Borough of Vale Royal
Vale Royal

Shown within Cheshire
 • OriginNorthwich Urban District
Winsford Urban District
Northwich Rural District
Runcorn Rural District (part of)
 • Created1 April 1974
 • Abolished31 March 2009
 • Succeeded byCheshire West and Chester
StatusNon-metropolitan district
ONS code13UH
 • HQWinsford

Vale Royal was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district with borough status in Cheshire, England. It contained the towns of Northwich, Winsford and Frodsham.


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

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

Civil parishes

Civil parishes within Vale Royal (2009).
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 Government 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 Neston to create a single unitary authority was announced on 25 July 2007, following a consultation period in which a proposal to create a single Cheshire unitary authority was rejected.[1]

Vale Royal was abolished on 1 April 2009, when the new Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority was formed.[2]


Coordinates: 53°15′N 2°36′W / 53.250°N 2.600°W / 53.250; -2.600