9 March 1763
– 18 June 1835
Painting possibly by George Cooke.
Oil on canvas, circa 1831
©National Portrait Gallery
WILLIAM COBBETT c1830
By courtesy of the
Museum of Farnham
Three important videos from the William Cobbett Anniversary year -
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-
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 coach expedition was undertaken by members in July, retracing with readings and commentaries, routes taken by Cobbett on his Rural Rides.
The Great Anti-
The William Cobbett Society’s Annual Lecture with a difference! Political journalist and author of best-
Owen Jones, the well known writer and political pundit (author of The Establishment) will ‘debate’ a number of contemporary issues with William Cobbett. They will include the role of bankers and the media as well as issues of political corruption. There will also be an opportunity for audience participation.
Tickets have sold very fast, so please reserve now for the extra seating made available by live video link in the adjoining Barley Room. You will still be able to participate in any discussion. We look forward to greeting you there . Tickets will be only £5.00
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.
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. Click to see list of books.
Sale of Books (See Books for sale)
A Cobbett Statue for Farnham
The unveiling of the William Cobbett Statue by Dame Penelope Keith will take place on Monday September 5th at 11am. The statue is currently under wraps and is located in front of the new Hawthorn Lodge by the Gostrey Meadow.