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Jack Cade's Rebellion
and the Battle of London Bridge

Jack Cade at the London Stone - © Nash Ford Publishing


  • In 1450, the men of Kent were worried about the state of the country: King Henry VI's unpopular friend, the Earl of Suffolk, had been executed but the King still promoted his followers.
  • A large group of 5,000 men with weapons led by Jack Cade gathered on Blackheath. There were peasants, craftsmen & shopkeepers and also landowners, knights & MPs.
  • The King send a small army against them, but they were defeated at Seven Oaks.
  • They marched to Southwark. They made the White Hart Inn their headquarters. The King fled to Kenilworth in Warwickshire.
  • They crossed London Bridge & promised the Londoners they would be safe with Cade in charge. He struck the 'London Stone' with his sword & declared himself Master of the City.
  • They marched to the Guildhall & then to the Tower of London. The Lord Treasurer & other Royal officials were captured there & executed; but then the rebels ransacked the City.
  • The Londoners were not happy. The rebels returned to Southwark at night; but when they tried to cross London Bridge the next evening, the Londoners stopped them.
  • There was a big battle through the night. Many of the houses on the bridge were burnt down. Lots of people died trying to escape. This was called the ‘Battle of London Bridge’.
  • The Lord Chancellor promised to meet the rebels’ demands & pardon them. So they dispersed.
  • Henry VI did not agree to this though. He promised money to people to hunt down Jack and his followers.
  • Jack was killed while on the run. His head was displayed on London Bridge.


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