Charlotte Farnsworth, who was born in Bonsall, would fill the tedium
and lonely hours on days when customers didn't pass through her
riverside turnstile behind the Pavilion by writing poetry. Her
inspiration was her beloved Matlock Bath.
"I remember coming over the fields from Bonsall when I was
a girl and watching the crowds streaming down on a bank holiday
from the excursion trains. ... Matlock Bath is a beautiful place
and thousands of people know it and love it and I hope it will
be even more popular in future years".
Below is just one example of Lottie's published poetry in which
she describes the magic of the Venetian Fête when
it was held on the Promenade and the band played in the band-stand.
If you cannot go to Venice
To view the wondrous sights,
Just come along to Matlock Bath
And see how fairy lights
Are reflected in the Derwent,
As they shine upon the trees !
Come to the Grand Venetian Fete,
Which has never failed to please !
The wood is like a spangled gown
The bridge, a rainbow span-
The bandstand like a jewell'd crown,-
Come, see them, if you can !
The fireworks are a grand display
And the music is a treat.
Competing boats, in bright array,
Make a pageant hard to beat.
Be sure you come to Matlock Bath,
To see this charming Fete !
Woods may be bright with Autumn tints,
So do not come too late
To climb the Heights, or see the Caves
And the Petrifying rills !
Thousands who come will come again,
Lured by beauty, lights, and thrills.
CHARLOTTE E. FARNSWORTH,
Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.
Lottie wasn't the only female poet to write about Matlock Bath.
Matlock & Matlock Bath - Poetry