On March 23, 1540, the last monastery was surrendered to the king. That was Waltham Abbey. A history of Waltham Abbey was written by a later curate, Thomas Fuller (1608 to August 16, 1661). During his tenure there he was living precariously in a world ruled by those who executed a successor to Henry VIII, Charles I. So his words I think can fairly be said to delicately point to his real sentiments.
These sentiments are preserved in his volume A History of Waltham Abbey, I am not sure exactly when this history was published but it was written during the 1650s . The copy I accessed was included with others works by Fuller in an 1840 collection of his writing, The History of the University of Cambridge: And of Waltham Abbey. With the Appeal of Injured Innocence, which James Nichols edited.
We recall that Thomas Fuller is writing over a century after the dissolution. Writing of The Model of the modern Church. Mortality triumphant, Fuller describes the current abbey.
A structure of Gothic building, rather large than neat, firm than fair; very dark, (the design of those days to raise devotion,) save that it was helped again with artificial lights; and is observed by artists to stand the most exactly east and west of any in England. The great pillars thereof are wreathed with indentings; which vacuities, if formerly filled up with brass, (as some confidently report,) added much to the beauty of the building. But it matters not so much their taking away the brass from the pillars, had they but left the lead on the roof, which is but meanly tiled at this day. In a word, the best commendation of the church is, that on Lord's days, generally, it is filled with a great and attentive congregation....
[Apparently the destruction has continued] A picture of king Harold in glass was lately to be seen in the north window of the church, till ten years since some barbarous hand beat it down, under the notion of superstition. Surely, had such ignorant persons been employed, in the days of Hezekiah, to purge the temple from the former idolatry; under the pretence thereof they would have rended off the lily-work from the pillars; and the lions, oxen, and cherubims from the bases of brass.
I assume Fuller refers to the imprint behind the brass, stripped away in the previous century. By "Harold" Fuller refers to the last Saxon king of England. The text goes on to suggest the motive is not anti-popery so much, as a neighborhood rivalry over who can claim to be the burial place of this king. The argument I am not quoting makes clear that the destruction of the glass window is to diminish the claims of Waltham Abbey to be the burial place. Fuller could not speak of his regard for the exiled Charles II, but the sentiment behind his speaking of Harold, suggests this, also. And Charles II did return to England, and restore Thomas Fuller to his pre-eminence, in 1660.