True Levellers tea towel

100% Organic Cotton
Made in the UK
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  • Sturdy half panama unbleached US cotton (48cm x 70cm)
  • Our special inks mean that colours last in the wash
  • Includes hanging loop
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK
  • Delivery with Royal Mail, free on orders over £35
  • 100-day money back guarantee if you change your mind

‘Was the Earth made to preserve a few covetous, proud men to live at ease; or was it made to preserve all her children?’

Civil wars and bad harvests had led to widespread unemployment and discontent during the 1640s. Disorder was reported around the country as those suffering seized grains, tore down enclosures and threatened landowners. Discontent spread to the Army as well, culminating in the Leveller mutinies of 1649. And it was against this background of protest that the True Leveller movement emerged.

The True Levellers, or ‘Diggers’ were the most radical of the sects that arose in the aftermath of the civil wars. Whereas other groups sought political reform or religious freedom, the True Levellers called for the overthrow of the monarchy and the abolition of private property rights in favour of the communal ownership of land.

Regarding the earth as a "common treasury", the True Levellers took direct action to put their ideals into practice. The group occupied common land that had been enclosed, pulling down hedges and filling in ditches to plant crops, in the hope that this would begin the process of restoring the land to its rightful owners, the common people, rather than the nobility who had usurped it.

This tea towel features a quote from Gerrard Winstanley, an English Protestant, religious reformer, political activist and one of the founders of this group.

Half Panama unbleached organic cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees centigrade max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.

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  • 5
    True Levellers Tea Towel

    Posted by Caroline on 23rd Feb 2024

    I needed a tea towel and chose this one because I love the design and message. On opening it and discovering the amazing quality, I decided it was too good to use and now it is hanging up on my kitchen door! I love it so much and the quality is first class. Thank you.

  • 5
    Inspiration with the Washing Up

    Posted by Richard Swaab on 20th Dec 2023

    Right message for our times, and dry plates come free

  • 5
    Levellers tea towel

    Posted by Robert Leslie on 9th Feb 2022

    Veryhigh quality,fast delivery.

  • 5
    Levellers tea towel

    Posted by John Wade on 10th Dec 2021

    Great design, quality and presentation

  • 5
    True Levellers Tea Towel

    Posted by Marianne Welsh on 6th Dec 2021

    I am very impressed and pleased with this tea towel, I like the images, which are well defined in strong colours and the quote and the towel's thickness. It dries pots and pans without getting wet through unlike other tea towels I have. I can highly recommended the Radical Tea Towel Company and will purchase from them again.