|In 1381 the refusal of villagers in
Fobbing, and other areas, to pay the poll tax sparked the
On 30th May, John Brapton attempted to
collect the poll tax from villagers at Fobbing. The
villagers, led by Thomas Baker (who owned "Pokattescroft
alias Bakerescroft" in Fobbing), told Brampton that
they would give him nothing more and he was forced to leave
the village empty handed.
Robert Belknap was sent to
investigate the incident and to punish the offenders. On
2nd June, he was attacked at Brentwood.
By this time the
violent discontent had spread, and the counties of Essex
and Kent were in full revolt. Soon people moved on London
in an armed uprising. Thomas Baker was executed for his
part in the uprising on 4th July 1381 at Chelmsford - see
Randal Bingley's article in Panorama 37 and his book,
"Fobbing - Life and Landscape".
picture shows the Memorial to the Peasants' Revolt at
Fobbing - a metal sculpture by B R Coode-Adams erected to
commemorate the 600th anniversary in 1981.
There is more information about
Fobbing on the parish web site.