The series contains leases for years of demesne estates within the townships of Altrincham (EGR14/5/1), Bowdon (EGR14/5/2), Bollington (EGR14/5/3), Carrington (EGR14/5/4), Dunham Massey (EGR14/5/5), Hale (EGR14/5/6) and Millington (EGR14/5/9). Properties include Bowdon Hall, Carrington Hall, Bollington Mill and Carrington Mill, as well as messuages, farms, cottages, gardens and agricultural land. There are also leases for years of tenements on Bowdon glebe (EGR14/5/7), and leases for years of the tithes arising out of the townships within Bowdon parish (EGR14/5/8). Terms range between 3 and 21 years.
Rent was generally payable at one or two terms, the most common being Lady Day (25 March), Michaelmas (29 September) and Martinmas (11 November). In addition to the fixed annual rent, leases of agricultural land frequently provide for incremental rents to be paid in the event of the tenant's ploughing or cultivating land in breach of the terms of the lease.
Almost all leases contain the following standard clauses: the tenant is to pay rent and all taxes; the tenant is to keep the property in good repair; the tenant may not assign the premises without the landlord's permission; the tenant is forbidden to commit voluntary waste. Other clauses are specified for each lease.
All items are MS unless otherwise stated.