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Suppression of Religious Houses Act 1539

The Suppression of Religious Houses Act 1539 (31 Hen 8 c 13), sometimes referred to as the Second Act of Dissolution[3] or as the Act for the Dissolution of the Greater Monasteries,[4][5] was an Act of the Parliament of England.

The Suppression of Religious Houses Act 1539[1]
Long titleAn Acte for dissolucion of the Abbeys.[2]
Citation31 Hen 8 c 13
Other legislation
Repealed byStatute Law (Repeals) Act 1969
Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1989
Status: Repealed

It provided for the dissolution of 552 monasteries and houses remaining after the Dissolution of the Lesser Monasteries Act of 1535.

The whole Act, except section 19, was repealed by section 1 of, and Part II of the Schedule to, the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1969.

Section 19 was repealed by section 1(1) of, and Part VIII of Schedule 1 to, the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1989. The Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission had advised that section 19 was "spent".[6]

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  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title was authorised by section 5 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1948. Due to the repeal of those provisions, it is now authorised by section 19(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978.
  2. ^ These words are printed against this Act in the second column of Schedule 2 to the Statute Law Revision Act 1948, which is headed "Title".
  3. ^ Geoffrey Rudolph Elton. The Tudor Constitution: Documents and Commentary. Second Edition. Cambridge University Press. 1982. Page vii
  4. ^ William John Hardy. Documents Illustrative of English Church History. Macmillan and Co Ltd. 1914. Page 281.
  5. ^ Carr, Dorothy. The Reformation in England: To the Accession of Elizabeth I. St Martin's Press. New York. 1968. Page vi.
  6. ^ The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission. Statute Law Revision: Thirteenth Report. Law Com 179. SLC 117. Cm 671. HMSO. London. May 1989. Page 108.