A Tale of the Levellers from the 1600’s!
Aura Conservation were commissioned by Wigan Council to design, supply and install the monument to the local born religious reformer and political activist, Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) in the gardens named after him located in The Wiend, Wigan.
Winstanley was one of the founders of the English group known as the True Levellers or Diggers. So called because the group occupied public lands that had been privatised by enclosures and dug them over, pulling down hedges and filling in ditches to plant crops, which they distributed free of charge to their followers.
Since 2011, a Wigan Diggers Festival has been held annually in Winstanley’s birth town of Wigan attracting support across the North West. Work was completed to the monument at the site of the festival in time for the celebrations in September 2015.
The work included:
- Design the monument and create the needed production drawings for the manufacture of the pre-cast blocks.
- Excavation of site and installation of a substantial reinforced concrete slab
- The supply and installation of a pre-cast stone to perimeter wall, complete with an install inner breeze block wall, tying in to outer wall.
- We then fixed the plaque to the top of the monument.
One of the production drawings used in the construction of the monument