Memorial to 1381 Peasants Revolt Unveiled


Things cannot go on well in England nor ever will

until everything shall be in common.  

When there shall be neither Vassal nor Lord

and all distinctions levelled – John Ball

These words are on the memorial to the 1381 Peasants Revolt unveiled in Smithfield on 15 July.

The Memorial also states:

‘At this place on 15th June 1381 Wat Tyler, John Ball and other representatives of the Great Rising met King Richard II to finalise terms for ending the Rebellion.  The King had agreed to all the political reforms aimed at alleviating the plight of the people.  However he and his advisors later reneged on that agreement after killing Tyler in the process near this spot.  John Ball and many others of the Revolt were also later executed.’

The photo is from, and more  pictures of the unveiling  can be see at,

  • Thanks to Professor Andrew Prescott for drawing this to my attention.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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