Thomas Baker (Peasants' Revolt leader)
Role in the Revolt
The Peasants' Revolt was triggered by incidents in the Essex villages of Fobbing and Brentwood. On 30 May, John Brampton attempted to collect the poll tax from villagers at Fobbing. The villagers, led by Thomas Baker, a local landowner, told Brampton that they would give him nothing and he was forced to leave the village empty handed. Robert Belknap, Chief Justice of Common Pleas, was sent to investigate the incident and to punish the offenders. On 2 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.
- Maurice Hugh Keen, England in the Later Middle Ages: A Political History (Routledge, 1975)
- Randal Bingley, Hanged on the 4th of July (in Panorama - the Journal of the Thurrock Local History Society, 1996)
- Randal Bingley, Fobbing, Life and Landscape (Pheon Heritage in association with Thurrock Council Museum, 1997)