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

Bust of William Cobbett in the  Museum of Farnham Garden


By courtesy of the

Museum of Farnham

Happy Birthday Mr Cobbett  A link to an interesting post by Molly Conisbee  on ‘Shifting Ground’ website.

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:

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 coach expedition was undertaken by members in July, retracing with readings and commentaries, routes taken by Cobbett on his Rural Rides.

An Annual Memorial Lecture:

Friday 7 October 2016 at 8 pm

The Great Anti-establishment radical Journalist Owen Jones meets William Cobbett: So what’s changed in 200 years.

The William Cobbett Society’s Annual Lecture with a difference! Political journalist and author of best-seller, ‘The Establishment’, responds to issues raised 200 years ago by Cobbett, the great anti-establishment, radical journalist. So, how relevant is Cobbett today? Join the discussion. Or just listen!

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.

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.  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.

In the Steps of William Cobbett

Visit the William Cobbett Trail in and around Farnham Click for map and information