During the years 1537, 1538, and the early part of
1539, numerous further suppression or surrenders had taken place; these were
covered, at the close of the session in 1539, by the following Act, which vested
all monastic property in the King.
Where divers and sundry abbots, priors, abbesses,
prioresses, and other ecclesiastical governors and governesses of divers
monasteries, abbacies, priories, nunneries, colleges, hospitals, houses of
friars, and other religious and ecclesiastical houses and places within this our
sovereign lord the King's realm of England and Wales, of their own free and
voluntary minds, good wills and assents, without constraint, coaction, or
compulsion of any manner of person or persons, since the fourth day of Feb, the
twenty-seventh year of the reign of our now most dread sovereign lord, by the
due order and course of the common law of this his realm of England, and by
their sufficient writings of record, under their convent and common seals, have
severally given, granted, and by the same their writings severally confirmed all
their said monasteries, abbacies, priories, nunneries, colleges, hospitals,
houses or friars, and other religious and ecclesiastical houses and places, and
all their sites, circuits, and precincts of the same, and all and singular their
manors, lordships, granges, meases, lands, tenements, meadows, pastures, rents,
reversions, services, woods, tithes, pensions, portions, churches, chapels,
advowsons, patronages, annuities, rights, entries, conditions, commons, leets,
courts, liberties, privileges, and franchises appertaining or in wise belonging
to any such monastery, abbacy, priory, nunnery, college, hospital, house of
friars, and other religious and ecclesiastical houses and places, or to any of
them, by whatsoever name or corporation they or any of them, were then called,
and of what order, habit, religion, or other kind or quality soever they or any
of them were reputed, known, or taken; to, have and to hold all the said. .
.voluntarily, as is aforesaid, have renounced, left, and forsaken, and every of
them has renounced, left, and forsaken.
That the King our sovereign lord shall have, hold, possess, and enjoy to him, his heirs and successors for ever, all and singular such late monasteries, etc. . . . And it is further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that not only all the said late monasteries. . .but also other etc. . .which hereafter shall happen to be dissolved, suppressed, renounced, relinquished, forfeited, given up, or by any other means come unto the King's highness. . .
All monastic lands shall be within the survey of the court of augmentation except such as come by attainder.