The Domesday Book, the UK's oldest surviving public record, has been made available online by the National Archives.

The National Archives hopes people will take the opportunity to visit Domesday Book and learn more about this iconic document, which was commissioned in 1085 by William I who conquered England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Online access means that members of the public can now search the 920-year old Book by name of town, city or village. For a small fee (£3.50) it is also possible to purchase a copy of the original page featuring the place name and a translation of the entry into modern English.

The National Archives also contains useful information about the history of the the Domesday Book.

In 2005 it was voted the nation's finest treasure, yet a recent survey conducted in conjunction with today´s launch revealed that less than 1 per cent of the population have actually been to see the original in The National Archives' museum.