The collection comprises large volumes which record details of the work of the farms from 1892, a decade after the farm became operational, to the establishment of the Severn Trent Water Authority in 1973. Some of the series of ledgers, such as the wage records span lengthy time periods, revealing developments such as pensions, war allowances, and the employment of women and boys, and customers listed in the sales ledgers include many local businesses and institutions, such as University College Nottingham's halls of residence.
Wages and labour form the largest series of records, with volumes detailing the names of employees and the nature of work undertaken (including farm work, maintenance work, etc.). (RSB 1)
Information regarding sales (with alphabetical listing of customers in the sales ledgers) are to be found in three series in particular. (RSB 2-4)
Accounting records include cash books, bought invoice books (listing accounts of suppliers), nominal ledgers (recording revenue and expenses), and some analysis of income and expenditure. (RSB 5-11)
Ledgers are also present listing suppliers of goods and services (RSB 12), and detailed records of stock, including the use of livestock, seeds and fertilisers, can be found. (RSB 13-17)
Cropping registers, work books and transport records provide detailed information about daily activity on the farms. (RSB 18-22)
There is also a small series of volumes recording rental incomes, with brief descriptions of the types of properties and names of tenants. (RSB 22)
A final volume has a small number of newspaper cuttings relating to the farms. (RSB 23)