Dissolution of the Monasteries Timeline

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  • 28 Nov 1534
    The Act of Supremacy declares Henry VIII of England the head of the Church in England and not the Pope.
  • 1535
    Thomas Cromwell and a team of inspectors compile the Valor Ecclesiasticus, a record of all the wealth and income of monastic institutions in England and Wales.
  • 1536
    Henry VIII of England and Thomas Cromwell push a bill through Parliament which begins the Dissolution of the Monasteries in England and Wales.
  • Oct 1536 - Dec 1536
    The Pilgrimage of Grace, a popular uprising against religious changes made by Henry VIII of England, marches in the north of England.
  • 1539
    Parliament passes an act to close all monasteries in England and Wales regardless of size.
  • Mar 1540
    Waltham Abbey in Essex is the last monastery to close in England.