Wat Tyler Country Park

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The miniature railway at Wat Tyler Country Park.

GPS Co-ordinates: 51°32′55″N 0°30′21″E / 51.548524°N 0.505723°E / 51.548524; 0.505723

Wat Tyler Country Park is a country park located to the south of Pitsea, Essex.[1] The area was inhabited from the Bronze Age onwards and at one time was the location of the Pitsea Explosives Factory.

The park is named after Wat Tyler, the leader of the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, which started in nearby Fobbing before spreading to London. The Revolt failed and Tyler was killed, but he is remembered as a people's champion against the rich and powerful.

Facilities include the RSPB Wildlife Garden and Visitor Centre, and a miniature railway.

Little Coopers Farmhouse which was originally located in Takeley was designated a Grade II building in 1980. In the late 1980s due to redevelopment, the whole structure was dismantled and re-built at the Wat Tyler Country Park.[2]


  1. ^ Basildon Borough Council, http://www.basildon.gov.uk/article/2401/Country-parks-and-nature-reserves
  2. ^ "Basildon – A Chronological History 1980 – 1989". Archived from the original on 19 January 2016.