DURING the next three centuries new ideas began to appear and gain support. Men such as Wycliffe and Tyndale helped to make the Bible accessible to ordinary people and the advent of printing raised the general level of education. In the time of Henry VIII Ryedale saw the dissolution of abbeys great and small, but parish churches flourished, each with its public bible. An example known as the 'Breeches Bible' dating from 1601 can be seen ( by request) in Coxwold Church.
Industry and the large estates came into more entrepreneurial ownership and the seeds of the industrial revolution were sown. In upper Ryedale and on the coast there were alum workings, the beginnings of the chemical industry. Alum had been the monopoly of the Papacy, with the promise of damnation for infringers, but as the church reformed the business grew.
Page prepared by Ryedale Christian Council Autumn 2000. Updated December 2016
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