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Bowes Castle

By aitchbrown
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

Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Gravestone Landscape and travel Charles dickens Bowes castle

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VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 5:36PM
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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super images,well taken.ray
mroch06 9 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 5:41PM
I prefer version 1, i think the headstone in v2 gets in the way


helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 6:24PM
Up pops the headstone in v2!!
I think you have framed v1 and v2 very well with the trees. It makes a eyecatching composition
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 7:04PM
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.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
12 Jan 2009 10:48PM
Moody representation Helen. Ron.
imagio 11 12 1 England
13 Jan 2009 12:24AM
Great moody shots Helen

13 Jan 2009 3:24PM
i like this very m
dathersmith 10 559 12 England
13 Jan 2009 10:43PM
Great shot and narrative Helen, happy to be #30.

DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
13 Jan 2009 11:01PM
Love v1 - think it works better without the gravestone.

photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
14 Jan 2009 2:25AM
Great write up and images Helen, well composed.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
14 Jan 2009 9:30AM
super set and description


brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 9:50AM
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
steve_r 10 England
14 Jan 2009 11:36AM
GOOD SHOT. Good series of well taken Images, like them all well done with the write up too.
Regards Steve.
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2009 11:43AM
Lovely three, you did some superb work with these, I love them all but V1 imo is best
piccy 11 8 Wales
14 Jan 2009 8:04PM
Three lovely shots and the snow really adds to the atmosphere of the place.
SuperRoo 11 63 2 Australia
14 Jan 2009 11:59PM
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

Pegon 12 78 1 England
15 Jan 2009 5:25PM
Three superb shots Helen and a very interesting write-up.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 7:39AM
Thanks Helen, Smile
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
19 Jan 2009 8:53PM
v2 for me.lesley
fvg 9 Argentina
25 Jan 2009 12:06AM
Excellent Image v1 for me. great Work in there!
pg349 9 England
25 Apr 2009 3:57PM
I do like this one Helen; particularly using the graveyard as a foreground.
Paul (next door)

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