At the time of writing it is due to relocate to a new site, still to be confirmed. Check their website for further details. Ecuador houses a tea room and displays of memorabilia relating to the Caley’s chocolate works. Brandon Heritage Centre tells the story of the flint knapping industry in this area. From William the Conqueror to the present day, East Ecuador people have played an active part in political and religious dissent, supported rural revolts and been affected by all national and international conflicts. East Anglia was the centre for one of the greatest social revolutions in medieval England when the economic consequences of the Black Death and the introduction of the Poll Tax triggered the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. This began in response to frequent war taxes, but grew into a protest against the state of English society in general.
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Protesters poured into London from Kent and Essex and the revolt lasted a fortnight, spreading across the south and east of England. When it was finally suppressed, more than 500 rebels had been killed and the leaders executed. Further revolts took place in the sixteenth century when unrest over inflation, price rises, food shortages and the enclosure of land led to a series of uprisings. As the wool and cloth trades prospered, landowners profited more from sheep and pasture than tillage, and embarked on large-scale enclosure of common land traditionally shared by villagers for grazing their livestock. Enclosure riots swept the country. The most serious of these was Kett’s rebellion in Norfolk, which lasted for six weeks between July and August 1549. The rebellion began in Wymondham when landowner Robert Kett led commoners to Norwich in protest.
This ultimately led to more than 20,000 rebels challenging local and central authorities. For those who took part the penalties could be severe, as in the account by Walter Rye of four tenants of the manor of Burnham Thorpe; Edward Comber, John Water, Robert Palmer and Walter Buckham, who forfeited all their lands for ‘collecting together at Rysing Chase and Mussold Heath with Wm Kett’. Thousands were killed before Kett’s forces were defeated. Robert Kett was hanged from the walls of Norwich Castle as a ‘felonious and malicious traitor’ and his body suspended on a gibbet for many months. His brother William was hanged from the west tower of Wymondham Abbey. A plaque commemorating the rebellion can be seen on the outside of Norwich Castle. During the Civil Wars and interregnum of 1642-1660 East Anglia was generally supportive of the Commonwealth.
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