This is an artificial collection which includes original documents and copy papers on a variety of subjects. Many of the items concern the legal affairs and property rights of the Charlton family of Nottingham, referring to lands in Beeston, Chilwell and Attenborough, and including assessments for taxes, mining rights and an agreement concerning the failure of a framework knitting firm.
An historical interest may lie behind a number of nineteenth-century copies of earlier documents about local properties and their disposal, apparently made for Charlton by George Freeth, a Nottingham solicitor, although it is possible that there was a more practical concern behind the extracts. Some original documents of general local significance are also present, such as a petition of 1667 of the parishioners of St Peter's Nottingham concerning a presentation.
A number of the papers have been in poor physical condition, and the most fragile have been conserved.