|Content Description||This series consists largely of the audited fair copies of the annual rentals and accounts; they are mostly volumes, bound in red morrocco leather, and were kept first at Clumber House and latterly at the Newcastle Estate Office at Warminister, Wiltshire; the volumes illustrate the way in which the Nottinghamshire estates were organised and managed; for example, the Clumber collection of estates originally included properties in Basford, Brinsley, Calverton, Cropwell Butler, Flawborough, Hucknall, Lambley and Nottingham, but from 1821 onwards these were separated out and consituted a collection in their own right; the volumes also illustrate the pattern of purchases and sales on each estate, and reflect the terms of the various family settlements through the operation of trusts.|
The rentals and accounts present a wealth of information relating to the tenants on the estates - their names, the extent of their holdings, the rent they paid, their arrears and so on; the records of estate expenditure show periods of significant improvement works, continuing enclosure activities, and contributions towards local 'improvement' schemes such as the building of workhouses; as well as Clumber and Nottingham, the Nottinghamshire rentals and accounts also include the Newark collection of estates.
As indicated, account books for Hafod and the Welsh estates are also present within this series; the Hafod estate was purchased by the 4th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne, but was only held for a period of ten years; the account books here cover the period 1837-1845.
In addition to the rentals/account books, the series also includes cash books and ledgers for the Clumber estate, domestic accounts for Clumber House, and wood settlement account books.
See entries below for full details.