The Pembrokes and the Arundells acquired much property as a result of the Tudor Dissolution of the Monastaries under Henry VIII. The Benetts of Pythouse and Norton Bavant (from whom my husband's family are descended) rose to prominence before the 16th century. Like many minor gentry, they were lawyers, knights and wool merchants. The Bennets lived in Pythouse acquired Hatch as a dower house in the mid-19th century. Very likely the Benetts were tenants of the Benedictine Abbess of Shaftesbury (the Abbey was established by King Alfred in 888, and was the richest nunnery in England); they derived the name Benett (blessed?) from Benedictine. Like the Arundells and the Pembrokes, the Pythouse Benetts fought for the Royalist side in the Civil War.
Great local families, who rose to power under the Tudors, as soldiers, politicians, courtiers, are the Arundells of Wardour Castle (a recusant Roman Catholic family who played their cards artfully during the protestant vs. Roman Catholic conflicts of the Tudor period) and the Pembrokes (Herberts) of Wilton. Wardour Castle (c. 1392), the only British castle ever built in the hexagonal form that was stylish in France, is visible from Hatch House: due to Civil War hostilities it is now a picturesque but roofless ruin, and a marvellous place to give young children a run. Nearby is Wilton (about 10 miles by road), a magnificent palatial country house: it survived the Civil War in tact, and is stuffed with rich furnishings, great art, many objects of historical interest; it is still lived in by the Pembrokes, but open to the public.