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Bowes sits at the western edge of County Durham. Historically Bowes was part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, the Castle was built on the corner of an old Roman fort which guarded the Stainforth Pass (now called Stainmoor), which takes the A66 through the Penines towards Cumbria.

Thereís only one pub in the village, The Ancient Unicorn, which is reputed to be haunted by several ghosts. This 17th century coaching inn famously played host to Charles Dickens as he toured the local area, he found inspiration at the local academy which he immortalised as Dotheboys Hall in Nicholas Nickleby.

Dotheboys Hall, formerly the Bowes Academy, a private school for 200 boys run by William Shaw, was visited by Charles Dickens on February 2nd, 1838. Outraged by its disgraceful conditions Dickens, in his novel Nicholas Nickleby, exposed the Academy and its principal (as Wackford Squeers) thereby creating a public outcry that forced many such schools, including the Bowes Academy, to close down. Dootheboys Hall is just behind the Castle, and many of the boys who died are buried in this churchyard. On the second picture, Iíve added an Ďout of placeí gravestone to add some interest to the foreground. The Headstone is inscribed : In memory of William Shaw who died January 10th 1850 Aged 67 years.

Dickens based the character of Wackford Squeers on William Shaw, principal of the Bowes Academy, as mentioned above. It appears that Dickens took great liberty with Shaw and itís reported that he was not the sort of man to be cruel to his boys and the church must have thought highly of him to bury him so close to the church.

Iíll add a photo of Dotheboys, which is a bit of a boring building, now split into various privately owned houses and therefore difficult to get too near.

Bit of a long diatribe here, but I thought you might find it interesting.

thanks for looking and for your kind comments and clicks. helen x

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 18 - 55
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bowes Castle
Username:aitchbrown aitchbrown
Uploaded:12 Jan 2009 - 5:34 PM
Tags:Architecture, Bowes castle, Charles dickens, Gravestone, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism
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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 5:36 PM

I love this. I remember visiting this place many years ago when my father owned 'The Bowes Moor Hotel. Excellent image.

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 - 5:37 PM

super images,well taken.ray

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mroch06
mroch06  6 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 - 5:41 PM

I prefer version 1, i think the headstone in v2 gets in the way

Cheers

Martin

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 6:24 PM

Up pops the headstone in v2!!
I think you have framed v1 and v2 very well with the trees. It makes a eyecatching composition
Helen

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7455 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 7:04 PM

V1 is superb, but playing pop-up with V2 gave me a few minutes very silly entertainment. I thought for a moment you'd done some very complicated cloning in V1! Good write-up, I'd forgotten the Dickens connection.
Moira

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rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 10:48 PM

Moody representation Helen. Ron.

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2009 - 12:24 AM

Great moody shots Helen

Bernie

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maratsuikka
13 Jan 2009 - 3:24 PM

i like this very m

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dathersmith
13 Jan 2009 - 10:43 PM

Great shot and narrative Helen, happy to be #30.

Darren.

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DP_Imagery
DP_Imagery e2 Member 10DP_Imagery vcard Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2009 - 11:01 PM

Love v1 - think it works better without the gravestone.

Bruce

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photophantom
14 Jan 2009 - 2:25 AM

Great write up and images Helen, well composed.
Dennis

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2009 - 9:30 AM

super set and description

ATB

ollie

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2009 - 9:50 AM

What a great place for the final rest! Love it!
Great work done in ps and good write up. Thanks for that! Please, would you geotag it for me? Smile
Johanna

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steve_r
steve_r e2 Member 7steve_r vcard England
14 Jan 2009 - 11:36 AM

GOOD SHOT. Good series of well taken Images, like them all well done with the write up too.
Regards Steve.

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 - 11:43 AM

Lovely three, you did some superb work with these, I love them all but V1 imo is best
Regards
Pete

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piccy  8 Wales
14 Jan 2009 - 8:04 PM

Three lovely shots and the snow really adds to the atmosphere of the place.
Freda

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SuperRoo
SuperRoo  763 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2009 - 11:59 PM

I like the extra headstone in V2... although I think it could do with a shadow adjustment to bring out the detail in the darker areas just a little bit. Smile

Paul

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Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 5:25 PM

Three superb shots Helen and a very interesting write-up.
Pete.

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2009 - 7:39 AM

Thanks Helen, Smile
Johanna

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2009 - 8:53 PM

v2 for me.lesley

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fvg  5 Argentina
25 Jan 2009 - 12:06 AM

Excellent Image v1 for me. great Work in there!

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pg349
pg349  5 England
25 Apr 2009 - 3:57 PM

I do like this one Helen; particularly using the graveyard as a foreground.
Paul (next door)

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