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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 The rural rides of William Cobbett : RRA and sustainable agriculture in the 1820s

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 The rural rides of William Cobbett : RRA and sustainable agriculture in the 1820s Jules Pretty We talk of RRA and the underlying principles and to do this you must go either on foot or on and rationale as being relatively new to the horseback" (his emphases). analysis of rural systems. Yet let me take you back 160 years or so to England in the 1820s, His whole approach was to travel on the time of William Cobbett, journalist, horseback through lanes and paths to ta lk to politician and farmer. Later to become a people, stop at cottages and to understand Member of Parliament, Cobbett was at this intimately what was going on in the time producing the popular 'Political Register'. countryside. Later that year he stated proudly: To gather material for this journal, Cobbett set out on his 'Rural Rides', a series of rides across "I have crossed nearly the whole of this the countryside of southern England, with the country from the NW to the SE, without going express purpose of: 500 yards on a turnpike road, and, as nearly as I could do it, in a straight line". "Finding ...

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