In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ranton Abbey like this:
RANTON-ABBEY, or Ronton-Abbey, an extra-parochial tract in the district and county of Stafford; adjacent to Ranton parish. Acres, 700. Real property, £1,007. Pop., 13. Houses, 3. An Augustinian priory, a cell to Haughmond abbey in Salop, was founded here, in the time of Henry II., by Robert Fitz-Noel; and is now represented by only a tower and a small portion of the cloisters. A shooting-box of the Earl of Lichfield isnear the ruins.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ranton Abbey, in Stafford and Staffordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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