Gerrard Winstanley

Socialism from Below: A History of Anarchism

A short history of Anarchism both as a philosophy and as a movement, written during World War II.

The law of freedom in a platform - Gerrard Winstanley

Set out in 1652, this is Winstanley's vision for a future without money or such extreme laws of private property as we have today. Winstanley was aware that the English Civil War meant a consolidation of power for the Merchant Classes and Landowners and he - quite rightly - predicted the misery and corruption to come.

Wigan celebrates its radical communist heritage

Several hundred people converged on the centre of the lovely town of Wigan to celebrate the life of local radical Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the Diggers' (True Leveller) Movement that he played a central role in establishing.

1642-1652: The Diggers and the Levellers


A history of the radical movements the Diggers and the Levellers which sprung up around the English Civil War.

A Declaration From the Poor Oppressed People of England

A declaration from the poor oppressed people of England, directed to all those that call themselves, or are called Lords of Manors, through this nation; That have begun to cut, or that through fear and covetousness, do intend to cut down the Woods and Trees that grow upon the Commons and Waste Land.

Printed in the Yeer, 1649.

The Diggers - Lewis H. Berens

Chapter IV from The Digger Movement In The Days Of The Commonwealth, by Lewis H. Berens.

The True Levellers Standard Advanced

A printable pamphlet version of The True Levellers Standard Advanced.

Presented in PDF format (80kb).

The True Levellers standard advanced - Gerrard Winstanley

The rousing 1640s communist vision of Gerrard Winstanley & The Diggers...

Gerrard Winstanley: 17th Century Communist at Kingston - Christopher Hill

A lecture delivered at Kingston University in 1996 by the great historian of the English Civil War on the subject of Gerrard Winstanley; a founder of the Diggers, visionary, land squatter and early communist pamphleteer.