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DIEULACRES ABBEY

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The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary and St Benedict was founded in 1214 when Poulton Abbey was abandoned and the monks moved here. This new site had been given by Ranulf de Blundeville, Earl of Chester, some time after 1199. There were 7 monks in 1377, 11 in 1385 and 13 in 1538, the abbey was surrendered in 1538. Remains consist of piers of the crossing and south transept of the abbey church, the average height of these being 1.5m. A fishpond remains, although it has been much reduced by ploughing and the treading of cattle.

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