EDITED FROM THE ORIGINALS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM
THOMAS WRIGHT, ESGL M.A. F.S.A. &c.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
PAGE LETTER I. EDMOND ABBOT OF YORK TO CARDINAL WOLSEY. York, Sept. 20,
1528. Suppression of the priory of Romburgh . . .2
II. RICHARD BISHOP OF NORWICH TO CARDINAL WOLSEY. Hoxne,
January 12, 1528 (-9). Concerning the election of a prior of Butley 4
III. WILLIAM BARLOW TO THE KING. 1533. Recantation of opinions
expressed in his works v . .6
IV. COMMISSIONERS AT BRISTOL TO SECRETARY CROMWELL. Bristol,
1534. Preaching of Latimer and Hubberdin at Bristol . . 7
V. JOHN HYLSEY TO CROMWELL. Bristol, May 2, 1534. Same sub-
ject as the preceding /H ->*' v . '*-' . .11
VI. LETTER TO SECRETARY CROMWELL. 1534. About prophecies, &c.
of Elizabeth Barton, the holy Maid of Kent . ' * . 14
VII. THE PRIOR OF CHRIST'S CHURCH CANTERBURY TO CROMWELL.
1533. His account of Elizabeth Barton . T . . 19
VIII. PETITION OF THE MONKS OF CANTERBURY TO THE KING, for a
pardon for those who had been concerned in the affair of the Maid
of Kent . . . : -. ! . * . .22
IX. ROLAND LEE AND THOMAS BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. Canterbury,
Dec. 10, 1533. Their commission in Kent to examine into the pro-
ceedings of the Maid of Kent : * v Y ; . 24
X. A LIST OF THE NUN'S GOODS . . . : ' . . 26
XI. CROMWELL TO BISHOP FISHER, concerning the Maid of Kent . 27
XII. VISION OF JOHN DARLEY. June 27 *'?'"'-' ' j . 34
XIII. LETTER OF THOMAS DORSET. London, March 13. Dr. Crouk-
horne's vision of the Trinity and Virgin Mary. Lambert's exami-
nation at Lambeth for heresy. Jurisdiction of the Bp. of London.
The Bp. of Worcester's Sermon at Paul's Cross. The King's pro-
position for an Act of Parliament against idleness . '' .36
XIV. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. London, Ascension Day, 1534. Con-
ference with the monks of the Charter House, who refused to ac-
knowledge the King's supremacy . '. ' "' ' Y"' < *"* . . 40
XV. ROLAND LEE AND BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. Milesend, June 15,
1534. Conference with the friars of Richmond on the same subject 41
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LETTER XVI. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. London, July 28, 1534. Bp. Fisher's
books against the King's new marriage. The nuns of Syon acknow-
ledge the King's supremacy, &c. . .44
XVII. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. Sion, Dec. 12, 1534. The nuns
of Syon. Conduct of Bishop the Confessor. Many of the monks
weary of their habit . . .47
XVIII. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. Syon, Dec. 17, 1534. Visitation of
Syon . 48
A. D. 1535.
XIX. RYCHARD ZOUCHE TO CROMWELL. Requests to have the abbey
of Stavordale restored as it was founded by his ancestors . . 51
XX. SIR PETER DUTTON TO CROMWELL. Dutton, Aug. 3. Insur-
rection at Norton. The abbot and some others in custody . 52
XXI. THE ABBOT OF WARDON'S REASONS FOR RESIGNING . 53
XXII. MARGARET VERNON TO CROMWELL, desiring to surrender her
monastery . . . . .55
XXIII. DR. LEGH TO CROMWELL. Laycock, Aug. 20. Requesting
uniformity in the proceedings against the monasteries . . 56
XIV. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. Bristol, Bartholomew's Day.
Relics from Maiden Bradley. Dissolute behaviour of the prior of
that house . . . . . . .58
XXV. JOHN BARTELOT TO CROMWELL. States that he and five others
XXXIX. RICHARD WHARTON TO CROMWELL. Bungay, Nov. 7. The
prior of Ingham had sold his abbey and lands to William Wood-
house, contrary to his promise to Edward Calthorpe, whose an-
cestors founded the same, and who now desires to have it . .86
XL. THE COMMISSIONERS IN KENT TO CROMWELL. Canterbury,
Nov. 16. Surrender of Langdon, Dover, and Folkstone abbeys . 88
XLI. CHRISTOPHER LEVYNS TO CROMWELL. Informing him that the
prior of Christ's Church, Canterbury, had acted contrary to his oath,
and had conveyed away jewels and treasure out of the house, and
according to report murdered some of the monks . . .90
XLII. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. Lichfield, Dec. 22. Visitation
of monasteries northward from London, and lewd and riotous living
of the monks. Chicksand, Harewold, St. Andrew's in Northamp-
ton ; Newark and Southwell colleges . . . .91
A. D. 1536.
XLIII. THE BISHOP OF LINCOLN TO CROMWELL. Woburn, Jan. 10.
Election of Sir John Blakytt to be prior of Newstead besides Stam-
XLIV. DR. LEGH TO CROMWELL. York, Jan. 13. States that he
and Dr. Layton had visited the archbishop of York . . 95
XLV. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. York, Jan. 13. Corruptions in
the monasteries in Yorkshire. Abbey of St. Mary at York . 96
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LETTER XLVI. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. Ramsey, Jan. 15. Commendation of
the abbot and convent of Ramsey. Charter of King Edgar in their
house. Visitation of Saltrey abbey. Inquires if he shall proceed
to the unvisited houses in the diocese of Lincoln . . .98
XLVII. LAYTON AND LEGH TO CROMWELL. Richmond in Yorkshire,
Jan. 20. Scandalous practices of the abbot of Fountains ; that one
Marmaduke, a monk of the house, is a proper man to succeed him,
abbot of Whitby . . . . . . .100
XLVIII. THE ABBOT OF FAVERSHAM TO CROMWELL. Faversham,
March 16. Stating what he considers the duties of an abbot, and
that he is not yet so infirm as to be unable to perform them ; also
the services he has rendered that house, and hoping he maybe
allowed to remain there ... .103
XLIX. THE MANNER OF DISSOLVING THE ABBEYS BY KING HENRY
V "I- 112
L. THE PRIORESS AND NUNS OF LEYBORNE TO CROMWELL, entreating
to have their house preserved . . .116
LI. SIR PETER EDGECUMBE TO CROMWELL. March 25. Stating that
his ancestors were founders of the priories of Totnes and Corn-
worthy, and intreating to have them spared . .117
LII. LORD LAWARR TO CROMWELL. March 25. Intreating to have
the priory of Boxgrave saved from suppression, as he is founder
thereof, and many of his ancestors lie buried there ; or, if not, that
it may be made a college of; or lastly, that he may have the
temporalities thereof . . . t llg
LIII. JOHN MORISE TO CROMWELL. Boxgrave, March 27. Reports
it he and two others had dissolved the priory of Boxgrave accord-
ing to their instructions, and that Lord Lawarr had bought the
goods, &c 12o
LI V. HUMPHREY STAFFORD TO CROMWELL. Bletherwick, Palm Sun-
day. Intreating that the priories of Fineshed and Worspring may
be granted him when suppressed . . m
LV. THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK TO CROMWELL. Cawood, April 23*.
forms him that he has given instructions to his archdeacons to
am all monasteries under 200 per annum not to embezzle or
lienate their goods. Praying also that the houses of St Os-
^ commandment that no preachers shall be allowed to preach novelties 123
LVI. THE P B10 R OF COKESFORD TO CROMWELL. Petition for a pen-
sion of 20/. per annum or more
LVII RXCHARD STRETE TO CROMWELL. Lichfield, May 12.' Inven-
tory of the goods and lands belonging to Calwich abbey . 127
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LETTER LVIIT. THE COMMISSIONERS IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE TO SIR R.
RICH. Catesby, May 12. Recommending that the nunnery of
Catesby should not be suppressed . - . . .129
LIX. THE PRIOR OF BODMIN TO MR. LOK. Bodmin, May 25. Com-
plaining that his canons refuse to live according to the injunctions
given by the bishop at his visitation . . - .130
LX. RICHARD BEERLY TO CROMWELL. Desiring to be dismissed from
the monastery of Pershore on account of the disorderly life of the
monks ........ 132
LXI. THE ABBOT OF KENILWORTH TO CROMWELL. Kenilworth,
June 17. Petitions to have the temporal benefits arising from the
priory of Broke . . . . . . .134
LXII. GEORGE GIFFARD TO CROMWELL. Garrendon, June 19. He
and the other Commissioners had surveyed several religious houses
in the counties of Stafford and Leicester ; Brook, Bradley, Wolver-
ton, Kirkby Beler, Woolstrope, Garrendon, St. James in Northamp-
ton, Catesby ; he intreats that Woolstrope abbey may remain unsup-
pressed, as it is a very well ordered house . . . .136
LXITI. RICHARD SOUTHWELL TO CROMWELL. July 25. Sequestration
of Walsingham abbey. Discovery of implements of alchemy . 138
LXIV. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Maxtock, July 28. In
favour of the nunnery of Pollesworth .... 139
LXV. SIR THOMAS ELYOT TO CROMWELL. Pleading his poverty and
suing for some of the suppressed lands . . . .140
LXVI. SIR WILLIAM BASSETT TO CROMWELL, with the images of St.
Anne of Buxton and St. Modwen of Burton-upon-Trent which he had
removed, and stating also that he had shut up the wells at Buxton 143
LXVII. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Reporting that they had
visited the monastery of Bury St. Edmond's, where they had taken a
large amount of gold, silver, and jewels. .... 144
LXVIII. THE ABBOT AND CONVENT OF WOBURN TO THE KING.
that they may be allowed to continue there . . .145
LXIX. RICHARD CROMWELL TO LORD CROMWELL. Ramsey, Oct. 15.
Visitation of Ely and Ramsey ..... 146
LXX. BISHOP LATIMER TO CROMWELL. Nov. 8. Recommending
two monks, and excusing his personal attendance in consequence
of ill health .... .147
LXXI. BISHOP LATIMER TO CROMWELL. Hartlebury, Dec. 13.
Thanking him for his goodness in promoting worthy men, and en-
treating that the priory of Great Malvern may remain unsuppressed 148
LXXII. JOHN SMITH TO FRANCIS CAVE. Withcote, Dec. 22. Stating
that the prior of Laund had conveyed away much of the property of
his house ..... 150
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LETTER LXXIII. THE ABBOT OF CROYLAND TO CROMWELL. March 25.
Sends a present of fish, and entreating his favour . . .152
LXXIV. REPORT OF THE SURRENDER OF FURNESS ABBEY. April 5. 153
LXXV. THE DUKE OF NORFOLK TO CROMWELL. Kenninghall, April
12. Election of a prior of Newbridge . . . .154
LXXVI. DR. LAYTON TO CROMWELL. June 4. Requesting that he
and Dr. Legh may be commissioners to inquire into the state of the
monasteries in the North of England . . . .156
LXXV1I. SIR ARTHUR DARCY TO CROMWELL. Suppression of Jer-
vaulx Abbey ; the grounds the finest in England for the breeding
of horses. Visitation of Sallay. His private affairs . . 158
LXXVIII. THOMAS TYRELL TO CROMWELL. June 12. Informing
him that the vicar of Mendlesham had brought home his wife and
children, which gave great offence to the laity . . .160
LXXIX. JOHN FOSTER TO CROMWELL. June 18. Stating that he
had sent away his wife, whom he had married without knowing that
it was contrary to the king's intentions . . . .160
LXXX. BEDYLL TO CROMWELL. London, June 14. Reporting that
the prior of the Charter House had resigned his house to the king,
and recommending the said prior to favour . . . 162
LXXXI. FRANCIS CAVE TO CROMWELL. Leicester, Aug. 29. Sur-
render of the monastery of Leicester . . . .163
LXXXII. RICHARD BELLASYS TO CROMWELL. York, Nov. 14. De-
molition of the monasteries of Jervaulx and Bridlington . .164
LXXXIII. THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE NORTH TO CROMWELL.
Selby, Dec. 8. Dissolution of the houses of Hampole, St. Oswald's,
Pontefract, Fountains, St. Mary's in York, Nun-Appleton, and
Selby ; Burton-upon-Trent and St. Leonard's in York altered." 166
LXXXIV. THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE NORTH TO CROMWELL.
York, Dec. 15. Dissolution of the houses of Wyeresope, Monk-
Bretton, St. Andrew's at York, Byland, Rievaux, Kirkham, and
Ellerton, and the friars' houses at Tickhill, Doncaster, Pontefract,
and the friars of York. Lead and bells at Bolton reserved . 167
LXXXV. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Northampton, March
2. Suppression of the monastery of St. Andrew's, Northampton,
with list of the pensions granted to the monks . . . igg
* XVI ; R BERT SOUTHWELL TO CROMWELL. Northampton,
March 3. Suppression of the monastery of St. Andrew in North-
ampton, the priory of Westacre, and Boxley abbey m
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LETTER LXXXVII. ARCHBISHOP CRANMER TO CROMWELL. Ford, March 7.
Recommending that the prior of the Charter-house in the isle of
Axeholm should not be deposed, as he thinks he may be persuaded
to resign willingly . . . . . . .173
LXXXVIII. THE BRETHREN OF THE CHARTER HOUSE IN AXEHOLM
TO THE PRIOR OF SHENE. Entreating his assistance, and com-
plaining of the misconduct of their prior in conveying away the
property of the house . . . . . .174
LXXXIX. WILLIAM PETRE TO CROMWELL. Lanthony, March 17.
Resignation of the abbot of Evesham, and surrender of the priory of
Lanthony ........ 177
XC. WILLIAM PARRE TO CROMWELL. Horton, March 18. Concern-
ing the abbey of Peterborough and the town of Kendal . . 178
XCJ. JOHN PORTINARI TO CROMWELL. Lewes, March 24. Demolition
of Lewes priory. Description of the building, with measurements . 180
XCII. SIR RICHARD RICHE TO CROMWELL. Wood Rysing, March 29.
Suppression of Binham and Beeston priories . . .182
XCIII. BISHOP BARLOW TO CROMWELL. Carmarthen, March 31.
Superstitious relics at Haverfordwest and Cardigan. Recommends
the see of St. David's to be removed to Carmarthen . .183
XCIV. BISHOP BARLOW TO CROMWELL. St. David's, April 5. Plate
and money of the chanters of St. David's seized. Violent opposi-
tion he had met with in the diocese . . . .187
XCV. ELIS PRICE TO CROMWELL. North Wales, April 6. Removal
of the image of Darvel Gatheren in the diocese of St. Asaph . 190
XCVI. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CORMWELL. Lincoln, first
Sunday in Lent. Surrender of a number of houses of friars at Bos-
ton, Huntingdon, and Lincoln ; Grantham, Newark, Grimsby,
PROGRESS OF THE COMMISSIONERS IN THE WEST.
XCVII. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CROMWELL. Gloucester,
May 23. Dissolution of religious houses in Northampton, Co-
ventry, Atherston, Warwick, Thelesford, Droitwich, Worcester, and
Gloucester .... . 193
XCVIII. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CROMWELL. Suppression
of religious houses in Bristol, Gloucester, and Winchester, and of
the dissolute conduct of the friars ; with a list of friars who desire
to change their habit . . . . . .196
XCIX. REPORT OF THE SURRENDER OF THE FRIARS AT GLOU-
CESTER. July 28. . ... 202
C. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CROMWELL. Shrewsbury, Aug. 13.
Suppression of religious houses in Worcester, Bridgenorth, Ather-
stone, Lichfield, Stafford, Newcastle-under-Line, and Shrewsbury . 203
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LETTER CI. BISHOP BARLOW TO CROMWELL. Llanfey, Aug. 16. Entreating
that his see of St. David's may be removed to Carmarthen, and de-
scribing the barbarous ignorance and superstition of the "Welsh . 206
CII. RICHARD BISHOP OF DOVER TO CROMWELL. Harford East,
Aug. 27. Suppression of several convents, and asking instructions
concerning others. Shrewsbury, Bristol, Salisbury, Bangor, c.
Superstitious relics in North Wales . . .210
CIII. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Oxford, July 27. Surrender of
the houses of Kyme, Nun-Coton, Irford, Fosse, and Hevenynge in
Lincolnshire, and Beauvale and Newstead in Nottinghamshire . 213
CIV. JOHN FITZWARREN TO CROMWELL. Dorneford, Aug. 20. En-
treating to be allowed to purchase the goods at the Black Friars in
Sarum, and that Mr. Goodale may be allowed the same with the
Grey Friars 216
CV. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Oxford, Aug. 31. Friars at Oxford
who desire to change their habit. The Grey Friars in Reading.
Relics and superstitions ...... 217
CVI. POLLARD AND OTHERS TO CROMWELL. Reports their having re-
ceived various relics at Winchester, and their intention of proceed-
ing to the monasteries of Hyde and St. Mary's . . . 218
CVII. RICHARD POLLARD TO CROMWELL. Reading, Sept. 15. Sup-
pression of the priory in Reading . . . . 220
CVIII. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Reading, Sept. 17. Proceed-
ings at Reading. Image of our Lady at Caversham, and other relics.
Recommends that the Priory Church at Reading should be con-
verted into a town hall ...... 221
CIX. DR. LONDON TO SIR RICHARD RICH. Reading, Sept. 17. Sur-
render of the priory at Reading. Image of our Lady at Caversham,
and other relics. Requires instructions for the suppression of the
friars' houses in Aylesbury, Bedford, and Northampton . . 224
CX. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Reading, Sept. 18. Surrender of
the Grey Friars at Reading. Relics taken there, with a list of them 225
CXI. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Godstow, Nov. 6. Suppression
of the nunnery of Godstow. The abbess and sisters recommended
to favour. Tollisop Crossfriars beside Warwick, Austin Friars at
Northampton, Combe Abbey ..... 227
CXII. THE ABBESS OF GODSTOW TO CROMWELL. Godstow, Nov. 5.
Complaining of the conduct of Dr. London, and asking protection . 229
CXIII. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Christchurche, Dec. 2.
Surrender of Twynham priory . . . . .231
CXIV. DR. LONDON TO CROMWELL. Oxford, Dec. 28. Surrender of
the houses of Ensham, Notley, Donnington (near Newbury,) De-
Iapr6, St Anne (near Coventry), and Combe. Many relics . 232
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LETTER CXV. DR. LONDON TO SIR RICHARD RICH. Particulars relating to
near Newbury. Requires further instructions respecting Theles-
ford, Nun-Coton, and Combe ..... 235
CXVI. THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE WEST TO CROMWELL. Glou-
cester, Jan. 4, 1538-9. Surrender of the abbeys of Hayles and
Winchcombe in Gloucestershire ..... 236
CXVII. BISHOP LEE TO CROMWELL. Wigmore, Jan. 12. Entreating
to have the cathedral at Coventry converted into a collegiate
church ........ 238
MISCELLANEOUS PROCEEDINGS IN 1538.
CXVIII. SIR THOMAS AUDLEY TO CROMWELL. Eston, Aug. 12.
Priory of St. Osith. Entreats assistance in his suit to the King . 239
CXIX. SIR THOMAS AUDLEY TO CROMWELL. Entreating to be allowed
to purchase Walden Abbey . . . . .241
CXX. DR. LEGH TO CROMWELL. Vale Royal, Aug. 22. Disorderly
living of many of the knights and gentlemen in the archdeaconries
of Coventry, Stafford, Derby, and Cheshire . . . 243
CXXI. THE ABBOT or VALE ROYAL TO CROMWELL. Lichfield, Sept.
9. Stating that he had not surrendered his abbey as reported, nor
desired to do so . . . . . . 244
CXXII. SIR THOMAS AUDLEY TO CROMWELL. Berechurch, Sept. 8.
Reporting that he had visited Prince Edward (afterwards Edward
VI.) and entreating that the houses of St. Osith and St. John's in
Colchester may be changed into colleges ... 245
CXXIII. THE PRIOR or GISBURNE and TRISTRAM TESHE TO CROM^
WELL. Whitby, Oct. 8. Election of a prior of Whitby . .248
CXXIV. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. St. Alban's, Dec. 10.
The abbot of St. Alban's refuses to surrender his abbey . . 250
CXXV. JOHN BEAUMONT TO CROMWELL. Whellesborough, Dec. 27.
With a present of 201., entreating that he may be allowed to pur-
chase the nunnery of Gracedieu . . . . .251
SEQUEL OF THE DISSOLUTION.
CXXVI. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Glastonbury, Sept. 22,
1539. Examination of the abbot of Glastonbury . . . 255
CXXV1I. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Glastonbury, Sept.
28, 1539. Reporting that they had found much money and plate at
Glastonbury hidden there by the abbot and monks ; and some other
matters relating to the dissolution of that house . . . 257
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LETTER CXXVIII. THE COMMISSIONERS TO CROMWELL. Glastonbury, Oct. 2,
1539. The abbot of Glastonbury accused of treasonable prac-