Ebenezer Elliott (1781-1849)

Death: 1st December 1849
Location: All Saints Churchyard, Darfield, South Yorkshire, England
Photo taken by: Neil Theasby
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English poet, known as the Corn Law rhymer. The Corn Law Rhymes, first published in 1831, campaigned against the landowners in the government who stifled competition and kept the price of bread high. They were aggressive and sarcastic, attacking the status quo and demanding the repeal of the Corn Laws. They also drew attention to the dreadful conditions endured by working people, and ruthlessly contrasted their lot with the sleek and complacent gentry.