The Normans invaded
England in 1066 and stayed after William the Conqueror won the battle
of Hastings. William was the first to bring organized taxation to
England by ordering the compilation of the Doomsday Book in 1086.
The Book formed the first census of the counties,
shires, towns and family names south of the Scottish border. The
counties north of York and over the border were not part of his Empire
and remained uncounted until the first official census at the
beginning of the 19th century.
The stamps were issued in 1986 to mark the 900th
anniversary of the Doomsday Book. The designs show the lives of the
peasants, freemen, knights and lords. The designs are in the style of
the miniatures that appear in books of that era.