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Monday, February 20, 2017

Talk by Tony Hadland "The Turbulent Lifetime of Thomas Vachell" (Mon. 20 Feb, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

The Turbulent Lifetime of Thomas Vachell

Thomas Vachell was the heir of an old Reading gentry family; his wife was a Reade from Abingdon. Thomas’s father suppressed the hugely wealthy Reading Abbey, yet Thomas doggedly stuck to ‘the old faith’. His story spans five monarchs and four changes of religion. He became the most fined man in Oxfordshire, his wealth was seized in a government raid and, as a result of ‘swimming against the tide’, he fell out with his wife. Thomas Vachell’s story illustrates some of the huge changes England went through in the Tudor and early Stuart era – and it has a fairly happy ending!

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