These Lord Stewards Department's accounts are concerned with the 'Ordinary' expenditure, i.e. that authorized by the Establishments but contain often only the incidental expenses and require to be supplemented by the ledgers and other books of the various sub-departments. Before 1685 petitions and minutes of the Board are entered in these volumes; however, there are few records prior to 1698 as a fire in that year destroyed most of them.
The accounts are rendered quarterly and divided by office, eg the kitchen, poultry, acatry, salsery, bakery, woodyard, carriage, chapels etc. Included here is the wardrobe, although this came under the control of the Lord Chamberlain's Department. They note the person who is owed; for what produce, other goods or services; the period for which payment is due, and the amount. Payees are given by name only without an indication of whether the person is a household official/servant or a tradesman. Imprest warrants, directed to the cofferer, by the Board, are also noted here (under the division named annotations). A great deal of diverse information is contained among these accounts. Eg expenses and allowances of servants and officials, and offices, such as nappery expenditure in the linen department; the weights and varieties of meats brought in or slaughtered; itemised expenditure for specific events.