Cobbett’s gridiron sign used as a masthead for his Political Register. “Put me on a gridiron and broil me alive if I am wrong”.


9 March 1763

– 18 June 1835

Painting possibly by George Cooke.

Oil on canvas, circa 1831

©National Portrait Gallery

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Museum of Farnham

The William Cobbett Society was founded in 1976 to bring together those who have an interest in the life and writings of William Cobbett. A passionate defender of the freedom of the press Cobbett was prepared to defend it at the cost of imprisonment and exile.

'He is not only unquestionably the most powerful political writer of the present day, but one of the best writers in the language. He speaks and thinks plain, broad, downright English'.  The only time I ever saw him he seemed to me a very pleasant man: easy of access, affable, clear-headed, deliberate and unruffled in his speach... I certainly did not think less favourably of him for seeing him.

Hazlitt's Essay on Cobbett, published in his table talk,1821

The Society’s Activities:

Among the Society's activities are:

An Annual Rural Ride

A day expedition by coach, retracing with readings and commentaries, routes taken by Cobbett on his Rural Rides. For members of the William Cobbett Society only.

This Year’s Rural Ride: Sunday July 12 2015  (Click for information)

The Annual Memorial Lecture

On 9 October 2015 by Dr Clare Griffiths, ‘Cobbett’s Rural Rides, Politics and Englishness’

The annual publication of a journal, Cobbett's New Register

containing articles on various aspects of Cobbett's life and times, including the text of the Annual Memorial Lecture.

The Annual General Meeting - with speaker: April 11 2015

Cobbett’s  Works

In association with the Society, the Museum of Farnham holds in its Reading Room an almost complete set of  bound volumes of Cobbett's Political Register and a large collection of Cobbett's works, and books about Cobbett. Various Cobbett artefacts are on display.

Sale of Books (See Books for sale)

A Cobbett Statue for Farnham

The promotion of an equestrian  sculpture of William Cobbett in Farnham is a continuing project of the Farnham public Art Trust. See:

See Penny Young interview video on Youtube

William Cobbett - dead radical, dead relevant

After 200 years William Cobbett is visiting Farnham - and You Tube. Hear what he thinks about it on his whistlestop tour: A 19th Century Superstar: Dr Richard Thomas and Luath Ferguson discuss Cobbett on You Tube

Three important videos from the William Cobbett Anniversary year - not to be missed: