It was home to Sir John Cavendish (circa 1346-1381), the ancestor of the Dukes of Devonshire, who was involved in suppressing the [[wikipedia:Peasants' Revolt. Wat Tyler, the peasants' leader, was arrested by William Walworth, the Mayor of London, for threatening [[wikipedia:PKing Richard II in 1381. As Tyler fought back, Cavendish's son, also called John, who was responsible for escorting the King, ran Tyler through with his sword, killing him. As a result, John Cavendish tried to flee from the pursuing peasants, and he hung on to the handle of the door of St Mary's Church to plead sanctuary. A few days later, on 15 June 1381, the elder John Cavendish was seized at Bury St Edmunds and beheaded by a mob led by Jack Straw. He is buried in Bury St Edmunds. St Mary's Church had a bequest from Sir John, and its chancel was restored.
[ http://www.foxearth.org.uk/ The Foxearth and District Local History Society] has a website which publishes research materials gained by its members on the local history of this part of East Anglia, in England.