Inventories of Household Goods

Scope and Content

When George Booth (1675-1758), 2nd Earl of Warrington, inherited Dunham Massey Hall in 1694 it was meagerly furnished; he claimed (with some exaggeration no doubt), "While my mother lived, they could never spare money for any sort of furniture, not even for her own chamber when we came to live at Dunham, so that there was only the little Dining Room with old moth-eaten Turkey-work chairs for company to dine in... And when only a little company lay here, I was often removed out of my chamber, tho' very meanly furnish'd." During his lifetime he amassed a fine collection of mahogany and walnut furniture which was recorded in the inventory compiled after his death (EGR7/17/1). The 5th and 6th Earls of Stamford made additions in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, including a pair of satinwood bookcases, while the 9th Earl of Stamford and his wife introduced further pieces into the house during the restoration in the 1900s. The furniture at Dunham Massey Hall is described by John Hardy and Gervase Jackson-Stops in 'The Earl of Warrington and the "Age of Walnut"', Apollo, July 1978, pp. 12-23.

The series contains eight inventories of household goods at Dunham Massey Hall, an inventory of house linen (EGR7/17/2), and a list of articles missing at a stock check (EGR7/17/8). Four inventories include valuations of articles. Most of the inventories adopt a room-by-room arrangement incorporating the principal rooms, bedrooms, domestic offices and servants' quarters in the Hall, the Stables and the Mill, the contents being described in varying degrees of detail.

[Within EGR3, Papers of the Booth Family, there is an inventory of the goods and chattels of Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, in 1693/4 (EGR3/6/2/1/2).]