Tudor links in Yorkshire and the North East

Lindisfarne Castle off the Northumberland Coast

Henry VIII took over Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island as part of the dissolution of the monasteries. Find out more about this and more Tudor history that unfolded at the places we look after in Yorkshire and the North East.

Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland

Located close to the Scottish border south of Berwick upon Tweed, Holy Island was strategically important as a deep water harbour.
The fort of Lindisfarne Castle was built, using stone from the priory buildings, to protect this safe anchorage.

Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire

The current Nunnington Hall evolved from Tudor beginnings.
William Parr, brother of Henry VIII’s sixth and last wife Catherine Parr, inherited Nunnington Hall. But William was involved in the scheme to place Lady Jane Grey on the throne after Edward VI's death. This led to William's estates being forfeit to the Crown.
The estate was later tenanted by Dr. Robert Huicke, physician to Elizabeth I and earlier to Henry and Catherine.

Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey was a major victim of the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII.
Once one of the richest religious houses in Europe, its ruins are now the most complete Cistercian abbey remains in the country.
The ruins can be viewed at a distance from ‘Anne Boleyn’s Seat’ in Studley Royal Water Garden, so named because of the headless statue which stands there facing them.