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Cistercian Abbeys: HULTON

Name: HULTON Location: Abbey Hulton County: Staffordshire
Foundation: 1219 Mother House: Combermere
Relocation: None Founder: Henry de Audley
Dissolution: 1538 Prominent members:
Access: Accessible to the public

Hulton was a relatively late Cistercian foundation, made in 1219 by Henry de Audley (d. 1246) for the souls of his family and himself.(1) It was never a prosperous community and the Black Death reduced its small income by almost half during the course of the fourteenth century, from £26 to £14. By the time of the Dissolution the annual net income of the house was £76 and the abbey was surrendered in 1538 by the ten monks who remained within the compound.(2) After the Dissolution the house passed into private hands and much of the stonework was used for the construction of a large house. The site is largely known from excavation work, though the lower walls of the eastern part of the church have been left exposed for public display next to Carmountside High School at Hulton Abbey.(3) There have been some significant finds at the site, including several grave slabs with foliated head-crosses, fragments of window glass dating from the fourteenth century and a wide range of floor tiles.(4) The partially excavated remains can be viewed by the public.