Walter Bagehot – A Voice of Sanity

On Tuesday 01 November at 2.30p.m. in the Garden Room at Gold Hill Museum, Parliamentary and constitutional consultant Barry Winetrobe will talk about Langport’s most famous son Walter Bagehot. One of the early editors of The Economist, Bagehot stressed the importance of the central bank as a bank of last resort in the event of a financial crisis, but is probably better known for his classic political commentary on The English Constitution. Though written in the 1860s and 70s, Bagehot’s works contain insights no less relevant today. As Chair of the Bagehot Memorial Fund, Barry Winetrobe has been instrumental in reviving interest in Bagehot, who had an asteroid named after him before being rediscovered by his home town at the heart of the Somerset Levels. This lecture is free to members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society, while non-members may pay £3 at the door. Further details via 01747 852157 or