The Peasants’ Revolt. Led locally by John Syrat of Shoebury against the Poll Tax, occured as depicted in this painting by Alan Sorrell. The image portrays the peasants storming into Southchurch Hall and finding any rolls or evidence they could burn.
There was also a Milton rebellion. Villagers stormed Milton Hall in protest at poor wages and conditions, they burned manorial records; there protests were in vane as they were quelled and the rebellions were forced to pay large fines.