Cheshire East Unitary Authority
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Combermere Abbey was founded in 1133 by Hugh de Malbanc, 2nd baron of Wich Malbank, and Lord of Nantwich, as a Cistercian monastery. The original abbey, with very few people, was endowed with 22,000 acres (89 kmē) including part of Nantwich, a chapel in Nantwich as well as the church at Acton (c.49 people.) It encompress one quarter of the land in Nantwich, ploughland and common land in Acton, Ravensmoor and Alvaston areas.
On 27 July 1538 the Abbott surrender the abbey and all its possessions(it had 22,000 acres) to the crown. All records were destroyed.
After the dissolution of the abbey, the abbey church and various other buildings were demolished, leaving only the Abbot's House.
The Cistercian Order was founded by St Robert de Champagne, in 1098 The monks survived by their agricultural work and the tithes received from various sources. Their labor was very advantages to the agricultural methods in the Middle Ages. Combermere Abbey, six miles south of Nantwich was the first of their abbeys in England. It was dedicated to St Mary and St Michael.