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During my summer break
my friend and I
visited The Bowes Museum
in the market town of Barnard Castle

Fleur de Lys garden

John and Joséphine Bowes founded The Bowes Museum. John, the son of the 10th Earl of Strathmore, was born in Teesdale in 1811. His mother was a commoner, Mary Millner, who lived with the Earl to all intents as his wife for many years. The Earl married her just 16 hours before his death in an attempt to save his son’s succession. Two very long court cases ensued, finally settling the Durham estates on John, but not recognising him as the legitimate heir to the Strathmore title.
John was educated at Eton and became a very successful business man who invested heavily in the coal reserves on his land and bred four Derby winners. From 1847 he spent his time between France and England.
Joséphine Bowes was born in 1825. She was an actress in the Théatre des Variétés, Paris, which John Bowes owned. She shared John’s love of the arts and they married in 1852.


  1. Very interesting, and great pictures.

  2. Gorgeous! Love that chandelier! Fascinating story, too. :D

  3. Great photos, Saz, and an interesting feature. I would love to visit it one day. Hugs ~ Eddie

    PS Glad Moannie is up and running again but I am horrified they will not let her have her old blog back.

  4. Looks fabulous, you must have had such a lovely day.

  5. Great shots of this over-the-top place! I like the green man and the butterfly on the flower. I guess my personal taste is a bit more down-to-earth! :-)


  6. Very interesting find Sazzie and your pictures perfectly capture the scale and grandeur of the place.

    Just wish I knew how to get the accent aigu.

  7. well titled post, for sure!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  8. Great pictures! You make me want to go visit the castle right now!
    Canadian Chickadee

  9. Great pictures! You make me want to go visit the castle right now!
    Canadian Chickadee

  10. Wow, that is over the top gorgeous!
    Thanks for shharing.

  11. Oh, yes, opulent, indeed! A delightful look-see!

  12. Lovely! Your wonderful photos, especially that of the chandelier, just reek of opulence. Thanks for sharing the story. John didn't need a title to become a successful man, it seems.

  13. OMG What a beautiful place! They had me with the fleur de lys garden!

  14. WOW ... that is indeed opulance and some lovely photos

  15. What an amazingly lovely building and grounds!

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  17. Sara
    enjoyed the trip, but not crazy bout the green dude.

  18. Great pictures. The Green Man pops up again and again at buildings from this period. Must look into it.

  19. ha, I will experiment my thought, your post bring me some good ideas, it's really awesome, thanks.

    - Mark

  20. I am doing research for my college thesis, thanks for your useful points, now I am acting on a sudden impulse.

    - Lora


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