The majority of the papers of the Barnard family arrived as two deposits, both of which are largely composed of estate papers and title documents rather than personal family papers. U DDBA is dominated by estate papers for South Cave in the East Riding of Yorkshire, especially for the eighteenth century and nineteenth century, which include records of three manors and Walkington Provost Fee. U DDBA2 comprises similar material, but is richer in wills and contains a reasonable quantity of 19th century correspondence about estate-related matters such as education, charities and the fire at Cave Castle in 1875.
Records in the section for South Cave in U DDBA (1400-1911) include quite a number of papers for the Dunn, Idel (Idle) and Lloyd families. Other papers include the 1581 licence for a fair and market (U DDBA/4/2), some 1633 'particulars' of the parsonage (U DDBA/4/3), an original bundle of papers relating to the rectory in the early modern period and these include papers of Henry Nevill (U DDBA/4/139-157), an original bundle of papers about parliamentary sequestrations in the 1640s (U DDBA/4/105-115), 17th century papers in the dispute between Danby and Washington over title (U DDBA/4/218 - 221) and a number of documents from the mid eighteenth century in particular about tolls, the advowson of the rectory, tithes, rentals and material to do with enclosure including 75 claims at enclosure, 32 requests and 20 objections. There are also 18th century documents about the boundaries of Market Cross properties, as well as the sale documents for Robert Oxtaby's goods and the ploughing up of his land in 1777 to pay rent arrears to the Barnard family. The sale documents of East Hall from the Idel family to the Barnards circa 1748 are in U DDBA, as well as a 1759 plan of the manor and bailiwick of South Cave showing strip fields and the East Hall by Edward Geldart. Plans for the new market cross and school house drawn up in 1796 are in the section for South Cave as is an 1890 inventory of china, water colours and curiosities drawn up by Charles Edward Gee Boldero Barnard. Some inventories and papers of his wife, Sophia Letitia Barnard, are also in the South Cave section of U DDBA.
Marriage settlements for South Cave in U DDBA are those of John Johnson and Mary Sherwood (1635), John Bacchus and Ann Johnson (1661), John Lonsdale and Susanna Briggs (1771) and John Idel and Ann Washington (1720). Wills in this section are as follows: Richard Johnson (1770); John Thorowgood (1657); Samuel Wise (1694); James Sissons (1749); Mary Bayock (1756); John Johnson (1659); Christopher Bacchus (1724); John Lonsdale (1721); John Taylor (1701); Jonathan Eddowes (1744); Thomas Leake (1714); John Leake (1747); Ambrose Leake (1763) and Elizabeth Idel (1727). Other sections in U DDBA are as follows: Ellerker (1658-1828) including submissions to Howden manor court, papers in a Chancery suit 1756-62, rental dues to Leuyns Boldero Barnard and the Bishop of Durham and the will of John Ellerker (1759); North Newbald (1741-1799); Sculcoates (1775-1794); manor and bailiwick of South Cave (East Hall) (1649-1782) comprising manorial records including jury lists; manor of South Cave (West Hall) (1536-1804) comprising court rolls intermittently from 1647 and an original bundle about the West Hall estate of the Lloyd family including a claim of West Hall manor to rights at Wallingfen; manor of Faxfleet in South Cave (1593-1783) including court rolls 1647-1732 and a call roll of 1596; Walkington (1543-1892) including papers about tithes, a plan of Walkington of 1854 and one of Little Wood of 1765, papers of the Nelthorpe family, the verdict of a special court of the manor of Walkington Provost Fee in 1765, rentals of the estate of Henry Liddell and the purchase of Walkington from him in 1765, a schedule of the estate of William Downes in 1781, papers from the 1760s and 1770s about common rights and Liddell's charity and the wills of John Harwood (1720) and Edward Nelthorpe (1718); manor of Walkington Provost Fee (1640-1789) including court rolls from 1640 and the will of Randle Hancock (1776); Wallingfen (1429-1783) including papers about common rights and the claim of Leuyns Boldero Barnard to them in the 1770s and the ancient rules and orders for calling a court.
Further sections in DDBA are: various townships (1767) comprising one item on the manor of Helperthorpe; Yorkshire, North Riding (1742); miscellaneous (1807-1890) including extracts of the parish registers of St Mary's church and Holy Trinity church in Hull, some South Cave marriage licences and papers of the Reverend Edward William Barnard including his admission as vicar of South Cave and his appointment as private chaplain to the Earl of Stanhope; wills (1678-1815) being those of Samuel Jobson (1678), Edward Barnard (1730), Henry Barnard (1767) Leuyns Boldero Barnard (1778), Henry Boldero Barnard (1811; codicils), William Popplewell (1800) and Elizabeth Popplewell (1809); settlements (1754) being the marriage settlement of Leuyns Boldero Barnard and Ann Popplewell; maps and plans (1855) being ordnance survey maps. U DDBA2 has papers for South Cave (1541-1886) which include a 1785 regulation for the education of eight children, papers about William London and his connections with the Vavasour family, correspondence about the conveyance of South Cave to Leuyns Boldero Barnard, the 1764 account for work done at Cave Mill, an abstract of the title of the Reverend John King 1781-1839, an original bundle about 19th century timber sales and an original bundle of papers about the fire of 1875 including lists of people who assisted, telegrams sent, extinguishing accounts, valuations and restoration costs. The section in U DDBA2 for South Cave also includes marriage settlements for Richard Harrison and Eleanor Lowther (1662), John Idel and Ann Washington (1720), Robert Grassby and Joanna Halliday (1746), Henry Boldero Barnard and Sarah Elizabeth Gee (1788) and Jane Sarah Middleton and Frederick Richard Leacroft (1847). Wills are as follows: Thomas Harrison (1666); Richard Harrison (1681); Henry Washington (1717); John Johnson (with a note of his children, 1659); John Bacchus (1703); Teavill Appleton (1756); William Cade (1797); Robert Leeson (1824); Benjamin Earnshaw (1783); William Todd (1816); Thomas Earnshaw (1816); William Ellerker (1743); John Ellerker (1764); Robert Moore (1782); Timothy Newmarch (1746); Timothy Newmarch (1799); Ralph Frankland (1744) and Mary Rawson (1787). There are also a few marriage and baptism certificates for the Foster, Dearman and Laverack families.
Other sections in U DDBA2 are as follows: Broomfleet (1664-1877) including a memorandum of charitable donations to the poor 1702-3, papers of the Wilson family of South Cave, the marriage settlements of Philip Tomlinson and Frances Bayles (1684), William Mould and Ellen Bayley (1722) and William Mould and Sarah Read (1752) and the wills of Elizabeth Watson (1768), Francis Brown (1757), Edward Blanshard (1788) and Jane Ryley (1788); Ellerker (1736-1782) including papers about the title of Joshua and Richard Waltham and the wills of Elizabeth Waltham (1869); Everthorpe (1838); Hotham (1735); Newbald (1875) being lists of subscriptions to and accounts of church restoration; manor and bailiwick of South Cave (East Hall) (1748-1861) including court rolls, jury lists, pains and minutes; manor of South Cave (West Hall) (1735-1939) including court rolls and minutes, surrenders and admissions; manor of Faxfleet in South Cave (1733-1945) including surrenders and admissions; Walkington (1639-1891) including plans of Littlewood farm, the sale agreement for £12,000 between Henry Liddell and Leuyns Boldero Barnard and the wills of Thomas Todd (1737) and Arthur Maister (extract; 1831); manor of Walkington Provost Fee (1735-1938) including court rolls, call rolls and rentals; Reedness (1724-1828) including an abstract of the title of James Stovin; Scarborough (1875-1879) including a programme of winter entertainments at the Royal Hotel; London (1836-1894) including an inventory of the furniture and effects of Caroline Barnard in 1892; accounts and rentals (1751-1885) including an account book of servants' and gardeners' wages 1864-72, the succession account of Elizabeth Mary Barnard 1872, some tithe accounts of Charles Edward Gee Barnard 1873-80, some gamekeeping books, some 19th century copyhold rentals of manors and the accounts and rentals of Leuyns Boldero Barnard 1751-84; various deeds (1720-1854); various townships (1738-1874) including extracts of the parish registers about the Ayre family and the wills of Charles Leuyns Barnard (1815), William Wilkinson (1775), John Hudson (1856) and William Goodlad (1792); miscellaneous (1786-1881) which includes a lot of material about charities, especially children's charities and also the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
A section of correspondence in U DDBA2 (1812-1890) includes letters to Henry Gee Barnard about the estate of his aunt; letters of Elizabeth Mary Barnard largely about educational foundations including a girls' school and charities; letters to Charles Edward Gee Boldero Barnard on such topics as charities, the installation of gas at Cave Castle in 1873 and the fire in 1875; letters of Crust Todd and Mills about the Barnard estate. Wills in DDBA2 are those of: Thomas Ingaram (1729); William Ingaram (1788); Robert Wilson (1803); Henry Boldero Barnard (1811); Charles Leuyns Barnard (1815); Henry Gee Barnard (1855); George Beckett (1867); William Waudby (1870); Elizabeth Mary Barnard (1871); John Dennis (1878); William Henry Harrison Broadley (1890); Thomas Reynolds (1891); Caroline Barnard (1882); Rosamund Barnard (1882) and Leuyns Boldero Barnard (1778).