In the town of Bury St. Edmunds in England, the Abbey buildings have been crumbling for centuries. From the original stone buildings, ruins. Local residents pulled stones from the monastery ruins. To build new dwellings. Modern residence, built right into the ruins of the 11th Century Abbey. How did the monastery become a ruin? From 1536 to 1541, King Henry VIII dissolved all the monasteries and religious houses in Britain (remember the story of all his wives?), and confiscated all their wealth, which was prodigious, approaching that of the English Crown itself. Henry’s minions traveled all over Britain, literally destroying the monasteries, and seizing anything they could carry, defacing what they couldn’t. This was the beginning of the Church of England (Anglican).