Gerrard Winstanley – Wigan & England’s Pioneer Green Socialist

Stephen Hall:

Reblog of an earlier article on Gerrard Winstanley which many of you may have missed.

Originally posted on Wigan Borough Green Socialists:

The Diggers' Leader Gerrard Winstanley was born and bred in Wigan.

It may come as a surprise to many, that it’s only recently that some of us discovered that the man Wigan’s Gerrard Winstanley House is named after, was the leader of the 17th Century ‘Diggers’ Movement’ and was actually born and lived in the town until he was 21.

All the more surprising you might think since he is widely acknowledged globally as one of the founders of Communism and Socialism. Indeed, was recognised as such, alongside the likes of Marx, Engels, Fourier, Saint-Simon, Proudhon, Leibknecht and others, by Russian Revolutionary leader Lenin on a Memorial Obelisk for the Great Socialist Thinkers and Revolutionaries, initially erected to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty.

Memorial Obelisk for the Great Socialist Thinkers and Revolutionaries in Moscow

Wikipedia further recognises him as a celebrated “Guerilla Gardener” before the term was even invented, and the History Today website asks whether we was not also England’s pioneer Green? This since his writings…

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