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4 Annotations

First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Cobham is a town in the Borough of Elmbridge in Surrey, England, about 20 miles (32 km) south-west of central London; and 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Leatherhead. Elmbridge.....Cobham is an ancient settlement whose origins can be traced back through Roman times to the Iron Age. Cobham lay within the Saxon administrative district of Elmbridge hundred.

Cobham appears in Domesday Book as Covenham. It was held by Chertsey Abbey. Its domesday assets were: 12½ hides; 3 mills worth 13s 4d, 10 ploughs, 1-acre (4,000 m2) of meadow, woodland worth 40 hogs. It rendered £14. Coveham or Covenham which is thought to mean a settlement in the curve of a river.…

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Gerard Winstanley was a founder of the Diggers movement, and prolific pamphleteer. He married the daughter of a London surgeon, who owned some property in Cobham.

Winstanley set himself up in business before the civil war started. He had possibilities of trade with his native Lancashire, which presumably he was relying on. But the civil war disrupted trade links between London and Lancashire and like many other people, Winstanley was ruined in the early 1640s. In 1660 he left London for Cobham where he presumably lived on property belonging to his wife.

The only job Winstanley could get was herding other men's cows as a hired laborer. He was horrified by the poverty he found, and by his own poverty and the powerlessness of the poor in face of eviction by landlords or speculative land purchasers. The law gave no protection once one lost one's holding in the land and became dependent on wage labor, and he had a thing against wage labor.

His pamphlets have inspired commune-ists for 400 years, and confounded Cromwell and Fairfax.

Gerard Winstanley lived until 1676 in Cobham.

For more on his life see…

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