Kett's Rebellion, 1549 -
- Enclosure of common land.
- Collapse of local textile industry - large-scale unemployment - economic changes
- Perceived threat to traditional communities and social relationships - reflected in Western.
- Disagreement between Wymondham residents and local lawyer Flowerdew who claimed ownership to land and church. Residents wanted to use the church. Flowerdew - pull it down.
- 1548 - landlord Cavendish triggered a riot; about to enclose extensive area of common land.
- 1549 - July: Govt summoned local gentry with intensions to go to the west - their absence sparked action in a number of localities, demanding end to enclosure, Flowerdew's fences pulled down and rebels began to gather in camps. Kett assumed leadership of movement.
Aims - presented in the Norfolk Articles 29 petitions
- Landowners to stop enclosing common land.