An extract from Little Domesday. (Catalogue ref: Essex E31/1/1)

Hundred of Rochford. Suen holds Rayleigh in demesne as one
manor and 5 hides. Then 2 ploughs on the demesne, now 3. Always 10 ploughs belonging to the men. Then 21
villeins, now 6. Then 6 bordars, now 15. Always 2 slaves. There are 10 acres of meadow and wood for 40 pigs. Now
1 park, and 6 arpents of vineyard, which produce 20 muids of wine if it does well.
Then 4 horses, 13 cows, 25 pigs, 105 sheep; now 5 horses, 2 colts,
20 cows, 11 pigs, 80 sheep, and 11 goats. Then it was worth 10, now the same without counting the wine.
In this manor Suen has built his castle. Of this manor
4 Frenchmen hold 2 hides, with 4 ploughs and 4 bordars, worth 60s. of the
above total.