Social and economic impacts of the dissolution of the monasteries

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  • Religious houses offered hospitality for pilgrims and charity for the old and infirm
    • Monasteries had supplied alms for the poor and destitute
      • Monasteries had been employers of large numbers of farm workers- stimulus for the local economy
  • (S) Argued that removal of this and other charitable incomes mounted to 5% of net monastic income
    • (S) "sturdy beggars" that plagued late Tudor England lead to crime and instability
    • Social and economic consequences
      • (S) Saved impressive churches, turned into Cathedrals EG Bristol, Gloucester, Chester and Westminster
        • (S) Loss of great abbeys like Glastonbury and Fountains
      • (E) Others bought by their local communities: to be able toserve parish churches
      • (E) Vast amounts of monastic property were sold quickly, at far less than market value

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