The rentals and surveys have been divided into three subseries. There is a more-or-less continuous sequence of rentals for life-lease tenancies in Bowdon parish, 1737-1828 (EGR14/6/1), and a parallel sequence of rentals for life-lease tenancies in Carrington and in Ashton upon Mersey parish, 1750-1828 (EGR14/6/2). Other rentals and surveys for the Cheshire and Lancashire estates of the Booth and Grey families appear to have been compiled in isolation, or in association with one other item at most: these have been grouped together in a third subseries, 1703-1896 (EGR14/6/3).
The rentals provide much valuable information on the physical characteristics of properties, on field names and rural topography, on urban development, the management of the estates and the family history of the tenantry.
[Among the manorial records are three medieval extents or estate surveys for the barony of Dunham Massey, dated 1347 and 1411 (EGR2/1/1). Among the estate papers from Dunham Massey Hall are fifteen rentals and surveys for the Cheshire and Lancashire estates of the Booth and Grey families, 1499-1822 (EGR11/1).]