In the Civil War period the common people refused rent payments, seized resources and occupied properties on the estates of Parliament's enemies.
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Background local history articles
During the earlier 17th century the Thames watermen, the porters and the carters struggled for a voice in their companies' governments. They achieved important successes in the English Revolution.
For more about the watermen, go to The Thames Watermen website.
Cases of grassroots participation in church and state in the English Civil War.
(Assumes a basic knowledge of the English Revolution.)