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
'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.
This Year’s Rural Ride will be on Sunday, 14 July Manor Farm, Botley, Cobbett Trail,
for Members of the William Cobbett Society only
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.
Pub of the Year 2013 contender: William Cobbett in Farnham
As the birth place of one of Farnham’s most famous historical figures, the William
Cobbett pub is definitely not one to be missed. Click for more information
WILLIAM COBBETT c1830
By courtesy of the
Museum of Farnham
The Society’s website
Mike Clements has produced this revised website and will continue to manage it. If members wish to add anything, such as change of address, forthcoming events, new books for sale, reports of rural rides, news items, or obituaries, please let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org
William Cobbett at 250: A Colloquium at Nuffield College, Oxford Friday 13th September 2013, 9.30am-5pm 2013 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Cobbett (1763-1835), the radical reformer, journalist and agrarian. Cobbett remains of considerable interest to academic across several fields, including history, English, economics, journalism, sociology and cultural studies. This one-day event will bring together speakers from across these disciplines to discuss Cobbett's life, work and legacies. (More Info)
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