Thurrock Unitary Authority
Postal Code: SS17 9JW
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Fobbing is a small village in Thurrock, Essex, England. It is set between Basildon and Corringham, close to Stanford-le-Hope.
Fobbing is one of seven conservation areas in Thurrock. It stands on high ground overlooking the marshes and commandng a fine view of the Thames Estuary.
The now quiet village is renowned for its history, which includes being one of the main villages involved with the Peasants' Revolt. (Also known as Wat Tyler's Rebellion, or the Great Rising of June 1381-it was one of a number of popular revolts in late medieval Europe and is a major event in the history of England)
One of the major features of the village is St. Michael's Church. It is built of Kentish Ragstone rubble with some flint and septaria. The nave is the oldest part, built in the 11th Century, possibly before the Norman Conquest.It is renowned for its historic association with the smuggling trade. Once upon a time the church was near the waterfront of Fobbing Harbour. Smugglers sailed up Fobbing Creek guided by the distinctive church tower but after the great flood of 1 February 1953, the creek and harbour were sealed up by a dyke and drained. Underneath the church are many tunnels which were used by the smugglers in the fourteenth century.(text by Geoffrey Gillon-replaced 18 May)