Robert Kett (1492-1549), a wealthy landowner in Wymondham, Norfolk, led a rebellion against the enclosure of land which had been previously available to all. The rebels ripped up fences throughout the area before attacking and taking the town of Norwich.
The rebellion was put down by a 14,000-strong army sent by King Edward VI. Kett and his brother were tortured and hanged. They were both kept alive in their chains for several excruciating days as an example to their followers.