Poems of Haddon Hall
This book collects poems associated with Haddon Hall: perhaps the least known, but a prolific category of commentary and appreciation of the ancient edifice. Most of the poems are from the nineteenth century, and reflect the origination and nurturing of the Haddon Hall story. A number of categories can be recognized. All poems present a reverent or sympathetic viewpoint.
Dorothy Vernon—This romantic legend, true or not, is included in nineteenth century novels, and is the theme of the 1892 Arthur Sullivan operetta "Haddon Hall" and the 1924 Mary Pickford movie "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall." Most of the poets, however, have seized upon other aspects of the Hall.
Description of Haddon Hall—Many of the poems include a detailed physical description of the Hall, its interior and surrounding grounds. Some contrast the stately age of Haddon with the lavish newer environs of Chatsworth; Haddon does not come out second best in such a comparison.
Time Fleeth—Where are the imperious Vernon men and the beautiful Vernon women of centuries ago? Gone and forgotten, enshrined in Bakewell Church or existing as ghostly memories. But gray old Haddon Hall lives on and grows stronger in our memories.
Reminder of Haddon Hall—This surprising category has a Haddon Hall-phile recall a poem which, though not written about Haddon, brings to mind the ambience of the Hall. These include items by William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, and the fourteenth century Robert of Gloucester.
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This next book represents booklets which were produced when new information came to light, from 2007 through 2009. They are a chronological sequence of the emergence of new aspects of Haddon Hall and the Dorothy Vernon legend.
During a trip to Derbyshire, the editor became aware of Haddon Hall poems which he had not previously discovered, from the proprietor of the Buxton bookshop. Next was a visit to the Derbyshire Cultural Center library in Matlock. Their comprehensive manual card system yielded the poems and an obituary of Joseph Waterfall. Further investigation, in the Matlock and Buxton libraries, of thin volumes by little known authors, brought to light additional poems.
Thus continues the story of Haddon Hall as told by authors and poets. Notable is the Journal of Absalom Watkin and the entry describing his visit to Haddon Hall in 1817. It casts a clear light on the probable beginnings of the circulation of the Dorothy Vernon elopement story.
Also featured are sightings of 'portraits' of Dorothy Vernon. And poetry by the locally famous seventeenth century Leonard Wheatcroft.
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Next are two books of poetry by Lord John James Robert Manners, Seventh Duke of Rutland. They are titled "England's Trust and Other Poems", published in 1841 and "English Ballads and Other Poems", published in 1850. The 1841 book contains his famous quote: "Let wealth and commerce, laws and learning die, But leave us still our old Nobility!" The 1850 book book contains his poem "A Legend of Haddon Hall."
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