Gerrard Winstanley

Member of The Hundred

Gerrard Winstanley
Birth and death
1609 - 1676
Profession details
Author, Digger
Related place
Alistair Grant

Gerrard Winstanley (bap. 1609, d. 1676) Author and Digger. Winstanley and William Everard led a group out to dig the common land on St George's Hill to sow parsnips, carrots, and beans. They wanted test the revolutionary events of early 1649, which rid England of kingly government and claimed to make the English a free people living in a free commonwealth. Harassment caused the original settlement of Surrey Diggers to be relocated from St George's Hill to Little Heath in Cobham. Winstanley had stronger associations in Cobham and hoped for more sympathetic support there.

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