The ledgers contain separate fair-copy accounts recording weekly or monthly payments of rent by each small-rent tenant. The full name of the tenant and the location of the property concerned are followed by a record of every payment of rent, together with the total amount paid during each six-month period. Properties are primarily cottages and gardens. There is an index of tenants at the front of each volume.
Rent accounts in EGR14/31/1 were all transferred to EGR14/31/2 in January 1890. Accounts were continued in EGR14/31/3 whenever the space allotted to them in EGR14/31/2 was used up. The volumes were probably compiled from the information in rent collection books such as EGR14/33 below, which were subsequently discarded.
The rent accounts in EGR14/31/1 which begin in 1880 are preceded by various accounts from 1867 to 1880: accounts for wages paid to estate and Dunham Massey Hall staff: George Foxton, 1867-1868, Alfred Wilde [clerk at the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham], 1867-1871, Thomas Dash porter, 1868, William Brown employed at the Hall, 1868, Richard Jones for night-watching at the Hall, 1868, Joseph Bibby for sawing timber, 1869; an account of office expenses; stamps account; sundry small accounts; John Smallwood's account for building cottages in Carrington, 1876-1877; an account for a new plant stage in the vinery in Dunham Massey Hall gardens, 1879; an account of rents of cottages late Poulden's Case, 1876-1879; Nathan Walker's account for boring for salt, 1879-1881; an account of pensions paid by Lord Warrington's Charity, 1878-1880; Delamer Road and Parkside Road road-making accounts.
EGR14/31/2-3 are entitled "DUNHAM MASSEY ESTATES SMALL RENTS LEDGER", stamped in gilt on red morocco lettering pieces applied to the upper covers.
[From July 1897 receipts of small rents or cottage rents were recorded in the cottage rent ledgers, EGR14/32 below.]
- /1: Jan 1880-Dec 1889
- /2: Jan 1890-May 1897
- /3: Jul 1893-Jun 1897