15. The Jolly Farmer? William Cobbett in Hampshire, 1804-1820

15. The Jolly Farmer? William Cobbett in Hampshire, 1804-1820
Hampshire Papers 15: The Jolly Farmer? William Cobbett in Hampshire, 1804-1820
by Barbara Biddell (1999)

Between 1805 and 1820 William Cobbett, polemicist and author of works such as Rural Rides and The English Gardener, thought of Botley in Hampshire as his home. He lived first at Botley House, later at Botley Hill and there built up a sizeable estate. He owned or leased several farms - including Fairthorn, Raglington and Lockhams - and purchased and leased woodland and arable, embarking on a range of money-making schemes many of which ended in failure. He also involved himself fully in local life. He attended Botley church where some of his children were baptised, served on Bishops Waltham vestry, and played an important role in the construction of a turnpike road through his lands.

This paper tells the story of Cobbett's years in Hampshire and using Cobbett family papers, parish records and Cobbett's own writings, provides a vivid picture of Cobbett as countryman, landowner and agricultural innovator.

Physical description 295mm x 210mm; softback; 24 pages.
Published in 1999 by Hampshire County Council.
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