Henry VIII,the Reign
Dissolution of the Monasteries Timeline
1535 The Valor Ecclesiasticus
The Act of Supremacy was passed on 3 November 1534 and in early 1535 a valuation of the church, the Valor Ecclesiasticus was commissioned
1535 The Visitation
a Visitation, an audit, of the administration of the church in England, Wales and Ireland began in the summer of 1535 and concentrated on the countries to the west of London as far as Bristol
1535 The Royal Progress
The Royal Progress – the summer royal tour – ran alongside the visitation. west towards Bristol and included visits to many leading anti – clerical gentry. Its purpose was to undermine the papacy, demoralise the monastic institutions and emasculate the Boleyn faction
1536 Act for the Dissolution of the Visitation
Legislation that ordered monasteries with an income of less than £200 a year to be dissolved and their property transferred to the Crown.
1536 "The Courte of thAugmentacions of the Revenues of the Kinges Crowne"
The government formed a new department called ‘the Courte of thAugmentacions of the Revenues of the Kinges Crowne’, to look after in income from the dissolved monasteries
1536 The Pilgrimage of Grace
The Pilgrimage of Grace, an uprising that began in Lincolnshire in October 1536, before spreading to other parts of Northern England including Yorkshire, Cumberland, Northumberland and North Lancashire. It was a protest against the break with the Roman Catholic Church, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the new government led by Thomas Cromwell and Edward Seymour
The rebellion failed and in early 1537 the government sought retribution against the larger monasteries
1537 Surrender of the Larger Houses
In the wake of the Pilgrimage of Grace the ringleaders, some of which were monks from houses in the north of England, were arrested and executed.
The retribution that was exacted led to many hundreds of monasteries giving up their abbey deeds to the crown by signing a document of surrender and delivering up the monastery seal. In most cases there was also a financial inducement to the monks to leave peacefully
1539 Act for the Dissolution of the Greater Monasteries
The Act for the Dissolution of the Greater Monasteries provided for the dissolution of the monasteries which remained open