Hulton Abbey

The museum is home to the archaeology of Hulton Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded by Henry De Audley in 1219.

Artist’s reconstruction of Hulton Abbey Chapter House

By the late 13th Century Hulton owned a large area of land, two mills, a fishery, a tannery and a fulling mill. One of the monks’ main sources of income of sheep farming. They owned farms at Hulton, Rushton, Normacot and Mixon. However, the Abbey was relatively poor and small compared to other religious houses in Staffordshire.

Hulton Abbey was dissolved in 1538 on the orders of King Henry VIII. The bells were sold and the roofing lead melted down. Many of the stones were removed to be re-used in local buildngs.

The ruins of the Abbey gradually faded out of sight and were largely forgotten. The construction of a new farm in the 19th century uncovered remains and renewed local interest. Several excavations have taken place since then and the museum is home to many of the artefacts and archives uncovered.

Excavations at Hulton Abbey in 1989
Objects in the Collection

Objects in the Collection

We've published a number of objects from Hulton Abbey in our online catalogue
Hulton Abbey – Talking Treasures

Hulton Abbey – Talking Treasures

A short guide to Hulton Abbey, from our 'Talking Treasures' series
Visit Hulton Abbey

Visit Hulton Abbey

The remains of the abbey remain as part of a green space in the centre of Abbey Hulton
Historic England Listing

Historic England Listing

View the Historic England list entry for Hulton Abbey