Audley End by John Barnes

Audley End

Walden Abbey was dissolved by king Henry VIII and given to Sir Thomas Audley. One of the kings favourites, he confirmed his divorce, passed the death sentence on Sir Thomas Moore and was judge at the trial of Anne Boleyn. Sir Thomas started building Audley End but it passed through several hands until Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk, completed the work in the 1600's. The house was recognised as the most ambitious of its time and became a regular venue for a Royal progress.