This room is named after the Pilgrimage of Grace which is said to have started from Thicket Priory. The Pilgrimage of Grace was the worst uprising of King Henry VIII’s reign as a direct result of the dissolution of the monasteries. In 1536, Robert Aske came to be regarded as the leader of around 40,000 rebels from all over the North of England who gathered with him in York. Robert started to lead the men south increasing his numbers as he went. The King’s men were hopelessly outnumbered, so the King turned to diplomacy; the rebels did not after all want to overthrow him, they just wanted the monasteries restored. The King promised a pardon and that the monasteries would be restored however he broke his word and Robert was put on trial and hung at Clifford’s Tower in York. Robert’s brother John did not support the rebellion and it is interesting that John was trusted enough by Henry VIII to be given Thicket after Robert’s death. Thicket also appears to have received favourable treatment as it was spared the dissolution.