The series consists, for the most part, of the documentation of conveyancing: the evidences of title relating to the several estates of the Duchy scattered throughout the kingdom. It is to a large extent made up of deeds from the archives of estates acquired at various times by the earls and dukes of Lancaster.
Among the estate archives represented in the collection are those of the earls of Chester, and the Lacy, Bohun, Chaworth and de Quincy families; the abbey of Furness and the priories of Burscough, Cartmel and Conishead; and the honors of Clare and Mandeville, which were annexed to the Duchy by act of parliament.
Part of the collection may include some deeds lodged as evidence in proceedings before the Court of Duchy Chamber. Others may have been brought to the Duchy chancery for the purposes of enrolment.
Please note: Digital images of seals attached to DL 25/1-3649 are available to download.