Sir Thomas Arundell
(1502-1552)

Died aged c. 50

Sir Thomas Arundell (c. 1502 – 26 February 1552) was a Cornish administrator and alleged conspirator. Arundell was connected by birth and marriage to the crown and to several of the most important families in England, and by the time of the death of King Henry VIII was one of the most experienced government officers in England. Those in power had concerns with his influence and his family's devotion to the old religion. Vague and unproven allegations of complicity in the south-western rebellion in 1549 were made against him.In late 1551 he temporarily aligned himself with the Protector Somerset, thereby putting himself in conflict with John Dudley, Earl of Warwick. He was arrested and charged with conspiring to overthrow the government and murder the Earl. He was convicted, beheaded on Tower Hill on 26 February 1552. His property was confiscated, but in June 1552 the Crown began restoring it to his widow and, from 1553, to his son.

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Photo of Thomas Arundell and Rose and Crown, Shaftesbury blue plaque
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Site of Lord Arundel's town house c.1590, later the Rose & Crown Inn. Present building c.1835 may include parts of the old house.

High Street, Shaftesbury, United Kingdom where he lived