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Abbeys and Religious Buildings in Cheshire

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph Abbeys and Religious buildings within the UK, by county. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information. This same information is also available in alphabetical order.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Codes Used on this page

Wiki=Wikipedia  EH=English Heritage  NT=National Trust  PEH=Pastscape  F.=Founded  Dis.=Dissolved

Condition: [A] First rate example; [B] Major Remains; [C] Identifiable Remains; [D] Modest Remains;
[E] Little Surviving


Alt. Name * [Formal Name / dedication]

Location Grid
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Communities & history [condition]

Chester Abbey

[The Abbey Church of Saint John the Baptist, Chester  * The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Baptist, Chester 1072/5-1102]

5311′21″N 253′08″W / 53.189023, -2.885461


c.906? * secular canons; dis. 1547 * episcopal diocesan cathedral 1072/5-1102

Chester Carmelite Friary



British History Online

Carmelite Friars fd. 1279

Chester Cathedral Priory [Church Use]

[The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Chester (-875)  * The Abbey Church of Saint Werburgh, Chester The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chester (1541)

5311′31″N 253′25″W / 53.191832, -2.890193 * SJ4066

Wiki * British History Online * Chester Cathedral * Cheshire Tourist * Britain Express

?Nuns -875 * secular canons post907 * Benedictine 1092; dis. 1540 * episcopal diocesan cathedral 1541-present

Chester Dominican Friary



British History Online

Dominican Friars

Chester Franciscan Friary


5311′25″N 253′48″W / 53.19037, -2.896625

British History Online

Franciscan Friars fd. 1237/8; dis. 1537

Chester Friary of the Sack



British History Online

Friars of the Sack

Chester Priory

[The Priory Church of Saint Mary]


British History Online

Benedictine nuns fd. ante12thC; dis. 1537

Combermere Abbey

[The Abbey Church of Saint Mary and Saint Michael, Combermere]

5259′38″N 236′46″W / 52.993906, -2.612742 * SJ5843

Wiki * British History Online

Savignac monks from Savigny fd. 1133 * Cistercian monks 1147; dis. 1538 [E]

Curzon Park Abbey [monastic], * Chester

[The Abbey Church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Curzon Park, Chester]

5259′38″N 236′46″W / 52.993927, -2.612756

Wiki * Curzon Park * Benedictines.org

Benedictine nuns trns from Talacre 1988

Darnhall Priory

[The Priory Church of Saint Mary, Darnhall]


British History Online

Cistercian monks fd. January 1271 to February 1274 * trns to Vale Royal

Hilbre Island


5322′52″N 313′23″W / 53.381025, -3.222942

Wiki * British History Online

Monastic cell

Mobberley Priory

[The Priory Church of Saint Mary and Saint Wilfrid]

5319′06″N 219′00″W / 53.318291, -2.316683

British History Online

Augustinian Canons Regular

Norton Priory

Norton Abbey * [The Priory Church of Saint Mary at Norton]

5320′33″N 240′46″W / 53.342537, -2.679403 * SJ5581

Wiki * British History Online * Norton Priory

Augustinian Canons Regular trns from Runcorn 1134; dis. 1536 * (raised to abbey status 1391) * part converted into private mansion 1545 * demolished 1828 * now in ownership of Norton Priory Museum Trust open to public as a museum [C]

Poulton Priory



British History Online

Cistercian monks

Runcorn Priory



British History Online

Augustinian Canons Regular fd. 1115 * trns to Norton 1134 * poss. on site now occupied by All Saints parish church

Stanlaw Abbey

Stanlow Abbey


Wiki * British History Online

Cistercian monks fd. 1172 * trns to Whalley 1296 apparently continued to be maintained until 1442 as a grange under Whalley * no substantial remains, site inaccessible

Vale Royal Abbey



Wiki * British History Online

Cistercian monks trns from Darnhall fd. ?1277; dis. 1545 * Never completed; a project of King Edward I


See Also:

Abbey and Religious Buildings Section for all articles, lists and location guides on Abbey's, Cathedrals, Churches, Holy Wells etc.


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