Most estate papers relate to land at Bishop Burton and the immediate surrounds of Cherry Burton and Walkington though there are a few 19th century papers from John Lockwood's estates in Ottringham and papers of the Watt family relating to their land at Speke in Lancashire and Georges Plain in Jamaica (correspondence and related accounts dated 1849-1861).
The estate papers in U DDGE begin with: Beverley (1752-1827) including the marriage settlement of Charles Wray and Susannah Morton (1757) and abstracts of title for a parcel of land in Flemingate; Beverley Parks (1841-1842) being an abstract of title and papers relating to the sale of an estate. The largest section of estate papers is that of Bishop Burton (1552-1897). It includes 18th century surrenders and admissions in the manorial court; the enclosure award plan of 1771 by David Tate; 19th century tenancy agreements and leases; 17th century copies and extracts of the conveyance at Reformation of the manor from the Archbishop of York to the Crown and the 1552 letters patent granting the manor to John, Duke of Northumberland (along with the manors of Walkington and Cherry Burton); the 17th century purchase, title and related papers of William Gee (d.1612) and his family; 17th century papers related to Killingwoldgraves Hospital; papers about the marriage settlement of William Gee junior and Elizabeth Hotham 1670; a pedigree of the Gee family dated 1775; the marriage settlements of Robert Richardson and Sarah Johnson (1664), William Stephenson and Anne Wilkinson (1724), James Gee and Constantia Moyser (1727), William Watson and Elizabeth Ross (1764); the wills of Jane Torre (1751), James Gee (1758), Catherine Wilberforce (1761), Matthew Remington (1773), Toby Hodson (1706), William Gee (1718), Elizabeth Hardcastle (1828), Ann Hardcastle (1852), John Burks (1872); the Enclosure Act of 1767 and extracts from the awards; 18th century sale papers of the Bethell family; certificates of baptisms, burials and marriages in the Watson family 1759-1845; some 19th century papers of the Ellerker family. For the manor of Bishop Burton there are court rolls and court papers such as verdicts (1667-1931) as a well as a 17th century volume of surveys and assessments for sewers at Ottringham. U DDGE also contains estate papers for Walkington (1775-1840) including an original bundle relating to an estate called Littlewood and in this are several papers of John Lockwood and family including his marriage settlement to Sarah Dickens (1803) and their wills (1823 and 1827 respectively). A section on 'various townships' (1591-1861) includes a schedule of the title of Richard Watt 1591-1870; the marriage settlements of William Gee and Rachel Parker (1647), William Gee and Elizabeth Ellerker (1685), William Gee and Elizabeth Hotham (1664), Roger Gee and Caroline Warton (1762), William Gee and Philippa Hotham (1725); some papers of the Crompton family; the wills of William Gee (1611) and William Gee (1743); the grant to Dame Mary Gee of the wardship of her son John Gee (1612); the grant to John Hotham of the wardship of William Gee (1627); the tithe rental of Bishop Burton payable to William Bethell (1768). There is also a bundle of correspondence relating to the Georges Plain estate in Jamaica of Richard Watt with related accounts dated 1849-1861.
U DDGE2 largely comprises further estate papers for Bishop Burton (1194-1912) and these include inventories and valuations of 1912; an original bundle relating to the rectory estate including the oldest document in the papers being a grant of 1194 of the estate by Pope Celestine III and 18th and 19th century leases; papers relating to enclosure including the bill and awards; the wills of Richard Page (1729), John Tong (1775), William Spence (1787), Robert Spence (1796), Edward Autherson (1746), Edward Johnson (1728), John Blyth (1754), Lawrence Stephenson (1808), Simon Gregson (1806), John Gregson (1816), Richard Pickering (1777), William Chaplin (1801), Thomas Hopper (1777), Timothy Jefferson (1778), John Danson (1737), Ellin Lee (1777), John Lee (1801), Sarah Anderson (1765), Ann Luck (1780), Thomas Swaby (1792), Mary Swaby (1808), Lawson Rosse (1781); the birth certificate of Jane Gregson Pettingell; the marriage settlement of Thomas Rosse and Anne Dry (1721); the affadavit of William Heseltine about the drowning of Robert Kemp (1835); the burial certificate of John Cocksworth (1825).
Remaining sections in U DDGE2 are as follows: Cherry Burton (1823-1830) including the enclosure act; North Newbald (1653-1847) including surrenders and admissions in the manorial court and the burial certificates of Burton Hall (1787), Sarah Hall (1815) and Mancklin Holland (1839); Ottringham (1786-1854) including a copy of the terrier of the curacy (1786) and the rent roll 1809-1854; Lancashire (1799-1911) being papers about the manor of Speke and Speke Hall including plans and the rental of the Moston estate 1903-1911; accounts (1802-1920) including farming account books, estate account books and accounts with ships to Jamaica 1808-1809; legal (1804-1806, 1923) including the will of Richard Watt (1804) and papers related to the Beverley Race Company; settlements (1784-1824) including the marriage settlement of Richard Watt and Sarah Greenup (1784); 'various' (1783-1837) including schedules of deeds for Richard Watt for Bishop Burton and Speke in Lancashire, various other papers of Richard Watt including his will (1800) and the birth and baptism certificates of his son William and the royal licence of the natural children of Francis Watt to take his name (1832).
U DDGE3 is a small deposit comprising the rentals and cash accounts of the Bishop Burton estate 1911-1919