The BBC site http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday
has data from the 1986 Domesday project which gathered words and pictures from across the UK to be put on Videodisc.
Input your post-code to find contributions in your area.
Or try a place name. Here is a brief note about walking to Hadleigh Castle
will take you to “Housing in New Thundersley”
With grateful acknowledgement of the original link and text on the Rochford District Community Archive. current address: http://www.rochforddistricthistory.org.uk/category_id__80.aspx