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    Posted 2021-02-04 18:04:26 by Andrew Prescott

    'The People of 1381' project is proud to be involved with The Estuary Festival, a major arts festival based in South Essex and North Kent which is a cultural celebration of the north and south shorelines of the Thames Estuary as well as the river itself and takes place from 22 May to 13 June 2021. The areas bordering the Thames Estuary were the cradle of the 1381 revolt. Rebels used the river to keep in contact and at an early stage of the rising insurgents crossed from north Kent to Essex to raise support. One of the themes of this year's Estuary Festival is rebellion and the festival will celebrate the radical history of the area. One of the Estuary Festival venues is the Wat Tyler Country Park near Pitsea in Essex, one of the few public spaces in England commemorating the leader of the 1381 revolt and close to the home of Thomas Baker of Fobbing, who the chronicler Henry Knighton portrayed as one of the instigators of the rising. In Kent, another of the festival venues is Lesnes Abbey, scene of some of the earliest disturbances in 1381.

    You can find out more about the developing programme of the Estuary Festival here and the artists who are participating here. 'The People of 1381' was featured in the online press launch of the 2021 Estuary Festival on 26 November 2020: