The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is a magnificent French Chateau situated in parklands and gardens in the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle in the Durham Dales.

Known as the North’s Museum of Art, the Bowes Museum houses internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts, as well as collections devoted to fashion, textile and design.

It was built by John and Josephine Bowes and opened to the public as a Museum in 1892.

John Bowes was a businessman and the son of an Earl who bought the Théâtre De Variétés in Paris. It was here that he met Josephine, an actress, they married in 1852.

They settled in France at Chateau de Barry but later sold their land and property in Louveciennes, buying plots of land in Barnard Castle to embark on an ambitious project to create a museum of fine art. It is one of the UK’s most striking and beautiful museums dedicated to art and design.

Peter Coverdale has been commissioned regularly by The Bowes Museum to manage both build and restoration works, including:

  • Setting up and installing exhibitions
  • Extensive lath and plaster of the large dome interior
  • Stone repairs and alterations
  • Reordering the layout of the main foyer, reception area and gift shop
  • Breaking through a stone wall to form a new arched entrance to the gift shop
  • Replicating the same moulded style of nearby openings for the gift shop archway

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Coverdale Hughes are specialists in the repair and restoration of historic buildings, private homes of distinction and bespoke property developments.

Greta Bridge

Greta Bridge is a small hamlet and village on the banks of the River Greta, three miles South East of the market town of Barnard Castle in the Durham Dales.