U DDCA contains largely title deeds and other documents relating to the estates of the Stapleton family, especially in Carlton and Drax in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in Aiskew and Bedale in the North Riding and Berwick on the Hill and Pontiland in Northumberland (the latter came from the Errington family). The deposit also contains a small number of family papers and a portfolio of Norman charters which includes the oldest document in Hull University Archives and a number of deeds relating to monastic houses in Normandy (further details below).
The estate papers are divided into counties as follows: Yorkshire, West Riding: Askham Bryan (1583-1811); Burn (1666-1841); Camblesforth (1554-1776); Carlton (1557-1892) including the marriage settlement of Richard Lowther and Elizabeth Lambe (1639), the enclosure bill and award of 1808, lease books and estate appointments of the eighteenth century and an 1873 'birdseye view' of Carlton Towers as remodelled by Pugin; Drax (1487-1839) including an abstract of the title of the Nelson family 1337-1654 and a list of members of this family, the Drax enclosure act of 1773 and the marriage settlements of Christopher Helmsley and Elizabeth Wright (1601), John Nelson and Frances Rainbow (1631), Philip Twistleton and Anne Brograve (1648); Eggbrough (1644); Hirst Courtney (1652-1799); Quosquo (1626-1784); Selby (1667-1852) including a copy of the 'Coucher Book of Selby' of 1667 and a prospectus of the Selby Mechanics' Institute of 1852; Temple Hurst (1630-1689). Yorkshire, North Riding: Aiskew (1589-1786); Bedale (1596-1842) including a 1653 order to remove obstructions to forfeited estates, 1786 plans and field books of the parish and an 1842 cropping book; Burrill with Cowling (1673-1822); Ellingtons (1556-1674).
Northumberland: Berwick on the Hill (1611-1744) including a 1611 and 1613 manor court roll and title deeds of the Errington family; East and West Mason (1663-1686); Little Callerton (1721, 1740); Pontiland (1595-1775) largely comprising Errington family material. Other counties: Flintshire (1639); one rent roll for Drimnagh (1704-1711); Middlesex (1659, 1752); Nottinghamshire (1538); Yorkshire, East Riding (1796, 1801); various townships (1586-1848) including material relating to John Twistleton of Drax in the 17th century, the Errington family and an original bundle of material about the building of railway lines over Lord Beaumont's land in the 1840s.
The remainder of the deposit is divided into the following sections: accounts and vouchers (1616-1853) including the record of payment of seventeenth-century recusancy fines and accounts from an 1853 continental holiday; bonds (1587-1807); legal material (1612-1794) including Elizabeth Stapleton's bill in the court of wards 1612-35, bills in chancery in the 1640s and 1650s about estates in Bedale and the 1726 bill in chancery of John Errington about his title to the manor of Berwick; miscellaneous material (1712-1957) including the armorial pedigree of the Venables Vernon family, a schedule of deeds about an Errington marriage in 1712, eighteenth century material about roads, navigation and building a bridge at Selby, a 1782 cellar book and an 1836 communication from Dr William Travis about the opening of a tumulus in Scarborough as well as some other material relating to the proceedings of the Society of Antiquarians and Archaeologists in 1848; rentals (1658-1843); surveys and valuations (1600-1848) including the 1845 field book of Carlton and Drax.
U DDCA also contains settlements (1638-1770) including the marriage settlements of Nicholas and Frances Errington (c.1630s); Nathaniel Nelson and Anne Watton (1638); Ferdinando Latus and Henrietta Tempest (1700); John Denham and Elizabeth Richardson (1760); William Witham and Winifred Stapleton (1770). The wills in U DDCA are those of Richard Gawen (1584); Richard Thekestone (1604); John Nelson (1611); William Harum (1618); the Reverend Nelson (1635); Robert Hembrough (1636); William Motherby (1637); Peter Dickinson (1648); Thomas Lawty (1650); Julianne Meynell (1687); Elizabeth Fisher (1724); Ralph Clavering (1746); Hester Stapleton (1750); Elizabeth Mompesson (1751); Mary Hannan (1751).
A section of 'various deeds' (late 11th century-1852) includes the 1699 special marriage license of Nicholas Errington and Mary Sandys and a 1748 legal opinion about the marriage settlement of Nicholas Errington and Charlotte Eure. This section also contains an important portfolio of medieval charters (U DDCA/37/46) relating to monastic houses and lands in Normandy as well as lands in Carlton. It includes the 1087 confirmation by William II and Duke Robert II of Normandy of an exchange of lands in the county of Bayeaux; the 1365 sale to Miles de Stapleton of lands in Bedale by Queen Philippa; the 1412 gift of Miles de Stapleton to Prince John; a page from the thirteenth-century obit book of the Earls of Chester and notes on the portfolio made in 1947 by Father James Forbes of Ampleforth Abbey.
Correspondence in U DDCA includes ten letters to Sir Miles Stapleton dated 1689-1700 and other miscellaneous letters of the seventeenth century including some of the Twistleton family. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century letters are largely about estate affairs to various members of the Stapleton family and also to Charles Henry Tempest.
U DDCA2 is a large deposit which includes material relating to the Tempest family and Marrick Priory (see further details below). Estate papers are arranged alphabetically for the three Ridings of Yorkshire as follows: Acomb (1473); a Percy family charter for Airey Bank in the parish of Whitby (c.1230); Aiskew (1686, 1770); Askham Bryan (1614-1712) including the sale for £1000 of the manor from Marmaduke Constable to Nicholas Stapleton; Bedale (1637-1839); Bowes (late 12th century); Bramley (mid 13th century); Brayton (1686); Burnsall and Thorpe (1376); Camblesforth (1716-1815); Carlton and Carlton estate (13th century-1959) including the licence granted by Boniface IX to Brian de Stapleton and the inhabitants of Carlton to bury their dead at Carlton instead of Snaith, the 1391 grant for the chapel to be built and a large amount of nineteenth century estate material including tenancy agreements, accounts, details of farming and brickmaking, details about bridges and electricity, an 1839 fire insurance policy, estate correspondence 1878-1942 and files on such things as the 1916 death duties of the dowager Lady Beaumont; Cononley (1369); Cowick (1869); Drax (1562-1674) including the marriage settlement of Francis Baxter and Katherine Lovell (1582); Eland (1373); Ellerton in Swaledale (12th century); Elslack (early 13th century-1569) including the will of Lionel Dawtry (1421); the forest of Galtre (1300); Glusburn (late 13th century-1430); Guisborough (1474); Hemlington (1243); Hirst Courtney (1657); Howden (1685); Howe (1272); Kirk Leavington (1561); Leake (1266); Lofthouse (12th century); Newton (1338); Norton (1567); Pontefract (1413, 1420); Preston (1805); Quosquo (1805); Ryhill (1337); Tickhill (1402); Waplington (c.1200); Whitwell (1231).
The estate papers for Yorkshire contain within them papers for Marrick Priory. U DDCA2/29 contains the founding gift of the priory by Roger de Aske 1154-8 and a number of confirmation charters as well as a gift by Robert de Brus of a toft in Hartlepool in the mid-twelfth century. Most of the later charters also take this form thus indicating the property owned by the priory as well as income pledged by local families. Most of these documents were published in John Gough Nichols (ed.) Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica, v (1838) pp. 100-24 and 221-59. Five of the items published are now in the Brotherton Library in Leeds which holds a complementary archive for Marrick Priory.
U DDCA2/29/108 is a rare survival - an account roll of Cicely de Blakeston, bursar, Agnes Gower, sacrist and Agnes de Wenslaw, granger, covering the period Michaelmas 1415 to Michaelmas 1416. This has been translated by John Tillotson and published in his account of the convent: Marrick Priory: a nunnery in late medieval Yorkshire (1989). Some rentals also survive for 1457, 1497 and 1511.
Post-reformation material for Marrick Priory in U DDCA2/29 includes letters patent exempting the priory from dissolution in 1536 and the later crown lease of priory land in 1542. Title deeds, leases and bonds exist through to 1684. U DDCA2/29/134 is a copy of the 1838 publication of the charters in Nichols.
Property papers for other places are as follows: Elwick in county Durham (1649) and the special indulgence of Anthony Beck Bishop of Durham to Guisborough Priory for a canon to serve the chapel at Hartlepool (1309); Ireland (1722); London (1486, 1627, early 20th century); Northumberland (1569-1740) largely comprising Errington family papers including the 1611 sale by Ralph Eure to Mark Errington of Callerton and the marriage settlement of Nicholas Errington and Margaret Widdrington (1629); Oxfordshire (1636); Scotland (1352) the letters patent of Edward Balliol, king of Scotland, granting to William de Aldburgh the barony of Kells; the share of Thomas Stapleton in a sugar plantation called Strawberry Hill in the West Indies (1795); various townships (c.1125-1895) including a 1345 decree of the Archbishop of York, early fifteenth century family charters and some eighteenth century manorial records for Carlton and Camblesforth contained in a large volume which also contains miscellaneous printed material, certificates and photographs.
Other sections in U DDCA2 are as follows: accounts and vouchers (1656-1893) comprising the household account books of Miles Stapleton 1656-1705 (see Cox, 'The household books...') and household account books of the nineteenth century bound in seventeenth century leases and deeds which are also still legible; bonds (1477-1843); commissions (1814); maps and plans (17th century-1908); surveys, valuations and rentals (1618-1942) including a 1618 survey of the manor of Bedale and eighteenth and nineteenth century rentals of Carlton and Bedale; various deeds (1421-1870).
There is a large amount of correspondence in U DDCA2 particularly of the 8th Lord Beaumont. For example, there are 450 letters to him from George Gibson Davy about estate matters (1839-1849), though there are also some personal letters including one from him to his sister about his marriage. There are some letters to the 9th Lord Beaumont and circa 200 letters to his wife, Violet Isaacson.
A section of settlements (1557-1792) includes the marriage settlements of Jasper Mitford and Margaret Hedworth (1557), Richard Stapleton and Elizabeth Pierpont (1587), Gilbert Stapleton and Eleanor Gascoigne (1617), Nicholas Errington (Stapleton) and Mary Sandys (1699), Miles Stapleton and Catherine Dunn (1765). A small section of wills has those of Robert Eland (1638), Ellen Stapleton (1666), John Stapleton alias Errington (1749) and Hester Stapleton (1750).
There is a lot of genealogical material in several remaining sections of U DDCA2. Pedigrees of the Stapleton and Stapleton-Errington family are to be found as well a pedigrees of the Bertie (Dukes of Leeds), Gascoigne (of Parlington), Scroope and Stuteville families. A separately catalogued section on the Beaumont peerage contains a large number of primary documents as follows: correspondence such as that between Nicholas Errington and his uncle Miles Stapleton about his marriage to Mary Sandys and letters from Thomas Stapleton to the Duke of Portland (1796-1801) and a large number of family marriage settlements and wills incorporating those of the Errington family. Also included are the letters patent declaring Mona Josephine Tempest Stapleton to be Baroness Beaumont in 1896. Some miscellaneous material includes extracts of the records of the English Benedictine monks at Douai about Gregory Stapleton (1642-1680) and of the English Benedictine convent at Cambrai about Mary Stapleton (1648-1668). A separately catalogued miscellaneous section in U DDCA2 contains further Catholic material such as the authentication of relics, some political material about Gladstone, Lord Beaumont's London visitors' book (1846-52), menus, visiting cards, some photographs and printed material and the latter includes an 1891 history of Selby Abbey.
U DDCA2/60 is a section relating to the Tempest family of Bolton in Lancashire (see further details below).
U DDCA3 is a small deposit of more modern estate and family papers with sections as follows: Yorkshire: some sale documents for Bellasize (1904); leases and title documents for Carlton (1737-1894); a conveyance for Cowick (1909); a schedule of documents about Marrick Priory (c.1630, 1694); a conveyance for London (1894); some title deeds for Burton on Trent, Staffordshire (1801-1857); an 1816 copy of 13th century registers of the diocese of Coutances, France; various townships (1770-1910) especially mortgage documents. Accounts (1762-1918) in U DDCA3 include servants' wages for 1762-1784 and death duties on the estate of Lady Beaumont (Isabella) in 1916. Rentals (1771-1840) include a Bedale and Aiskew steward's account book 1771-1791. A miscellaneous section includes family schoolbooks and inventories. There is also the marriage settlement of Miles Thomas Stapleton and Isabella Ann Brown (1844) plus the wills of Thomas Hunsley (1811), Thomas Stapleton (1812), Miles Stapleton (1895), Isabella Ann Stapleton (1904). There is quite extensive estate correspondence for the 9th Lord Beamont (additional to that found in U DDCA2 and dated 1894-1903). There are two sections on the marriage settlements and financial arrangements of Mary Ethel Stapleton, nee Tempest, who married the 10th Lord Beaumont and her daughter Mona Josephine Tempest Stapleton who married Bernard Edward, 3rd Lord Howard of Glossop.
The papers of the Tempest family of Bolton (Heaton, Rumworth, Lostock, Deane) and Broughton Hall are embedded within the larger archive of the Stapleton family. The integral deposits of the family are catalogued separately as U DDCA2/60 and U DDCA4, containing circa 2000 items each. The remainder of the Tempest material is scattered throughout the rest of the Stapleton archive.
U DDCA2/60 contains a large amount of estate material for the last quarter of the nineteenth century. There are circa 1750 letters to Charles Henry Tempest (1885-1894) about his estates and a plan of his estate ownership. In addition, there are estate rental records for the 1890s and household vouchers for the 1870s and 1880s. U DDCA2/60 also contains the 1866 letters patent granting Charles Henry Tempest a baronetcy and accounts relating to the marriage settlement of Mary Ethel Tempest, his daughter and sole heir. An address of sympathy from the tenants of the Bolton estates upon the death of Mary Ethel Tempest's husband shortly after her marriage is also in the deposit.
U DDCA4 contains estate material of the Tempest family as follows: Cheshire (1851-1880) comprising estate correspondence and title deed material of Jemima Tempest (nee de Trafford) relating to Hatherton in the parish of Wyburnbury; Gloucestershire (1723-1891) including plans and considerable correspondence relating to 1-6 Fauconberg Terrace in Cheltenham; Lancashire (1747-1897) including the 1888 sale of Uplands Hall, a plan of Lancashire railways and the will of Henry Blundell (1809); Yorkshire (1866-1871) including inventories of Broughton Hall. U DDCA4 also contains the accounts of family homes, Newland Hall and Uplands Hall, as well as the estate correspondence of Jemima Tempest relating to her residence at Uplands Hall. Her will and its codicils dated 1870-1881 are in the collection as is her marriage settlement to Henry Tempest, father of Charles Henry Tempest. The divorce papers of Charles Henry Tempest are at U DDCA4/8 and all the settlement of his estate is in U DDCA4/9. U DDCA4/5 is a collection of some 500 letters and other material relating to the financial affairs of his son, Henry Arthur Joseph Tempest, brother of Mary Ethel. Miscellaneous material includes an obituary for Jemima Tempest.
U DDCA/31/6 has a further 12 letters of Charles Henry Tempest about estate affairs and U DDCA3 has further material relating to the financial affairs of his daughter, Mary Ethel, and her daughter, Mona Josephine, who inherited the Stapleton estates as well as those of Bolton.
U DDCA5 comprises records from the manors of Carlton and Camblesforth from the 18th-20th centuries; correspondence and other papers relating to the sale of Carlton Towers in the 1890s; and a small section of miscellaneous material thought to have belonged to Alma Grossman, who purchased the lordship of the manors in 1956.