Kett's Oak

A popular landmark associated with what came to be known as Kett's Rebellion.

In1549 Robert Kett a local tanner found himself effectively at the head of growing rural protest against the use of enforced enclosures and other abuses by landlords.

A petition stating the nature of their grievances was dispatched to the King's Council in London, but was received with little or no sympathy.

Eventually the protest was forcibly put down by the Earl of Warwick and a contingent of 12000 men, including 1000 German mercenaries.

Robert Kett and his brother William together with many of his followers were hanged.