This collection consists almost entirely of the title deed documents of the Kirk Ella estate of Joseph Sykes (c.1723-1803) and his family. The papers were deposited by J D Bladon of Wolfreton House, Kirk Ella.
The Kirk Ella estate papers include the marriage settlements of Robert Legard and Frances Johnson (1619), Elizabeth Brough and Randall Wollan (1656), William Legard and Mary Barcroft (1673), John Acam and Susannah Marshall (1702), Thomas Scott and Mary Richardson (1703), Thomas Onslow and Arabella Mainwaring (1776) and John Acam and Susannah Marshall (1777).
The Kirk Ella estate papers also include the wills of Christopher Acam (1674), John Acam (1717) and Eleanor Noble (1759). Titles deeds and related documents of the Legard family and of Sir Michael Warton are also to be found in some number. There are abstracts showing the descent of the manor at DDKE/8/84, 161.
The other sections in the archive are as follows: Anlaby (1625-1790); Bridlington (1697) being the marriage settlement of Eleanor Russell and William Vickerman; Cleeton (1674-1714) surrenders and admissions in the manorial court; Cottingham (1776-1820) titles deeds and surrenders and admissions in the manorial courts; Foxholes, Boythorpe and Butterwick (1595-1807) including material relating to the Gee family, the marriage settlement of John Browne and Ellen Milner (1710) and the will of Henry Foord (1773); Hessle (1726-1794) including an abstract of the title of William Wilberforce, the will of Elizabeth Ringrose (1792) and a schedule of the lands of Thomas Ringrose; Hull (1685-1838) including papers of Martha Sykes, mother of Joseph Sykes; Ottringham (1694-1720) particularly 17th and 18th century papers of the Vickerman family; Risby and Routh (1679-1745) particularly papers of the Bradshaw and Mainwaring families; Scarborough (1683) being the marriage settlement of Gregory Husband and Elizabeth Russell; Sculcoates (1586-1806) including the marriage settlement of John Wood and Mary Boult (1685) but mostly an original bundle relating to the development circa 1800 of `French's Garden' (land originally belonging to the Charterhouse) with purchasers' deeds for Sykes Street, Mason Street, Bourne Street and Princess Street; Sigglesthorne (1711) being the marriage settlement of Robert Gibson and Sarah Bratley; Swanland (1753-1791); Weel (1708); Willerby (1615-1800) including the marriage settlement of John Sumpner and Mary Wittie (1700) and the will of Lawrence Clarke (1662); `various townships' (1690-1794).
Other sections are bonds (1651-1784) and `various documents' (1690-1794) and miscellaneous documents in the archive include an abstract of the settlement on marriage of William Wilberforce and Barbara Spooner (1797) at DDKE/17/4 and the pedigree of John Wood Boynton (1742). There is also the quietus of Joseph Sykes as sheriff of Hull 1754-5 and his 1769 appointment as deputy lieutenant of the East Riding.
The wills in the collection are those of Henry Barnard (1614); Henry Carvill (1675); William Vessey (1690); William Vickerman (1710); Anne Seaman (1721); John Jacobson (1735); William Burgh (1737); Dorothy Wiseman (1739); Francis Wollams (1752); Deborah Blaydes (1756) and the incomplete will of Joseph Sykes (1796).