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Hadleigh Farm Colony

The Hadleigh Colony was set up by the founder of the Salvation Army, General William Booth, to provide lodgings and food for the poor in exchange for a day’s work. The farmland was originally known as the Hadleigh badlands because of its poor quality, but the clay soil made it ideal for market gardening.

In the nine months after the land had been purchased, the farm grew from a starting number of 48 volunteers from the East End, to nearly 250 people. The farm is still in operation over 120 years later.

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Hadleigh Farm Castle Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2AP (View on Map)
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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