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Latitude: 54.5172 / 54°31'1"N
Longitude: -2.0168 / 2°1'0"W
OS Eastings: 399007
OS Northings: 513540
OS Grid: NY990135
Mapcode National: GBR GJC6.4H
Mapcode Global: WHB4J.ZQRF
Entry Name: Dotheboys Hall and Former Coach House
Listing Date: 12 January 1967
Last Amended: 17 June 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1121040
English Heritage Legacy ID: 111196
Location: Bowes, County Durham, DL12
County: County Durham
Civil Parish: Bowes
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham
NY 91 SE and NY 9913
19/34 and 33/34
Dotheboys Hall and
(Formerly listed as
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: NY9900713540
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