The first deposit comprises largely eighteenth and nineteenth century estate records for Warter and Nunburnholme in the East Riding of Yorkshire, though there are also some earlier surveys of field use and some manorial and parish records for Warter. There is an original bundle of papers from 1712 collected during an attempt to bore for coal at Warter and a bundle of papers related to the collection of customs and excise in Hull and elsewhere 1748-80. U DDWA2 comprises almost entirely title deeds.
U DDWA in detail is as follows: Dunnington and Grimston (1766-1786) including a survey of the estate of Sir Joseph Pennington; Huggate (1773) being an extract from the enclosure award; Middleton (1726, 1777) being an extract from the glebe terriers relating to the tithe of sheep; Nunburnholme (1767-1850) including an abstract of the title of Joseph Pennington to the manor of Nunburnholme from 1538, a 1774 valuation of timber; Pocklington Canal (1827, 1834) being two annual statements; Warter (1574-1853) including a schedule of title deeds, a 1693 field survey (bound with an older document of 1655), seventeenth century fee farm rents paid by the Stapleton family to dowager Queen Henrietta Maria in the 1660s, a 1725 survey of the open fields, a land tax assessment of 1778, eighteenth century receipts for the salaries of the Reverend Thomas Remington and the Reverend William Clarke, eighteenth century sale agreements and farm surveys and plans, a 1794 valuation of Lord Muncaster's estate, some rentals from 1830, the 1677 transfer of the Warter estates from John Stapleton to his daughter Isabella on her marriage to Sir William Pennington of Muncaster, the marriage settlement of George and Dorothy Prickett (1717), an extract from the will of William Garforth (1744), an original bundle of parish records including the constable's account book 1684-1754, an original bundle relating to the boring for coal from 1712 including rough plans of the site and machinery and some nineteenth century rent acounts; Warter leases (1749-1835) amounting to 91 items; manor of Warter (1694-1813) including rentals 1694-1707, sporadic eighteenth century court rolls, the court book 1726-1781, court verdicts 1725-1785, and eighteenth century presentments, pains and jury lists largely of the 1770s and 1780s; accounts (1694-1853) comprising fifty percent of the total Pennington collection and including the rental account books of successive stewards, eighteenth century wage accounts, the personal account book of Sir Joseph Pennington 1741-1745, medical accounts, clothing accounts and circa 1000 vouchers 1709-1852; correspondence (1714-1827) being steward's (John Dickinson) estate correspondence with Sir Joseph Pennington which includes detailed local news of people and events and letters to Joseph Pennington from assorted correspondents also about local news, plus one original bundle relating to an action taken against Joseph Pennington for non-payment of his account by his lawyer, Thomas Plummer; miscellaneous (1670-1780) including European recipes, historical notes (for example, about the life of Oliver Cromwell), a 1781 report on the lunatic assylum at York, miscellaneous papers about customs and excise; rentals (1655-1837) being one volume of rentals 1655-1656 and then rentals from 1709; settlements (1574-1716) including the marriage settlements of Thomas Leigh and Isabel Copley (1574), Robert Stapleton and Katherine Fairfax (1622), John Stapleton and Elizabeth Lawson (1651 and 1653); various documents (1708-1790) being all papers of Sir Joseph Pennington; West Riding of Yorkshire (1790-1924) comprising plans of the estate of Byram with the household cash book 1883-1909 and correspondence about the sale of the estate.
Papers in U DDWA2 in detail are as follows: Nunburnholme (1689-1877) comprising title deeds and mortgages; Warter (1653-1874) including the marriage settlement of John Stapleton and Elizabeth Lawson (1653), the mortgage and sale documents of the manor and rectory in 1677-1678 to William Pennington on his marriage to Isabella Stapleton and eighteenth and nineteenth century farm sales and mortgages; various townships (1796-1872); bonds (1734, 1778) and wills (1627-1874) being those of James Sanderson (1627), John Sanderson (1655), Richard Simpson (1793), Robert Oxtoby (1798), William Mountain (1801), John Empson (1806), Thomas Harrison (1831), Lydia Shepherdson (1843) and George Adamson (1874).