The grand vision of the Queen’s ancestor George Bowes, Gibside is more than an architectural gem; it’s steeped in a dramatic family history.
National Trust Gibside is a stunning 18th century landscape garden, featuring a spectacular Palladian chapel, family sculpture trails and a local food market.
It was the vision of coal barron George Bowes and the childhood home Mary Eleanor Bowes, who’s life took a dramatic turn after the death of her father when she was aged just 11.
Uncover the life of Mary Bowes whilst exploring the Gibside Estate. From the extravagant life she lived with her first husband Earl of Strathmore, John Lyon, to tales of madness and the horrifying story of abduction and torture, as she fought to protect her inheritance from the clutches of her second husband, Andrew Robinson Stoney.
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