Beunans Meriasek, the Cornish language play of the life of Meriasek of Camborne, is written at Penryn.
A coastal defence map shows towers at Glasney with guns paid for by townsmen. John Leland, chaplain and librarian to King Henry VIII, visits Penryn about this time and said that it was a pretty town of merchandise and had a victual (food) market.
There is a small school at Glasney.
Penryn gets two members of Parliament and its interests are well represented for almost 300 years.
Under King Edward VI, Britain changes from the Catholic to Protestant religion and Glasney is finally dissolved. The collegiate buildings and surrounding lands are sold off to Giles Keylwaye for more than £3,000 or several million pounds in today’s money. At about this time St Gluvias church sells some surplus church plate for £20 to build Penryn Market House.
Glasney Church Demolished
The collegiate church of Glasney is demolished and roof lead goes to Star Castle on the Isle of Scilly. Royal agents take more church plate away from St Gluvias. The town population numbers about 500 people (400 are 16yrs or older)
Penryners take part in the Prayer Book Rebellion.
The Fish Market
A fish market is first noted at the top of St Thomas Street, Penryn.
Lord Burghley records on his map that just below where the Penryn River divides in two; a barrier of wooden stakes protects the town from seaward attacks. Gaps for navigation are closed by chains when danger looms.
The Mayor Sets Sail
The mayor of Penryn is selected to hire a frigate to sail off the coast of Spain to see that the coast is clear of further Armadas.