1547 – 1553 Edward VI – Loxwood in the Tudor period


Edward VI was born at Hampton Court Palace, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. He was the first English monarch to be raised as a Protestant and he was only 9 years old when he was crowned on 20 February 1547. During his reign, the realm was governed by a regency council first led by his uncle Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, and then by John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland.

Edward’s reign was marked by economic problems and social unrest that in 1549 erupted into riot and rebellion. The transformation of the Church of England into a recognisably Protestant body also occurred under Edward VI and it was during this period Protestantism was established for the first time in England.

In 1553, at age 15, Edward fell ill. When his sickness was discovered to be terminal, Edward and his council drew up a “Devise for the Succession” to prevent the country’s return to Catholicism and Edward named his Protestant first cousin once removed, Lady Jane Grey, as his heir, excluding his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, a decision that would ultimately be disputed.




On January 28, 1547, Henry VIII died, and Edward, then aged nine succeeded to the throne. Edward was Henry VIII only legitimate son; his mother was Jane Seymour.


The first book of Common Prayer was published in England.


Henry Napper of Lakers Lodge writing in 1883, reported that when Edward VI ordered the destruction of all High Altar Stones to make way for Communion Tables, the Altar stone of the Chapel of Ease was saved by villagers, who worked it into the bessemer of the kitchen chimney. When the chimney was rebuilt many years later, the High Altar stone was found and taken to Wisborough Green vicarage to be used as a garden seat. In 1933 it was placed in Wisborough Green Church after it was realised to be an ancient stone.

Europeans were playing an early form of tennis.

The game of cricket was being played in England.


14th January a Land transaction mentioned Cokks field, where Pond Cottages now stand.


July Edward VI died from tuberculosis.

Mary I succeeded to the English throne, and devoted her energies into restoring the Catholic faith

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