Wellingborough has a long tradition of radicalism and socialism, perhaps best embodied by Gerrard Winstanley and the Wellingborough Diggers - a collection of people who, hungry and oppressed by the rich landowners, "took land unto themselves in the name of sustaining life, not as a means of power or authority to deprive others."

The image to the left is the Declaration by the Diggers of Wellingborough - 1650 - click the image to see a larger version.

A more readable text version

The Third Diggers Festival will take place on Saturday 9th March 2013.

The Second Diggers Festival took place on Saturday 10th March 2012.

See a review of the first Diggers Festival here.

See a review of the second Wigan Diggers Festival here.