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Vale Royal was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district with borough status in Cheshiremarker, England. It contained the towns of Northwichmarker, Winsfordmarker and Frodshammarker.


The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 by merging Northwich and Winsford urban districts, Northwich Rural Districtmarker and part of Runcorn Rural Districtmarker.

It took its name from Vale Royal Abbeymarker, formerly one of the largest in England, which was situated near the village of Whitegatemarker near the centre of the district.

Civil Parishes

Civil Parishes within Vale Royal (2009)

The district comprised the following civil parishes:

Elections and political control

The political composition of the council at its abolition in 2009 was:
Party Councillors
Conservative 26
Labour 17
Liberal Democrat 11
Weaverham Independents 3


In 2006 the Department for Communities and Local Governmentmarker considered reorganising Cheshire's administrative structure as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England. The decision to merge Vale Royal with the districts of Chester and Ellesmere Port and Nestonmarker to create a single unitary authority was announced on 25 July2007, following a consultation period in which a proposal to create a single Cheshire unitary authority was rejected.

Vale Royal was abolished on 1 April 2009, when the new Cheshire West and Chestermarker unitary authority was formed .


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