Location 3

St Martin at Palace Plain

St Martin At Palace Plain, Norwich NR3 1RW

Take a leisurely meander down the cobbled streets of Elm Hill (or use the accessible route via Queen St) and turn left to enjoy the picture-perfect Quayside by Fye Bridge. Loop back round to Palace St and you’ll find the next stop on the green opposite St Martin at Palace Church and the Wig & Pen pub. Behind you stands the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral. This was the site of a pitched battle between the King’s forces and Robert Kett’s men on 1 August 1549.

‘the rebel stone’ is written and performed by poet and performer Andy Bennett

Read ‘the rebel stone’

upon (or somewhere near) this place

fell many others // Rebel, brave //

by noble hand (or sword, or glaive),

no records show their name or face.


they get no plaques, these fallen poor,

who rose and stood beneath the Oak;

st martin’s has no headstones or

memorials for common folk,

as if they never were. asphalt

their winding sheets (you just strolled

along the path of their assault),

the Court of law smothers their grave.


try not to let that bother you //

they won the battle, lost the war,

and victors get to say what’s true

(or so I’m regularly told).

try not to think of the goodbyes

and tearful partings (how many 

believed and promised welling eyes

that daddy would be back before

the humble supper could grow cold?)

this <socalledKnight> brought screams and death

to norwich lanes, and gets a stone?

yet nothing for the final breaths

of starving yeomen forced from home,

and widowed wives, and mother’s moans?


i guess that’s up to me. the curse

of poesy // write what history lacks,

engraving lapidarian verse

to compensate the dearth of plaques;

commemorate rebellion, and 

with fervoured eye (falchion in hand),

proclaim the fallen rebels’ last entreaty:

remember us, if only in graffiti.

Andy Bennett

Andy Bennett is a poet and performer. He has performed at fringes and festivals across the country, and once toured an anarchic puppet show around Finland. He wrote and performed two full-length shows at the Edinburgh Fringe –  Late, Late Romantic (2015) and Random Chants (2016) before – in true Romantic style – developing a chronic disease, and deciding that those Scottish hills were a little too much for a chap of such limited mobility.  He is a founder of the 28 Sonnets Later collective, but after 10 years of that, he is starting to wonder how Shakespeare kept up his enthusiasm for the form.

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