The lands were extended by a gift from Henry d'Espenser, including the vill of Wynlaton and Roger de Lacy gave land in Rochdale and Brendwood.
The next abbot was Charles, followed by Peter and it was in his time that John de Lacy made the gift of the church of Eccles and half Blackburn, Stanynges, Hardern and Newton.
This gift was ratified by the Bishop of Chester and the Chapter of Coventry. In 1287 there was a violent storm which destroyed the church tower and in 1289 much of the abbey was destroyed by fire.
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At Domesday, Great Stanney was the property of the Earl of Chester, who granted it to the Barons of Halton.
In 1178, John the 6th Baron of Halton and Constable of Chester, founded a Cistercian Abbey at Stanlow and granted the manor to the abbot and monks.
Peter was succeeded by Simon some time before 1259.