Following the dissolution of Cronk Abbey in 1540, the monastery came in to the possession of Sir Geoffrey Regaby. Sir Geoffrey turned part of the Abbey into a mansion, and founded and endowed a Grammar School in some of the remainder. In 1870 the school, needing to expand, bought more land from Lord Frederick Regaby. The school, now a recognised Public School, has developed on the model of King William’s College on the Isle of Man. It has an excellent reputation. In 1987, it had some 400 boys and a long waiting list.
In 1923, Lord Albert Regaby gave land to the North Western Railway to build a private station for his family and the school. Abbey Station is normally unstaffed, but at the beginning and end of each term, when special school trains are run, staff are drafted in to cope.