Rebels’ Revolt

The Peasants’ Revolt has been commemorated with a plaque in Smithfield.

Local resident Matthew Bell commissioned the plaque at the entrance of the church of St Bartholomew the Great. In June 1381, Richard II and the royal government met with rebels at Smithfield. Following an argument, rebel leader Wat Tyler was stabbed by the Mayor of London (as depicted in this 14th century painting). Tyler’s head was cut off and placed on a pole. Order was restored in the country by the end of 1381. For more local history this summer, the Museum of the Order of St John will additionally open to visitors on Sundays from July to September. A public tour (suggested donation £5) will also run at 2pm each Sunday taking in the historic rooms of St John’s Gate and the 12th century crypt.