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1530 Under Henry VIII's measures, most chantry chapels destroyed. Six priests were granted pensions as redundancy payments.
1535 -1548 John Wilkinson - Vicar of North Grantham
1540 Effects of Reformation gradually spread through the country.
1548 banishing of images and statues - Not all parishioners welcomed the changes!
1548 -1552 John Clarke - Vicar of North Grantham
1550 Book of Common Prayer slow to be accepted
1550 -1552 William Rede - Vicar of South Grantham
1552 -1559 Thomas Fuller, chaplain - Vicar of South Grantham
1552 -1554 Oliver Heywood - Vicar of North Grantham
1554 -1557 William Harberd or Garberd - Vicar of North Grantham
1557 -1563 Richard Smith, clerk - Vicar of North Grantham
1558 Lay visitors overseeing reforms visited Grantham. Clashes between the reformers and opponents More info
1559 -1560 John Only - Vicar of South Grantham
1560 The stone font, a gift of Richard Fox, may have been thrown out at this time and now shows evidence of having been badly weathered.
1560 -1563 Richard Smythe - Vicar of South Grantham
1563 -1574 Dom John Clarke - Vicar of North Grantham
1563 -1580 Jaspar Turnbull
1574 -1580 Francis Bannister - Vicar of North Grantham
1575 Vicar and a Curate summoned to Lincoln by the Bishop and barred from preaching following clashes between the reformers and opponents.


1528 Grammar School re-founded by Bishop Fox, endowed with the revenues of two chantries
1538 Franciscan friary dissolved
1540 Wealthy merchants, but widespread poverty
1540 Population of Grantham grew to 1500
1541 Grantham included in a list of "decayed towns"
1553 Grammar School became King Edward VI school: headmaster's salary was £12 a year.
1560 Shop now "Catlins" built.
1574 Grantham House extended (date on chimney stack)


1526 Tyndale's translation of the Bible admitted into England
1530 Spinning wheel invented in Germany
1534 Henry VIII, partly for personal reasons, split from Church of Rome and established himself ‘Supreme Head of Church of England’
1536 -1540 Dissolution of the Monasteries – lands and wealth claimed by the King
1539 Parishes required to record births, marriages and deaths
1547 -1553 Edward VI - a protestant
1549 Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury wrote Book of Common Prayer.
1549 Act of Uniformity - banned Catholic Mass and demanded removal of all idols and images from churches.
1550 Conrad Gesner began Historia Animalium, the basis of natural history - a volume is in the Trigge Library
1550 English, not Latin, to be used in church services
1553 -1558 Mary I - a Catholic, re-imposed Catholicism
1553 -1558 Leading protestant Bishops burned at the stake
1553 -1603 Age of stability in Britain
1555 mass execution of hundreds of Protestants – Smithfield Martyrs
1558 -1603 Elizabeth I - continued Protestant reforms in moderation
1564 -1616 William Shakespeare


Edward VI Crowned 1547 Died 1553 1549 Introduction of Book of Common Prayer Tudor
Mary I Crowned 1553 Died 1558 1554 Mary I married Philip of Spain Tudor
Elizabeth I Crowned 1558 Died 1603 1588 Spanish Armada Tudor