Cottage Economy

William Cobbett (1763 - 1835)

How can you tell when your pig is fat enough? Why should you never buy mustard? What's wrong with eating potatoes? Which is better, beer or tea? And what type of straw makes the best bonnets? William Cobbett is the man to ask. Here is his book of practical advice to the rural labouring 'cottager' (first published as a part-work in 1821-22), the precursor in many ways to the handbooks on self-sufficiency that today entice so many city-dwellers.

A champion of the rural working class at a time of huge social and industrial change, a radical politician and a prolific writer, Cobbett is opinionated, passionate and enlightening, making 'Cottage Economy' a fascinating and entertaining window on daily life for the smallholders of his day, and still inspirational, almost 200 years later, to those who seek 'a good living' as the foundation of happiness. (Introduction by Philippa)

The figures referred to in the section on ice houses can be viewed here

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, House & Home

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - No. 1: Introduction; Brewing Beer Philippa
Play 02 02 - No. 2: Brewing Beer (continued) Philippa
Play 03 03 - No. 3: Making Bread Philippa
Play 04 04 - No. 4: Making Bread (continued); Brewing Beer; Keeping Cows Philippa
Play 05 05 - No. 5: Keeping Cows (continued); Keeping Pigs Philippa
Play 06 06 - No. 6: Keeping Pigs (continued); Salting Mutton and Beef Philippa
Play 07 07 - No. 7, part 1: Bees; Geese; Ducks; Turkeys; Fowls; Pigeons Philippa
Play 08 08 - No. 7, part 2: Rabbits; Goats and Ewes; Candles and Rushes; Mustard; Dress, Household Goods, and Fuel; Hops; Yeast; Swedish Turnip Philippa
Play 09 09 - No. 8, part 1: English Straw Plat; Postscript on Brewing Philippa
Play 10 10 - No. 8, part 2: Ice Houses Philippa
Play 11 11 - Addition: Mangel Wurzel; Cobbett's Corn Philippa