The papers consist of deeds, estate papers, manorial surveys, rentals and accounts of the Pierrepont estates.
The title deeds and estate papers mainly concern 19th and 20th century developments, and relate to the following properties:
North Nottinghamshire estate centred on Thoresby:
- Weston, Ossington, Sutton-on-Trent, Dunham and Fledborough. Title deeds relating to purchases of small pieces of land 1866-1871; and to sales in 1917, 1930-31 and 1941. Also estate papers from 1770.
- Laxton. Title deeds relating to sales of small pieces of land, 1810-1813. At the end of the catalogue, fuller series of Laxton records, including surveys (1728-1866), plans (c.1789-1906), and title deeds (1667-1949)
- Ollerton. Leases of tithes, 1771-1823
- Wellow. Leases of tithes, 1781-1823
- Walkeringham. Title deeds relating to purchases of small pieces of land from 1857. Also estate papers, including a printed sale catalogue, 1911
South Nottinghamshire estate centred on Holme Pierrepont:
- Radcliffe-on-Trent, Lamcote and Sneinton. Title deeds relating to purchases from 1813; sale catalogues for Radcliffe properties, 1914 and 1920; and title deeds relating to sales in Sneinton in 1925
- Nottingham. Estate papers from 1798-1917, mostly relating to the advowson of St Mary's Church
- Gedling, Carlton, Stoke Bardolph. Estate papers from 1724 and mortgage deeds from 1810. Title deeds relating to the sale of Stoke Bardolph property to Nottingham Corporation 1891, and sales of land and minerals at Gedling to the Digby Colliery Co. Ltd., 1911 and 1930 [see also Ma 3 E]
- Orston, Thoroton, Lowdham, Lambley and Gamston. Purchases of small pieces of land, 1802-1877
- Cropwell Butler. Title deeds relating to 4 closes purchased in 1883
- Cotgrave. Title deeds principally relating to mortgages and purchases 1817-1889
Derbyshire and Lincolnshire estates:
- Beighton, Derbyshire. Title deeds relating to purchases from 1828 onwards, and sales from 1895-1938. Also estate papers
- Heath and Calow, Derbyshire. Title deeds relating to purchases from 1842, including transactions with the Hardwick Colliery Co. Ltd., and to sales in 1911
- Langworth, Newball and Langton-by-Wragby, Lincolnshire. Estate papers dating back to 1731; title deeds relating to purchases from 1813 onwards; and printed sale catalogue, 1910
- Hemingby and Hagworthingham, and Asterby and Burgh le Marsh, Lincolnshire. Estate papers from 1690 onwards; title deeds relating to purchases from 1830; and printed sale catalogue, 1910
- Crowle, Lincolnshire. Manorial and estate papers, 1796-1885
Somerset and Wiltshire estates:
- Bradford and Trowbridge in Wiltshire. Title deeds relating to purchases, 1797-1813
A small number of settlements of the estates are present, dating from 1743 to 1838.
There are a large number of 18th century estate papers including papers relating to the Buckinghamshire estate at Hanslope and Barnwood Forest, the Lincolnshire estate at Bassingthorpe cum Westby, Langton, Newball and Hemingby, and the Shropshire estate at Tong, 1703-77; bundles of letters addressed to William Pickin, estate agent, 1780-99; bundles of papers relating to the Holme Pierrepont estate, c.1731-87; correspondence relating to the Duchess of Kingston's dower estates, 1773-86; correspondence relating to the Abbey Baths and water supply at Bath, 1759-1814; an estate book providing notes on lands and tenants for Laxton, Kneesall, Dunham, Kirkby, Eakring and Weston, 1742; and a register of leases granted by the Marquess of Dorchester, 1680.
There is an exceptionally fine series of rentals and accounts, continuous for the greater part of the 18th century, and including all estates. Mixed volumes of rentals and accounts for the whole estate start in 1678 and continue to 1780. Rental receipt books for the Holme Pierrepont estate, signed by the owners of the estate, exist from 1772 to 1807, and are complemented by account books kept by the agents for the Holme Pierrepont Collection, 1755-1807 [see Ma A-X and Ma 6 for continuations of these volumes]. Household account books dated 1737-80 also form part of this series.
The collection also includes Derbyshire colliery accounts, cash books and vouchers, from Owlcotes Colliery (1800-1834), Birley Colliery (1786-1822), and High Lane Colliery (1786-1825). A series of household inventories and valuations includes appraisements of the property of the late Duke of Kingston, 1726.
Valuations of the Beighton estate, the Holme Pierrepont estate and the Sneinton estate, made in 1862, form part of this collection. They are complemented in the second deposit (Ma A-X) by surveys of estates at Adwick, Calow, Crowle, Walkeringham, Edwinstowe, Kneesall, Eakring, Laxton, and Weston etc.
There is also a series of surveys, enclosure and tithe records relating to Laxton (1728-1866), Eakring (1737-1841), Cotgrave (1731-1791), Radcliffe-on-Trent (late 18th century), Gedling etc. (1740-1794), Dunham and Fledborough (1789-1810), Ollerton (1739-1841), Kneesall (1840), Edwinstowe, Budby, Perlethorpe and Thoresby (1842-1843), Beighton, Calow and Owlcotes (1744-1863), Hanslope (1747-1763), Wiltshire estates (1752), and Crowle, Bassingthorpe etc. in Lincolnshire (1789-1830).
Manorial court records exist for Crowle (1692-1859), Widmerpool (1680-1718), Cotgrave (1700-04), Orston (1711), Eakring (1653-1718) and Weston (1682-1751).
There are very few personal or family papers in this collection. Exceptions are papers relating to the naturalisation of the 2nd Duke of Kingston's mistress Marie Therese de la Touche, 1739-1741; and some copy baptism, marriage and burial certificates.