Bowes is a large village located between the junction of the A 66 and A 67 and the River Greta, at the eastern end of the road pass across the Pennines. The village has been important for centuries. The A 66 follows the same route as a Roman road, and the Roman fort of Lavatris was built on the western side of the village, just to the south of the remains of Bowes Castle. The nearby Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle isn't linked to Bowes village, but instead is named after John and Josephine Bowes, the nineteenth century founders of the museum.

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