The series contains leases for lives and leases for years of the estates of Hon Booth Grey (1740-1802), son of Mary Countess of Stamford and Harry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford, in Altrincham, Dunham Woodhouses in Dunham Massey township, Warburton, and Aston in Great Budworth parish. There are also two earlier leases for lives granted by William Delves (EGR14/4/1-2), and four leases for lives from Thomas Walton of Dunham Massey gent (EGR14/4/3-6) of burgages in Altrincham. Unless otherwise stated the lessor of each lease is Booth Grey.
It is probable that the Delves estate in Altrincham was assigned, sold or devised to Thomas Walton. The leasehold estate in Dunham Woodhouses and Warburton was granted to Walton in 1754 by the 2nd Earl of Warrington for 99 years, after the death of Booth Grey. Walton nevertheless received the rents from the estate until his death in 1757, when he devised the estate and other property in Altrincham and Aston to Booth Grey (for a copy of Walton's will see EGR8/1/2/1). But in 1770 it was discovered that the lease did not entitle either Walton or Grey to the estate during the latter's lifetime. To remedy this Mary Countess of Stamford granted a life lease to Grey (EGR14/4/9 below).
The estates of Booth Grey in Dunham Woodhouses, Warburton and Altrincham were purchased by the 5th Earl of Stamford in 1804 for almost £5000 (for correspondence and schedules of the estates see EGR4/1/8/6 among the papers of the 5th Earl of Stamford).
Two leases (EGR14/4/8/1-4) relate to the Style House in Bowdon, granted to trustees by the churchwardens of Bowdon parish church.
The leases were found with a paper wrapper annotated "late the Hon'ble Booth Grey Altrincham" and bearing the bundle label "69/1".