The legal and estate papers of the Ringrose family of Cottingham were deposited in the Brynmor Jones Library in 1984. There are no personal papers in the collection which comprises almost solely surrenders and admissions in the manorial courts of Cottingham, title documents and a large number of wills, almost all of them in relation to land and other types of property in Cottingham in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Apart from Ringrose family papers the collection contains abstracts of title for George Knowlsey, Ann Earnshaw, John Constable and H A Coventry as well as property papers for many Cottingham families and these include the Somerscales, Thompson, Knowsley, Codd, Wilson and Clarke families. There is also a bundle of papers relating to Ruth Stainton. There are two marriage settlements for Isaac Bayley and Frances Widdowson (1765) and Peter Birch and Elizabeth Normand (1815).
The following wills are in the collection: William Mantle (1776); Hannah Foster (1802); Thomas Bainton (1826); Robert Holiday (1827); Thomas Robinson (1868); William Hardy (1773); Christopher Thrisk or Thirsk (1767); David Chisholm (1852); John Meek (1788); George Knowsley (1805); William Turner (1798); William Smith (1837); William Archbutt (1846); Mary Dunling (1866); Elizabeth Hardy (1773); Frances Bayley nee Widdowson (1767); Isaac Bayley (1786); John Lofthouse (1855); Mathias Shepherd (1832); Joseph Summers (1859); Harriet Huntington (1828); Mary Ann Huntington (1838); Berry Mantle (1843); Jeremiah Kirk (1810); John Riseam (1827); Jane Wawn (1851); Samuel Codd (1843) and John Ringrose (1874).