"another disciple of Izaak Walton"

Izaak Walton (1593 - 1683) was the author of The Compleat Angler.  While he started life as an ironmonger, he dedicated the last 40 years of his life seem to fishing and writing. 

The Compleat Angler was first published in 1653, but Walton continued to add to it for a quarter of a century. It celebrates the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse.  There was a second edition in 1655, a third in 1661, a fourth in 1668 and a fifth in 1676. By the fifth edition the original 13 chapters had grown to 21. 

Walton’s Halfhead Farm near Stafford, purchased by him in 1655, is now a museum to his life. The ground floor is set-out in period and has a series of illustrated information boards covering Walton's life, his writings and the story of the Izaak Walton Cottage. Up-stairs is a collection of fishing related items, the earliest dating from the mid-eighteenth century.