Two thousand cattle

In the early 700s, Ceolfrid, abbot at the Monkwearmouth-Jarrow abbey, sought a land grant for land on which the abbey could raise 2000 head of cattle.

The 2000 cattle were needed to produce... X.

Can you guess what X was?

UPDATE: X is a single unit of a something, so, a good answer would be, "They were going to produce one giant leather dome over their monastery." That is not the right answer, but they were going to produce one of something with these 2000 cattle.


  1. Parchment. for copying books.

  2. I'm not going to Google it. I'm going to guess.

    They were going to produce one ginormous block of cheese.

  3. Without Googling... one bible?

  4. One println statement.