All very quiet and administrative.
Then, in 1538, Bury St Edmunds was looted, and in 1539-40 Cromwell sent his soldiers to back up the King's orders, because the wealthier monasteries were going a little less quietly (but there was still not much resistance).
|St Joseph's Chapel, Glastonbury Abbey|
It was after the administrative side had taken place that the looting began. David Hey's "The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History" states: "Lead roofs were stripped and building stone was carted away. Livestock and crops were confiscated and granges converted to farms." Goods and chattels were supposed to be auctioned off. Lands were transferred, plunder was sold, gentry increased their holdings.
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