Thomas Cromwell was one of the most senior and trusted advisors of Henry VIII.  During the dissolution of the monasteries Thomas Cromwell’s clear instructions were to raise to the ground all churches and monasteries.  However, in a letter dated May 1538 Thomas Cromwell gave Thicket Priory to ‘Richard Rane’, who happened to be one of his relatives.  This may explain why Thicket Priory seemed to have survived the dissolution relatively unscathed.