In 1381, the villagers of Fobbing (and of Corringham and
Stanford le Hope) were summoned to Brentwood to pay "shortfalls" in
their poll tax. Thomas Baker, declared that his village had already
paid their taxes, and that no more money would be forthcoming. This
was one of the sparks that ignited the peasant's revolt. He
was the principal leader of the rebels in Fobbing and in the wider
Barstable Hundred. He was executed by hanging and drawing on 4th July 1381 in Chelmsford.
Thomas Baker owned "Pokattescroft alias Bakerescroft" in Fobbing,
for which he paid 2s per year to the Abbot of Waltham Cross. Baker's
land in Fobbing probably came into his possession through his wife,
Avice After his execution, his land was confiscated. It was
identified in various land transactions in the 16th and 17th
centuries. The name was not used on the tithe redemption map or the
associated schedule, but it can still be identified as a result of a
farm survey by Thomas Marsh in 1781 - see Randal Bingley's article
in Panorama 37 and his book, "Fobbing - Life and Landscape".
shows the Memorial to the Peasants' Revolt in the recreation ground at Fobbing.
This is a metal sculpture
by B R Coode-Adams, erected to commemorate the 600th anniversary in 1981.
At the same time, a plaque was placed outside the White Lion pub at
the end of Fobbing Road.(See Exploring Thurrock by
Christopher Harrold - second edition, 2008.)
The revolt is also remembered in the name of Wat Tyler Country
Park, a short distance away in Pitsey Hall Lane in Basildon.