Diggers

The Diggers were a group of Protestant radicals and followers of Gerrard Winstanley who attempted to farm on common land during the English Civil Wars (1642–1651).


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Gerrard Winstanley et al., The True Levellers Standard Advanced, 1649
In 1649 Gerrard Winstanley and fourteen others published The True Levellers Standard Advanced, a pamphlet in which they called themselves the “True Levellers” to distinguish their ideas from those of the Levellers. The Diggers, as they came to be known, occupied public lands that had been privatised by enclosures and dug them over, pulling down hedges and filling in ditches, to plant crops.


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