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Description: Dotheboys Hall and Former Coach House
Date Listed: 12 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 111196
OS Grid Reference: NY9900513519
OS Grid Coordinates: 399005, 513519
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5170, -2.0169
BOWES THE STREET
NY 91 SE and NY 9913
19/34 and 33/34
Dotheboys Hall and
12/1/67 former coach-house
(Formerly listed as
GV Dotheboys Hall)
Large house formerly the Bowes Academy, now divided into 7 flats. Late C18-
early C19 house with late C20 alterations; late C19 coach-house. Dressed
sandstone. Graduated green slate roofs and stone chimney stacks. L-plan main
block (garden front and right return wing) with coach-house attached to left of
garden front and service wing attached at right-angles to rear of right return
2-storey, irregular 7-bay garden front with flush quoins. Replaced door and
radial fanlight in moulded round-arched surround in bay 6; flanking late C19
canted bay windows. Four 2-pane sashes in moulded surrounds with projecting
sills to left. 2-pane sashes above in identical surrounds. Low-pitched hipped
roof. 3 ridge stacks with top bands.
Coach-house: one-storey, 2-bay centre with blocked round arches and an
embattled parapet with pyramidal coping stones; flanking taller square-plan
towers break forward and have pyramidal roofs with ball finials.
2-storey, irregular 7-bay right return wing has scattered 4-pane sashes; pair
of rusticated coach arches, with late C20 glazing, towards rear. Low-pitched
roof hipped at rear.
One-storey service wing has replaced windows and a low-pitched roof.
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
Listed for historical interest.
(John Manning, Dickens on Education, 1959).
Listing NGR: NY9900513519
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Source: English Heritage
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