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British Utopian Experiments 1325 - 1945

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Wellingborough Diggers 1650
Issued a declaration in 1650 saying they had begun to 'dig up, manure and sow corn upon the common waste ground called Bareshank.’ (See St George's Hill for details of Diggers.)
GRID REF: Wellingborough.
REF: World Turned Upside down

The Northampton Town & County Benefit Building & Freehold Land Society C1848
Land club set up to enable working men to buy enough land to gain the right to vote. First development was in Freehold St, Primrose Hill, Elysium Terrace, St George's Place & Terrace. The Society went on through amalgamations to become the Nationwide - the world largest building society.
GRID REF: SP751604
REF:http://www.kingsthorpe.demon.co.uk/brcapage.html

Kettering Boot & Shoe Society. C1880's
100 houses for rent to members builtby shoemaking co-op. Also bought land to sell as plots.
GRID REF: SP870787
REF: Building Communities

Abington 1935 - 82?
Land Settlement Association smallholding scheme. (See Chawston Beds.)
GRID REF: SP775606
REF : Colin Ward D&D 94/95

Laxton 1935 - ?
FOUNDER/LEADER:John Hawkswell
Catholic land community where 5 families worked the land together on a 77 acre holding attempting the 'restoration of Christian rural life.'
GRID REF: SP950961
REF: Utopian England

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