Netley and Titchfield Abbeys
After failing to persuade Rome to void his marriage with Catherine of Aragon so that he could wed Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII broke with the papal authorities in 1533 and became Supreme Head of the Church of England in 1534. There was a lot of discontent about the catholic clergy at that time, the Reformation was well under way and the King used his new powers to reform the clergy and disband some of the numerous monasteries, priories, convents and friaries in the country by appropriating their income, disposing of their assets and converting this wealth into Royal revenue. However the strain of his military campaigns weighted more and more on the Kingdom's finances and Henry VIII eventually ended up in selling off all monastic properties in an attempt to fill the everlasting gap in his treasury. This became known as the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the result of which can still be seen all over the country today where only ruins remind us of the former wealth and grandness of many abbeys and monasteries. Two such monasteries can be found in Hampshire not far from each other: Netley and Titchfield abbeys which make for a nice and easy day-trip from Basingstoke.
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