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Historic record to be kept at museum

PUBLISHED: 11:46 14 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

GREENE King is more than a brewery with history - for in its museum it now holds the Suffolk Domesday Book.

The Bury St Edmunds-based brewer took charge of the three volume slice of English history and at the same time linked up with UKVillages.

GREENE King is more than a brewery with history – for in its museum it now holds the Suffolk Domesday Book.

The Bury St Edmunds-based brewer took charge of the three volume slice of English history and at the same time linked up with UKVillages.co.uk to add a huge chunk more.

Compiled between 1086 and 1090 on the orders of William the Conqueror, Domesday Book records the way we were in brilliant detail of physical features, population and value of more than 13,000 towns and villages in Norman times.

The volumes in the museum are made up of one perfect facsimile of the original folios, one translation in modern English and one explaining how Domesday was compiled with descriptions of England 900 years ago.

There is also a map showing Suffolk at the time.

The museum additions are in celebration of the 900th anniversary in 1984 when the Keeper of Public Records invited Alecto Historical Editions to make the first-ever perfect facsimile of Great and Little Domesday Book.

It took 17 years to complete.

There has been brewing in Bury since at least the 11th century and an ale brewer (cerevisiani) from the town's abbey are mentioned in the tome.

Greene King still uses traditional ingredients including East Anglian barley and water from the chalk wells deep below the town.

The company's link with Cambridgeshire-based UKVillages.co.uk is to give additional information to any interested parties about the 565 villages and towns in modern day Suffolk – of which 470 were recorded in Domesday.

The website allows visitors to the museum and internet users at large to look at local communities and for those in Suffolk to make comparisons between today and then.

Rooney Anand, director of Green King Brewing and Brands, said: "We have a fantastic brewing heritage in Bury and nurturing it gives us great stability for the future of real ales.

"Having this copy of Domesday Book gives us the opportunity to share this heritage and other fascinating history with the local community," he added.

n For more information on Little Domesday (the Suffolk version) either visit the brewery museum between 1pm and 4pm weekdays or between 11am and 4pm weekends. Telephone 01284 714297 or e-mail: brewerymuseum@greeneking.co.uk

Weblinks:

www.greeneking.co.uk

www.ukvillages.co.uk

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