I just can’t get enough of these hauntingly beautiful ruins. There are so many of them because of the Dissolution. When the Pope refused to grant Henry VIII a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, Henry established the Church of England and had himself declared head of the church in order to get his divorce. Then from 1536-1541 he had all the Catholic monasteries, abbeys, churches, and cathedrals destroyed, if they did not agree to change religions. Well, that’s one way to get things done.