Thomas Tallis – a person of Waltham Abbey

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1585 of Thomas Tallis, considered one of England’s greatest early composers and having a most important place in the development of English sacred music.

During his working life he saw four monarchs, and the religion changed several times between Catholic and Protestant, yet he managed to survive.

For a period Thomas Tallis was organist at the Augustinian Great Abbey of Waltham until its dissolution in 1540 under Henry VIII.   Today we in the town of Waltham Abbey remember one of the most important people to have lived here.