Whiteway Colony, Cotswolds 2015 The colony was founded in 1898 by a group of Tolstoyans, who bought 41 acres of land near the village of Miserden. Their socialist ideals included sharing provisions and welcoming people of all classes, religion and politics to be members.  The notion of ‘private property’ was rejected and the deeds to the land were burnt. Because of this, new colonists would be loaned a plot of land to build a home and live from. The colony abandoned their Tolstoy philosophy early on.  Whiteway was visited in 1909 by Mahatma Gandhi, and was regarded as a failed Tolstoyan experiment. The Colony still exists today, with some original structures, descendants of its original settlers remaining, and still no one legally owns land within the colony.

Whiteway Colony, Cotswolds 2015

The colony was founded in 1898 by a group of Tolstoyans, who bought 41 acres of land near the village of Miserden. Their socialist ideals included sharing provisions and welcoming people of all classes, religion and politics to be members. 

The notion of ‘private property’ was rejected and the deeds to the land were burnt. Because of this, new colonists would be loaned a plot of land to build a home and live from. The colony abandoned their Tolstoy philosophy early on.  Whiteway was visited in 1909 by Mahatma Gandhi, and was regarded as a failed Tolstoyan experiment.

The Colony still exists today, with some original structures, descendants of its original settlers remaining, and still no one legally owns land within the colony.