"political writer William Cobbett stayed there in April 1830 and wrote part of his celebrated Rural Rides"
"William Cobbett (9 March 1763 – 18 June 1835) was an English pamphleteer, farmer, journalist and member of parliament, who was born in Farnham, Surrey.
He believed that reforming Parliament including abolishing the rotten boroughs would help to end the poverty of farm labourers.
Relentlessly he sought an end to the borough-mongers, sinecurists and "tax-eaters".
He was against the Corn Laws, which imposed a tax on imported grain.
Early in his career, he was a loyalist supporter of King and Country: but later he joined and successfully publicised the radical movement, which led to the Reform Act 1832, and to his being elected that year as one of the two MPs for the newly enfranchised borough of Oldham.
DB 30 June 2018