Saturday, September 16, 2006

The surrender of the Castle Acre Priory

The priory of Castle Acre was surrendered voluntarily to Henry VIII November 22, 1537, and granted by the king to the Duke of Norfolk on December 22, 1537. The monks were given a redundancy payment of £2 and quarterly pensions, the first time this had happened during the Reformation. (G W Bernard, The King's Reformation: Henry VIII and the remaking of the English Church, Yale University Press, 2005, 448) Together with the monastery of Lewes, of which it was the dependent cell, it was the first of the large houses to surrender (ibid, 558)

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