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Valor Ecclesiasticus for Derby

The Valor Ecclesiasticus was a survey of the wealth of monastic houses throughout England and Wales, made in readiness for their suppression. Fears that the dissolution of the smaller monasteries would be extended to parish churches sparked the Pilgrimage of Grace in the northern counties. Henry VIII put down the revolt in a show of force, and the involvement of monastic leaders provided an excuse to extend the suppression to larger monastic houses. Many of the magnificent edifices that had formed a part of the English landscape for centuries were sold off to private buyers and pulled down to provide local building material.

For more on the Valor Ecclesiasticus, visit our Treasures exhibition.

Catalogue reference: E 344/22 (date: 1535-6)

Valor Ecclesiasticus for Derby. Cat ref: E 344/22
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