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STANLOW ABBEY

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  STANLAWE ABBEY, STANLAW ABBEY
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Cistercian monastery and monastic grange. The monument includes both upstanding and buried remains of the monastery and the grange which succeeded it. The upstanding remains, incorporated into the post-medieval farm, include a sandstone wall running East-West across the site, 1.5-2m high and with a re-used medieval doorway 1m wide at its West end, and a second sandstone wall, running North-South across the site and up to 3m high. Amongst the buried features is part of the main drain leading to the River Gowy, surviving as a tunnel lined with 4 courses of sandstone blocks. Stanlow Abbey was founded in the latter half of the 12th century by John de Lace, Baron of Halton. It was dedicated to St Mary and colonised from Combermere. In 1296, following damage from a storm in the 1270s and a serious fire and flooding a few years later, many of the monks transferred to Whalley Abbey and the site became a grange of that house, being listed as such in 1535. It passed into the hands of Sir Richard Cotton at the Dissolution. This is a scheduled monument.

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