Dating early english documents
The rolls are grouped roughly by manor, but this arrangement is not adhered to consistently. The Manor Rolls collection is described in an online finding aid.
The examples digitized here span the years 1707 to 1891 and include accounts of executions for such crimes as arson, assault, counterfeiting, horse stealing, murder, rape, robbery, and treason.
The largest concentration of these rolls comes from the manor of Moulton in Cheshire.
Other manors represented in large number are Odiham Hundred, Hampshire; Herstmonceaux, Sussex; Chartley, Staffordshire; and Onhouse, Suffolk.
Although Dunn studied law and was accepted to the bar, he never practiced as a barrister, preferring to spend his time in study and collecting manuscripts and early printed books.
At his death in 1912, over half of his library was comprised of books and manuscripts relating to law, mostly English.