The rental was compiled in two exercise books. The first volume lists leasehold tenancies in Altrincham, Bowdon, Bollington, Dunham Woodhouses [to. Dunham Massey], Millington, Carrington, a Sinderland lease in Carrington, a Partington lease in Carrington, Ashton upon Mersey leases in Carrington, Dunham Massey hamlet [to. Dunham Massey], Oldfield in Dunham Massey, and Dunham Woodhouses. The second volume covers Sinderland in Dunham Massey. Within each township or section tenancies are arranged in tenement-number order. For each tenancy the following information is provided: the tenement number; the name of the tenant and the name of the occupant (if different); the reference numbers, names or descriptions and area in ?statute measure (a. r. p.) of all constituent parcels of land and buildings; and the total acreage of the tenancy.
The item contains later annotations relating to the expiry of leases, to the conversion of life leases to rack rent, or their sale on chief rent, and to the rental value of properties.
Dating: the earliest date of the surrender or expiry of a lease mentioned in the later annotations is 1861, suggesting that the item was first compiled in c.1860 or earlier; the last datable additional entry was made in 1890.