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Note: If you just want the raw data that powers this site, the latest version can always be found at the University of Hull. I also have CSV files, which may be easier to work with: contact me if you'd like these.

This site also has a RESTful API, which supports geographical queries.

Data Formats

By default, information is returned as JSON.

API Version Number

The current version of the API is 1.0. If we change the API functions, we'll increase the version number and update the URLs accordingly, so you can still use the old version.

API Keys

We don't currently require an API key. Be aware this might change if for some reason we get lots of traffic.

Please get in touch with any feedback on the API.

PlacesNear: returns places within a radius (in km) of a given point, or places within a bounding box. Uses WGS84 coordinates. Examples:
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/placesnear?lat=52.5&lng=1.0&radius=10 http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/placesnear?s=52.4&w=0.9&n=52.5&e=1.0

Place: returns one place by ID. The location field contains WGS84 coordinates, and places usually have associated manors, hundreds, and counties. Example:
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/place/20086

Manor: returns one manor by ID. The manor is the central concept in our Domesday data: roughly, it is "a reference to a single place in a single entry of Domesday". You'll find most population, economic and livestock statistics here. Example:
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/manor/20385

Image: returns manors listed in each image. Query by county code and page number. Example:
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/image/sts/06

Hundred: returns all hundreds or one hundred by ID. Queries for an individual hundred also return associated places.
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/hundred
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/hundred/forehoe

Area: returns all areas or one area by ID. Queries for an individual area also return associated places.
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/area
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/area/isle-of-wight

County: returns all counties or one county by ID. Queries for an individual county also return associated places.
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/county
http://opendomesday.org/api/1.0/county/nfk

AboutContact ❧ Maps and site by Anna Powell-Smith. Domesday data created by Professor J.J.N. Palmer and team, University of Hull.