Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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Richard Harris Barham(1788-1845)

English poet, born in Canterbury. He is best known as the author of The Ingoldsby Legends , a series of grotesque metrical tales, written under his pen name, Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, first contributed to Bentley’s Miscellany and later appearing in New Monthly Magazine and compiled into books published in 1840, 1842, and 1847. These publications led to his being ranked among the best English humorists for his skill in parodying medieval folklore and ballads, but his vigorous antiquarian learning that gave him the foundation for his popular tales should not be overlooked. “The Jackdaw of Rheims” (1837) is one of his best known ballads. (Y. Y.)

1.The Babes in the Wood
2.The Jackdaw of Rheims
3.A Lay of St. Nicholas
4.Misadventures at Margate
5.Mr. Barney Maguire’s Account of the Coronation
6.Nell Cook