NZ0516 : Bowes Museum

taken 7 years ago, near to Barnard Castle, County Durham, Great Britain

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Bowes Museum
Bowes Museum
Bowes Museum (listed grade I) was built by J E Watson of Newcastle upon Tyne to designs by Jules Pellechet (1829-1903) during the period 1869 to c1885. It is in the style of a French chateau of the C17th, with a symmetrical front in which a central entrance block is flanked by ranges with attached pavilions. It is positioned on a platform cut into rising land at the centre of the site with a terrace and parterre in front of the building integral to the design. The building remains in use as a museum open to the public.
Bowes Museum

John Bowes (1811-85) was the illegitimate son of the tenth Earl of Strathmore. He spent many years living in France where he met and married Josephine Benoite, Countess of Montalbo. The couple amassed a large collection of objets d'art before returning to England and the Bowes Museum was designed to receive this collection and display it to the public. Bowes acquired land for the museum in 1869-70 in an area immediately east of Barnard Castle shown on the 1856 OS map as open fields.

Both Bowes and his wife died before completion of the project, but work was continued by the trustees and the museum was opened in 1892. Trusteeship of the museum was transferred to Durham County Council in 1956 and remains open to the public.

List Entry Number: 1000728 LinkExternal link
The Bowes Museum website: LinkExternal link

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Sunday, 2 November, 2014   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 26 November, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Public buildings and spaces  Educational sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Museum 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0557 1631 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:32.5214N 1:54.9251W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 05465 16292
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