The title deeds relate almost exclusively to the Cheshire and Lancashire estates of the Booth family. Almost all the deeds relating to the manor of Warrington and lands therein, purchased by William Booth (d 1636) in 1629, were surrendered when the manor was bought by Thomas Blackburne esq in c.1762. Similarly the majority of deeds relating to Ashton under Lyne and Stayley were relocated to the Stamford Estate Office in Ashton under Lyne. A handful of documents in EGR1 relate to property owned by the Booths in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. However, the Grey family's extensive land-holdings in the Midland counties are not represented here.
The deeds include letters patent, grants, feoffments, final concords, conveyances by bargain and sale and by lease and release, mortgages, quitclaims, assignments, marriage agreements, settlements, probate copies of wills, and subsidiary documents such as bonds, letters of attorney and receipts. The deeds range in date from the late thirteenth century to the mid-eighteenth century. The more recent deeds from the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham are listed with the Estate Office records (see EGR14/1).
In March 1992 a folio volume entitled Abstract of All the Deeds Belonging to the Estate Of The Right Honourable George Earl of Warrington Compleated In the Year of our Lord 1714 was transferred from Dunham Massey Hall to the John Rylands Library (EGR11/5/3). The main section of the volume consists of very detailed abstracts of all deeds in the possession of George Booth. The abstracts include full descriptions of the parties, recitals, the property concerned, and the main clauses. The abstracts are divided into the following categories:
- 1) General abstract of deeds relating to the estate of George Booth, including settlements, and deeds relating to the whole estate or several parts of it (folios 1-32).
- 2) Abstract of deeds relating to the barony and manor of Dunham Massey and lands within Bowdon parish (ff. 37-57).
- 3) Abstract of deeds relating to the manors of Carrington and Hattersley, and to all lands late belonging to John Carrington of Carrington esq (ff. 61-73).
- 4) Abstract of deeds relating to the manor or lordship of Stayley in Cheshire, and lands in Yorkshire (ff. 77-84).
- 5) Abstract of deeds relating to Bollin Fee and lands in Wilmslow parish (ff. 88-95).
- 6) Abstract of deeds relating to the manor of Ashton under Lyne in Lancashire (ff. 98-105).
- 7) Abstract of deeds relating to the barony, manor or lordship of Warrington in Lancashire (ff. 109-17).
Within each section documents are arranged chronologically, irrespective of bundle order, and sections 2-7 also include summaries of deeds described in section 1 that relate to the particular property. The volume concludes with several indexes and finding aids, including an alphabetical index of all manors, townships and hamlets mentioned in the abstracts with the dates and folio numbers of the deeds in which they are mentioned (variant spellings of place names are recorded in the headings), and an index of the dates of deeds, arranged chronologically, from 1277/8 to 1753.