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Vale Royal Abbey is a medieval abbey, and later a country house, located in Whitegate, between Northwich and Winsford in Cheshire, England. During its 278-year period of operation, it had at least 21 abbots (possibly 22).

The abbey was founded in 1270 by Prince Edward for monks of the austere Cistercian order. Edward intended the abbey to be on the grandest scale. However, financial difficulties meant that these ambitions could not be fulfilled and the final building was considerably smaller than planned. The project ran into problems in other ways. The abbey was frequently grossly mismanaged, relations with the local population were so poor as to regularly cause outbreaks of large-scale violence on a number of occasions, and internal discipline was frequently bad.

Image Name From To Notes
c. 1270 Probably oversaw the move from the original foundation at Darnhall to Vale Royal.
c. 1275 Although these dates are given by the Victoria County History, nothing more—in fact, nothing at all—is known of this Henry, and it has been suggested that it was in fact a scribal error for Walter, above, and so may never have actually existed.
John Chaumpeneys
c. 1275 c. 1289 First abbot of the re-sited Abbey.
Walter of Hereford
c. 1294 c.1307
John of Hoo
c. 1308-9 c. 1314-15
Richard of Evesham
1316 1322
1322 1339 Murdered in office.
Robert de Cheyneston
1340 1349
1351 1369
c. 1373 c. 1400
1405 1411
Thomas Oxenford
1414 1418
Henry Arrowsmith
1428 1437 Died in office.
Thomas Kirkham
1438-9 1475
William Stratford
1476 1494
1485 1496
William Stratford
1498 1504
William Stratford
1509 1517
John Butler
1517 1529 Removed from office.
John Butler
1530 1535 Restored; died in office.
John Hareware
1535 1538 (surname possibly Harwood) Surrendered the abbey during the dissolution.
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