Description: Bowes Museum with Steps and Railings Attached
Date Listed: 24 February 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 388779
OS Grid Reference: NZ0556416317
OS Grid Coordinates: 405564, 516317
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5421, -1.9155
770-1/7/149 (North side)
24/02/50 Bowes Museum with steps and railings
Private museum, publicly owned from 1952, with side and rear
area railings. 1869-c.1885 (opened 1892). By J Pellechet; JE
Watson of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, builder. For John Bowes, son of
the 10th Earl of Strathmore. Ashlar; roof of light grey
slates. Chateau style.
EXTERIOR: 2:3:2 storeys with basement and attics;
3:5:4:5:3-window ranges with central and end pavilions.
Entrance pavilion of 3 storeys: high plinths to paired free
Corinthian columns flanking round-headed arch with cartouche
key and pilasters; double painted-iron doors with studded
framed panels under split semicircular overlight with
fishscale fret, and leaf-carved spandrels below entablature
with deep modillion brackets. Panelled plinths and entablature
continue around set-back narrow side bays and returns, with
2-light windows. First floor has similar columns and
entablature on smaller plinths, and windows from floor level;
smaller top-floor windows with panelled pilasters and
To end pavilions: paired windows and wide panels on ground
floor, high round-headed window on first floor between paired
columns, and narrower pedimented attic window. Links between
pavilions have similar ground floor windows in corniced panels
under continuous cornice, the first floor pedimented under
bracketed cornice which continues across entire facade.
Rusticated basement has plain 2-light stone mullioned windows.
Steeply pitched pseudo-Mansard roof, hipped over pavilions and
convex-hipped over centre, has 2 levels of lights, the lower
pedimented dormers at eaves level, the upper round-headed in
archivolts, except in pavilions where they are oeils-de-boeuf.
Tall corniced chimneys at sides and behind front slope.
Pavilions have raised low pyramidal tops.
INTERIOR: lavish decoration with much marble cladding and
notable marble staircases with wide grip handrails on turned
balustrades. Contents include architectural fragments, some
local, including panelled room from West Auckland Manor House.
Spear-headed railings enclose areas at rear and sides.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner: County Durham: Harmondsworth:
Listing NGR: NZ0556416317
Source: English Heritage
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