Jane Elizabeth Holmes, born in 1838, (the grand daughter of Locomotive pioneer, Timothy Hackworth) wrote the book 'Esther'"Though Esther was as wild and free
An extended poem of a 110 pages, in the early 1860's, published posthumously in 1865. The poem is set in the lakes, around Pooley Bridge and Ullswater, moving on to London, but more specifically centered in and around Lyulph's Tower, Aira Force Waterfall, Dockray, Cumbria, where Wordsworth set the poem “The Somnambulist” (1828) in response to the legend of the ghost of Aira Force.
Trish Campbell (a teacher) describes it as "a story of a girl (Esther Stafford) from 16 to 23, just 7 years. She dies at 23, so similar to her own life. I wonder if it was imagination or autobiographical maybe. It reads like a minstrel or a bard recounting / singing a tale to preserve history and it really touched me. Very sensitive and religious. The moral is 'don't let pride get in the way of love'. It took me a while to get used to the style but it made me cry. So sad and yet beautifully descriptive. It's hard to imagine it was written by one so young but then Kate Bush was the same. It's set in the hall and the falls around Ullswater at the beginning, but then life's journey of joys and sorrows goes to London..a tale of love, pride and sorrow. In particular I liked the description on pages 20 - 22, 39,40,79, 87,114, 121 to the end"
Jane Elizabeth Holmes, never got to see her poem in print, although that was her desire.
Sadly, she died in 1863 at the age of 24 and her poem was sent to print by her family, in 1865 and published by HJ Tresidder, 17, Ave Marie Lane, London EC and printed by Spottiswoode and Co. 5, New Street Square, London EC.
I found a hard copy in the archives of Joan Hackworth Weir in 2021, which belonged to her forebear, John Wesley Hackworth, son of Timothy. The page with the signature is on this page below. The book was already on line as a pdf and in other formats which you can view here. https://archive.org/details/estherpoem00jerr/mode/2up?ref=ol&view=theater
Museum at Shildon, Co Durham UK) has provided the following -