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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1121040



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: County Durham

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Bowes

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 12-Jan-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Jun-1986

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 111196

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NY 91 SE and NY 9913 19/34 and 33/34 12/1/67

BOWES THE STREET (South side) Dotheboys Hall and former coach-house (Formerly listed as Dotheboys Hall) II GV 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 wing.

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 down.

Listed for historical interest.

(John Manning, Dickens on Education, 1959).

Listing NGR: NY9900713540

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Manning, J, Dickens on Education, (1959)

National Grid Reference: NY9900713540


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