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Elizabeth Cobbold Georgian Polymath£10.00

By: Adele Mallen

This is a sensitively written and meticulously researched biography. Its great affinity with its subject shines through, bringing to life a woman who should be remembered as one of those who set the precedent for women taking an active part in the arts and sciences. Elizabeth Cobbold, contemporary of Jane Austen, proved that women could take the stage in public life, be creative and respected for it. Novelist, poet, artist and scientist, she was also known for her philanthropy. This faithful account of her story helps to place her alongside the scant female contemporaries of whom we have heard, and nuance the general assumption that only a very few women could make their mark in the 1700s.

Dr Kate Kennedy, Writer and Broadcaster, Associate Director, Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

Adele Mallen has an interest in eighteenth century literature and has published articles on this period. She has been particularly drawn to the life of Elizabeth Cobbold who she regards as a highly talented lady, who like so many other women of the time appears to have been disregarded in history. Adele feels that a re-examination of Elizabeth Cobbold’s contribution to the feminist position at this time is long overdue.

2019 Paperback 244mm x 175mm with full colour cover, approx. 180 pages, 17 b&w illustrations. Published by The Cobbold Family History Trust. No. 2 in the Cobbold & Kin Series.


Cobbold’s Wortham The Portrait of a Victorian Village£21.00

Edited by: Sue Heaser

The Reverend Richard Cobbold was Rector of Wortham, a small rural village in Suffolk, for fifty years during the 19th century. In 1860, he decided to create an original book as a gift for his wife Mary Anne. Features of Wortham was the result – a small, beautifully bound volume of original watercolours and writings. Cobbold was a competent amateur artist and spent the late spring and early summer of 1860 painting views of every corner of his parish. To accompany the delicate paintings, he wrote charming descriptions of the inhabitants of the cottages, pubs, mansions, farmhouses, workshops and other buildings.

This book contains all 111 watercolours from the original book, reproduced actual size and in full colour. Each painting is accompanied by transcriptions of Cobbold’s records and descriptions. The whole gives a fascinating insight into life in Victorian rural England and is a treasure trove of interest for those who love the English countryside and the history of its past and its people.

Sue Heaser is a professional writer with over 15 major non-fiction books published worldwide and translated into many languages. She has lived in Wortham for over 40 years.

2019 Paperback 280mm x 215mm (A4) with full colour cover, 151 pages, over 120 full colour illustrations. Published by Farthings Publishing IP22 1PU

Cobbold & Kin - Life Stories from an East Anglian Family£25.00

By Clive Hodges

Note: This book is widely praised and appreciated. All orders via this site are met with author-signed copies. Recommended!

The Cobbold family, its roots firmly planted in East Anglia, is most commonly associated with the brewing industry and with Ipswich Town Football Club. This, however, is only a small part of the story. Over the centuries, the Cobbolds and their kin have turned their hand to almost every imaginable field of endeavour. This richly illustrated book relates the lives of thirty-four of the family’s most interesting and colourful characters across eight broad subjects: from industry and agriculture to faith, from the arts to empire, from public service to scientific enquiry, and from sport to military service. Not all bear the name Cobbold, but all are related to the family.

Drawing on the archive of The Cobbold Family History Trust, the book reveals not only the extraordinary breadth of the family’s interests, but also its geographical reach. It is not merely a collection of life stories from Suffolk and East Anglia, but ventures to five continents and remote regions of the world. Seldom could a more diverse cast of characters have been assembled in the pages of one book, and each biography is set against its own historical canvas. Together they encompass almost every aspect of the human condition – some tell of triumph over adversity, some are heartbreakingly tragic, others downright improbable.

Foreword by John Blatchly

2014 Hardback, 244 mm x 172 mm with dust jacket, 283 pages, colour frontispiece and 64 b&w illustrations


Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds£8.00

Holywells Park is one of Ipswich’s most cherished green spaces. Its undulating, wooded landscape and cascading pools of spring water instil a sense of being in the countryside even though it lies in the middle of a built up area just a short distance from the town centre.

For more than a hundred years, Holywells was home to the Cobbolds, best-known as brewers and for their association with Ipswich Town FC. The fresh water of Holywells was channelled directly into the family brewery on the Orwell quayside and successive generations of Cobbolds developed an imposing mansion with sweeping views of the estate’s landscape.

In the early 1930s Holywells was sold to Lord Woodbridge who generously gave it to the people of Ipswich. Sadly, the mansion fell victim to dry rot and was demolished in the early 1960s. All that was left standing were a stable block and a fine Victorian conservatory, though these too fell into disrepair.

In 2013 Ipswich Borough Council successfully applied for £2.8m of Heritage Lottery Funding to restore the park and its surviving buildings to their former glory. The work was completed in July 2015 and the people of Ipswich now have a rejuvenated park with impressive facilities which also celebrates its heritage and rich history.

Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds tells the fascinating and often dramatic story of the park and its seesawing fortunes from its acquisition by the Cobbolds in 1811 to the present day.

Foreword by Nicholas Cobbold OBE

2015 Paperback 244 x 174mm with full colour cover. 118 pages with 44 b&w illustrations. Published by The Cobbold Family History Trust.


To Suffolk with love£7.50

Felix Thornley Cobbold (1841 - 1909) was the eleventh child of wealthy Suffolk brewer, John Chevallier Cobbold. In his life he would be a Cambridge academic, a lawyer, a farmer, a banker, a JP, Mayor of Ipswich and twice an MP for Suffolk constituencies. Above all, he was a true philanthropist. His two greatest legacies survive a hundred years later. His lands endowed the Felix Cobbold Trust, and his money saved Christchurch Mansion from the developers for the people of Ipswich. He was a remarkable man in so many ways, as this book demonstrates.

Paperback 84 pages and 31 illustrations


A Picture History of Margaret Catchpole£8.00

In 1845, the Rev. Richard Cobbold published a book telling the story of the well-known Suffolk heroine Margaret Catchpole. It was a best-seller and is still in print today. At the time, he painted 33 watercolours to accompany the story, but most of these were never used and the few that were only appeared in black & white.

Now, with the help of the Cobbold Family History Trust, local historian Pip Wright has made these pictures available for the first time in a retelling of the story. Fully illustrated in colour, with photographs and other pictures, this book runs to 130 pages of sheer delight.



Margaret Catchpole-Her Life and Her Letters£35.00

The moon rose late on the night in 1797 when Margaret Catchpole rode John Cobbold’s horse to London. Did she steal it or borrow it? Did she act alone or did she have accomplices? Horse stealing was a capital offence in Georgian England. Did she risk her life for love, friendship or freedom?

Margaret Catchpole was just one among the thousands of convicts transported to New South Wales but she was the only one whose name has rarely been absent from print since the day in August 1797 when she stood before the Bury Summer Assizes and heard her death sentence announced.

Through the eleven letters she wrote to friends and family in Suffolk, presented together possibly for the first time, Margaret Catchpole-Her Life and Her Letters by Laurie Chater Forth investigates and reinstates the life story of the woman whose identity became so blurred she was thought to be a myth – or someone else.

Margaret Catchpole-Her Life and Her Letters is one woman’s eyewitness account of floods, hardships and the loneliness of the early settlers, recorded by this remarkable convict woman whose voice speaks for the many forgotten ones whose hard labour built the foundations of European Australia.

I invite you to read her story and make your decision about her place in Australian history.

This book is more expensive than normal as it is flown in from Australia.

2012 Paperback, 8¼” x 5¾”. 212pp with 15 b&w illus.

978-0-646-56511-8 (pbk)

Letters from Waterloo£10.00


When James Humphreys, a businessman from Birmingham, arrived in Brussels in March 1815, he could not have foreseen the momentous events which would unfold a few miles south of the city just three months later. His letters home to a friend and to a family member provide a civilian’s perspective of Waterloo, of the panic which spread through the streets of Brussels as the battle raged and of its horrific aftermath, described in grisly detail as Humphreys wandered the blood-stained battlefield.

This important collection, published here for the first time, includes a letter from a young Scottish sergeant, Alex Cummings, who lodged with Humphreys prior to the battle during which he received a serious facial wound.

Interlaced with dramatic accounts of the battle, Humphrey’s letters also address more prosaic matters: his business activities; his concern for his wife and children at home in England and the peculiarities of life as an Englishman abroad. In addition, they convey his strident opinions on European politics and on the punishment he felt should be meted out to Napoleon upon his eventual defeat.

Foreword by Dr. Louise Carter and introduction by Dr. Clive Hodges.

2016 Paperback 234 x 156mm, full colour cover and frontispiece, 75 pages, 5 b&w letter reproductions, campaign map and abbreviated Humphreys family tree.

Published by The Cobbold Family History Trust.

£ 10.00
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The Gifts of Frank Cobbold£12.00

This biography of Frank Cobbold by Arthur W Upfield in 1935 (edited by Sandra Berry in 2008) opens when Frank goes to sea on a Clipper at 14. It follows him through inexperience as a Fijian trader who escaped the cannibals' cook pot and survived one of the worst hurricanes in living memory. In Australia he learned the skills of a surveyor and quickly became a sought-after and trusted station manager.

Despite problems that would have defeated a less resolute man he took droughts, cheats and unyielding land tenure regulations in his stride to become one of Australia's great pioneering pastoralists. Admired by fellow bushmen, trusted by his partners and wooed by bankers, his gritty determination earned him a small fortune which he gave away.

It's a remarkable story.

Paperback, 280 pages with B&W illustrations.


Parson and people in a Suffolk village£10.00

This book portrays a vigorous rural community which lived almost two centuries ago. It is based on the personal accounts of over one hundred of his parishioners written by the rector of Wortham, Richard Cobbold (author of The History of Margaret Catchpole), supplemented by standard sources such as census returns and parish registers. As a piece of social and economic history, and as a record publication, it should be of lasting value to historians of all kinds as well as to general readers. Included are many coloured portraits which Cobbold himself painted of his parishioners and of the houses in which they lived.

Hardback, 278 pages and 130 coloured illustrations.


Scattered Memories£15.00

An autobiography by Nicholas Cobbold with Clive Hodges

Nicholas Sydney Cobbold OBE was born in London in 1934 into a colourful family most commonly associated with brewing and football. He spent the Second World War on his grandmother’s Wiltshire estate, enjoying all the freedoms and adventures that the war afforded children, though this idyll was often punctuated by tragedy. After Eton, he did his time in the army, commanding a platoon of the Coldstream Guards in Egypt before embarking upon a long and successful career in the City of London.

Nicholas' love of shooting has taken him all over the country and abroad and has provided him with a wide circle of friends and an abundance of amusing anecdotes. As a young man, he led a glamorous life at full tilt. He drove a succession of fast cars, sped fearlessly headfirst down the Cresta Run and flew aeroplanes and helicopters, surviving not one but two air crashes.

Scattered Memories tells these stories and others that mark Nicholas Cobbold out as a man of boundless energy and enormous fun. A daring and accomplished practical joker since childhood, his creative prankshave rarely, if ever, landed him in hot water, whether he has been deploying whoopee cushions, firing billiard balls from a cannon or impersonating the Archbishop of Canterbury’s right hand man.

Above all things, Nicholas Cobbold is a family man.

Foreword by Peter Wilmot-Sitwell

2015 Hardback 234 x 156 mm with full colour dust jacket. 240 pages with 54 b&w illustrations. Published by The Cobbold Family History Trust


A Farming Legacy 1910-2010£10.00

A Farming Legacy 1910-2010 by Rosalind Thomas celebrates the first hundred years of the Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust against the background of the agricultural and social history of rural Suffolk during that period. Despite being hampered by wars, pestilence, economic upheaval and momentous changes in farming practice, the Trust has endeavoured to support local agriculture by providing smallholdings and allotments, running a demonstration farm, and by acting as host and benefactor of Otley College.

In a third phase the Trust sponsors agricultural research while continuing to support agricultural education in East Anglia. With well-researched text, this book traces the pressures that resulted in various changes, and highlights the success of the Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust.

2012 Paperback, 10” x 7½”. 144pp with many colour and b&w illus.


The Voice from the Garden£20.00

In 1900 few people could have imagined that their world would change so drastically in such a short time. The shell-shocked society that emerged from the Great War was at once less unequal and more demanding, more hopeful and yet less certain, than the old. The Voice from the Garden by Jane Dismore opens a window onto these two worlds through Pamela and her families.

The daughter of a doomed union between trade and title, Pamela was born into the Cobbold brewing family of Suffolk and married into the famous merchant banking dynasty, the Hambros. Wealthy the families may have been, but money is no protection against the loss caused by war or the frailties of human nature.

From an extraordinary period of social and economic change, here are fascinating characters, mystery, adultery, despair and hope. It is a unique tale, at the heart of which lies the love story of Pamela and Charles

2012 Hardback, 9½” x 6½” with dj. 384pp with 8 colour and 23 b&w illustrations


Ipswich, Lost Inns, Taverns and Public Houses£10.00

David Kindred’s book is a remarkable record of some 400 public houses, inns and beerhouses. The entries are organised into two sections. The first describes the public houses that have been closed since 1919 and includes photographs of the establishments, while the second lists closures from the eighteenth century to the First World War punctuated with photographs where available.

By consulting archives, borough records, period newspapers and the painstaking research of the late Jack Ruffles, David Kindred has successfully painted a picture of the Ipswich local from front-room beerhouse to grand hotel. With interesting anecdotes from town residents, a section on old coaching inns and some 250 photographs, this book shows that the town has enjoyed a truly diverse wealth of inns taverns and public houses.

2012 Paperback, 9½” x 6¾”. 144pp with hundreds of illus.


Antique Collecting Magazine, February Issue 2011£4.00

This is not a book; it is the February 2011 issue of the Antique Collectors’ Club magazine incorporating Antique Dealer and Collectors Guide.

It carries a six page article, “Lady of the Valentines” by Adele Mallen which gives an intriguing insight into the life of Elizabeth Cobbold (1764-1824) and is illustrated by 12 of her fine scissor-cut paper Valentines.

Adele Mallen has spent many months (she might reasonably claim years!) researching Elizabeth’s life and writings as a result of which her article contains much unpublished information.

Holywells Park Greeting Card (159mm square) - pack of 5£9.95

A combined illustrative and photographic montage on the front, again with a blank interior for your personal message, this card charts the history of Holywells Park from the 16th century through to its restoration in 2015. The mansion built by ‘Big’ John Cobbold was occupied by five generations of his family over 115 years and was the venue for numerous public gatherings. John Murray (Ivan) Cobbold, founder of Ipswich Town Football Club grew up here and his mother, Lady Evelyn, surprised the family by converting to Islam and completing the Hajj at the age of 66. Restoration has provided a wonderful historic park for the people of Ipswich to enjoy.

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Margaret Catchpole Greeting Card (159mm square) - pack of 5£9.95

An evocative photographic montage on the front, with a blank interior for your personal message, the back of the card tells the extraordinary story of Margaret Catchpole (1762-1819), heroin of Rev. Richard Cobbold’s 1845 novel. Although based on a true story the author’s elaboration of the facts led to a fierce debate that continues to this day. Transported to Australia for horse theft and gaol braking Margaret became something of a folk hero there and earned herself an entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

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Football Gentry – The Cobbold Brothers - 2nd Hand£18.00

John and Patrick Cobbold were unique in British football. The brothers, who were nephews of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, presided over Ipswich Town Football Club from 1957 until 1994. Notoriously eccentric, the Old Etonians were pranksters who lived life with great passion, being particularly fond of football and alcohol. Closely involved with two of the greatest managers that this country has ever produced, Ramsey and Robson, the brothers played countless tricks on the pair and led many a young footballer astray with their hard drinking ways. The book is hilarious and crammed with anecdotes spanning 4 decades.

2005 by Brian Scovell, Hardback 240 x 163mm colour dust jacket 224 pages 33 b&w illustrations. Published by Tempus.


The Biography of a Victorian Village - 2nd Hand£9.00

This book, edited and introduced by Ronald Fletcher is sub-titled Richard Cobbold’s Account of Wortham, Suffolk 1860. Richard, the Rector of Wortham decided to keep a detailed and systematic record of his parishioners, their occupations, where they lived, their foibles, vices, virtues and eventual fates. His commentary is accompanied by his own sketches.

The book is infused with humanity, respect and love for his parishioners. It is a record of things as they were not how we think they might have been. Ronald Fletcher puts Wortham in the context of English rural life following the Agrarian and Industrial Revolutions.

1977. Hardback 250 x 185mm colour dust jacket 168 pages with numerous b&w illustrations. Published by Batsford.


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