Robert Aske in 1537 began the Pilgrimage of Grace from Thicket in opposition to the dissolution of the monasteries. He raised a rebel army to face Henry VIII’s army led by the Duke of Norfolk. The rebellion was unsuccessful, and Robert was hung in chains at Clifford’s tower in York. By 1539 Thicket Priory was in the hands of King. Nevertheless, a letter from Thomas Cromwell gave the house and lands to William Wyeth. It seems Thicket Priory received some favourable treatment as it is unclear whether the buildings on the land were ever destroyed as per the instructions of Cromwell.