A rare 16th century letter is on display at Norton Priory, on loan from the British Library until the end of July. It tells of the imprisonment of the abbot of Norton Priory and is a rare insight into the political machinations at the heart of the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
The letter was written by Piers Dutton, a powerful local aristocrat informing Cromwell, Henry VIII’s right hand man, of the abbot’s arrest. He even suggests a possible replacement; a monk from nearby Vale Royal.
Dr Andrew Dunning, Curator of Medieval Historical Manuscripts at the British Library said, ‘The letter is a window into the turmoil brought about by Henry VIII’s rule, providing rare insight into the fates of monks after his dissolution of the monasteries.’