The print may have been made to assist with the finding of a buyer for the house,
as by 1817 Cobbett was in financial difficulties and contemplating the disposal of
his property. Cobbett had made substantial alterations to the house, including the
addition of a portico and the erection of eight feet-high walls around the grounds.
His daughter Eleanor refers to the print in a letter she wrote in 1897 saying that
it did not show accurately the house she had known as a child. Nonetheless the print
gives some idea of how the house would have appeared. Locally, it was nicknamed 'the
lantern house’ on account of its many windows.
Hampshire Record Office, To p37/2/2
This year we celebrate the 250th anniversary of William Cobbett’s birth.
Bust of William Cobbett in the Museum of Farnham Garden
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.
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 email@example.com