King Henry VIII suppressed the monasteries and other Catholic religious organizations.Monasteries (and their records) were burned or torn down.Religious art and artworks such as chalices, crucifixes, stained glass, were destroyed in most cases.Parish churches were taken over by the Church of England.(Westminster Abbey was a Catholic Abbey.The Anglicans didn't get it until after Henry VIII.)Queen Elizabeth claimed to take a more moderate stance.She would be leader of the church of in England, but the older Roman Catholic ceremonies that a lot of people liked would be kept.(That didn't sit well with the Puritans and other like minded groups.)However, Queen Elizabeth I martyred far more Catholics that her sister Mary did Protestants during her brief revival of Catholicism.Monks, nuns, canons were killed if they wouldn't convert to the Anglican faith or if they couldn't excape to other countries.I don't know how many of those who escaped were able to take their records with them or reconstruct them after they reached safety.The time period you ask about was one of vicious persecution of Catholics in England and English possessions.
If you want info. about the English Canonesses, you should write to that order.Some English Canonesses returned to England in the 18th Century.The Catholic bishops usually publishes a directory for their country.See if there is a directory for the Catholic Church in England and look up English Canonesses.Religious orders usually keep good records, and often record what members who lived through a difficult time remember of it, so there will be at least some record.You can also look in history books with titles such as the Catholic Church in England in Elizabethan times or during the reign of Henry VIII. Sincerely, Kate Hagel