Account books, rentals and surveys for the Newcastle Nottinghamshire estates, 1807-1910, in the Newcastle (Clumber) Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists almost entirely of account books and rentals for the Newcastle estates in Nottinghamshire, including Clumber, Nottingham and Newark. The main series is one of audited fair copies of the annual accounts, produced by individual agents, and bound in red morocco leather. After the death of the 5th Duke in 1864 the majority of the Clumber estates were managed by Trustees, although a separate series gives accounts for the unsettled estates, acquired after the 1856 settlement. Other specific series include Woods Settlement Account Book, and both Cash Books and Domestic Accounts for Clumber.

One stray book dates from 1740-41 and consists of 'Mr Clay's Accounts for the Nottinghamshire Estates'. In addition, there are three surveys of the Nottinghamshire estates in the deposit, dated 1786, 1793 and 1809.

Also present are four account books for Hafod and the Newcastle estates in Wales.

Administrative / Biographical History

This group of manuscripts is closely related in its creation and content to other sub-groups within the large family and estate archive of the Pelham-Clinton Dukes of Newcastle under Lyne (See description of archive at Ne and other sub-groups.)

The Nottinghamshire estates formed the core of the extensive landed properties of the Dukes of Newcastle under Lyne. They had been inherited through the Holles, Clare and Cavendish lines of the family. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries some of the Newcastle landholdings in other parts of the country were disposed of, but the Nottinghamshire estates were added to and consolidated through, for example, the purchase of Worksop Manor in 1839 and by the marriage of the 4th Duke to Georgiana Mundy (1789-1822).

By the twentieth century, however, Newcastle interests were being withdrawn from Nottinghamshire. The family left Clumber, moving south to new interests in Wiltshire; the house was pulled down and in 1946 the Clumber estate was sold to the National Trust. By the 1950s any remaining Nottinghamshire properties were being administered from the new estate office based in Wiltshire.


The items are arranged chronologically, by estate and type of document.

Access Information

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus:

Typescript Catalogue, 18 pp

At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew:

Typescript Catalogue, 18 pp


Catalogue available from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

These papers form a sub-group of the Newcastle (Clumber) Collection (Ne), received in February 1973, eighteen years after the original Newcastle estate deposit. Originally kept at Clumber, the records were moved to the Estate Office at Warminster, Wiltshire, and came directly from there to the University Library.

Related Material

See the fonds level record for the whole Newcastle collection (Ne), the other constituent parts of the Newcastle Collection (Ne A-X; Ne C; Ne 2F; Ne 4; Ne 5; Ne 6), and related collections (NL; NS; NPE; NPC; NN)