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Coordinates: 54°30′58″N 2°00′32″W / 54.516°N 2.009°W / 54.516; -02.009

Bowes Castle.jpg
Bowes Castle
Bowes is located in County Durham

 Bowes shown within County Durham
OS grid reference NY995135
Unitary authority County Durham
Ceremonial county County Durham
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DL12
Dialling code 01833
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Bishop Auckland
List of places: UK • England • County Durham

Bowes is a village in County Durham, England. Located in the Pennine hills, it is situated close to Barnard Castle. It is built around the medieval Bowes Castle.


Geography and administration


Civic history

Bowes lies within the historic county boundaries of the North Riding of Yorkshire, but along with the rest of the former Startforth Rural District it was incorporated into the non-metropolitan county of Durham for administrative purposes on 1 April 1974, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972.

The A66 and A67 roads meet at Bowes.


The Roman name for Bowes was Lavatrae. A Roman army station was located there.

The only pub in the village, The Ancient Unicorn, 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. Dickens found inspiration in the village academy, which he immortalised as Dotheboys Hall in Nicholas Nickleby; and the graves of two of the people who inspired characters portrayed by the great author remain in Bowes churchyard to this day.[1]

The well-known Bowes Museum is close by.

Until the 1960s, the village was served by Bowes railway station.


Bowes has a single primary school at the centre of the village, Bowes Hutchinson's C of E Primary school.

External links


  1. ^ William Shaw (1782-1850) was the headmaster of The Bowes Academy, and is said to have been the model for Wackford Squeers in Nicholas Nickleby. And Edward Ashton Taylor, who died in 1822 aged 19 apparently inspired Dickens to create the character of Smike in the same novel.


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