don’t have many buildings or places that age – 900 years old!!

I hope I will start to see more of these plaques appearing in the ancient towns and villages – I somehow don’t think the buildings and places we build these days will last nearly so long!!



  1. The plaque was given to the village in 1986 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Domesday Book. So it’s nearly 25 years old (and I remember helping screw it to the lychgate….)

    There must be more of them around though I’ve never seen one anywhere else.

    Come to Bletsoe Fete on 19 June in the Village Field and the Historical Walk round the village on Sun 20 June!

    Comment by Mike Gibbons — May 25, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    • Hallo Mike, Great to hear from someone connected to Bletsoe. I haven’t seen these plaques anywhere before until my brother sent that photo I added to the blog. I think it is a wonderful idea and really hope it catches on.

      I won’t be able to visit the Bletsoe Fete, I live too far away, but my brother will be visiting again, he noticed the Churchyard cleanup details on the notice board!! Are there many farms in Bletsoe, I am trying to find which one my ancestor had?

      Thanks for visiting my blog, do pop by again! I am sure I will be mentioning Bletsoe more than a couple of times as my research progresses.

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — May 25, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

      • There’s someone in the village who can probably identify a farm and its owners given enough information though I’m not sure how far back he can go.

        If you mail me some details to my e-mail address above then I can forward it on.


        Comment by Mike Gibbons — May 25, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

      • Oooh Mike, thank you for that information! I will certainly send you what details I have and appreciate your offer of passing it on to the person in your village who might be able to help. Wonderful news! Thank you.

        Kind regards,


        Comment by rootsresearcher — May 25, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

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