Part 1 consists of two boxes containing five packets of deeds relating to properties in the market-place, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, including the Angel Inn, and to numbers 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 Fore Bondgate, Bishop Auckland, 18th-20th centuries. These properties had been purchased by Smith, Roddam and the modern deeds relating to them have been retained by the practice.
Part 2 Consists of fourteen boxes of documents accumulated by Smith, Roddam and their predecessor practices. The bulk of them consist of deeds which are no longer required by the solicitors in order to prove title but which are of historical interest. Most of the deeds relate to Co. Durham, in particular to the Bishop Auckland region and to various estates in Wolsingham parish. There are also small quantities of deeds relating to Westmorland and North Yorkshire, and a small group of Bruce family deeds, 19th-20th centuries, including items relating to the solicitors' practice of Trotter, Bruce and Trotter of Bishop Auckland.
The remaining contents of the collection consist of letters of ordination for George Hodgson (York), 1748 and 1749, and Luke Harrison (Durham), 1754, and a printed poster for an auction sale in Bishop Auckland Town Hall, 1892.