Who owns England?

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Wednesday 28 November
6.15pm
The Stripe, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO24 0QF

“Who possesses this landscape? The man who bought it or I who am possessed by it?” - Norman MacCaig

Land ownership remains one of England's darkest and oldest secrets. From the Domesday Book to today's still-incomplete Land Registry, the ownership of land has been deeply bound up with power, wealth and a sense of belonging. Land reform is a forgotten English radical tradition that's finally becoming fashionable again - stretching from Gerard Winstanley's Diggers movement to Winston Churchill's support for a Land Value Tax, and through to today's growing political consensus in favour of letting councils buy land cheaply to resolve the housing crisis. It's time to rediscover the politics of land, and finally reveal who owns the country we all belong to. 

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