Hannah Hauxwell quilt bought by The Bowes Museum
Hannah Hauxwell quilt bought by The Bowes Museum

Hannah Hauxwell quilt bought by The Bowes Museum

Teesdale quilt to become part of the North Country quilt collection.

The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce it has successfully won a quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother at auction.


The quilt, made by Elizabeth Bayles, will become part of the Museum’s internationally recognised North Country quilt collection.


It was one of twenty two lots, thirteen of which were quilts, from Hannah Hauxwell’s estate that came under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers on Saturday 9 February.


Joanna Hashagen, Curator of Fashion and Textiles, said: “I felt strongly that this particular quilt is very important, both artistically and historically.  It is a very attractive colourful ‘Strippy’ quilt of printed cottons, which has then been quilted with traditional patterns and, very unusually, signed with the initials E.B.  This stands for Elizabeth Bayles, who lived in the Hunderthwaite area of Teesdale all her life. 


“The Bowes Museum does not have an example like this, we have ‘Strippy’s’ made of plain fabric, usually red and white.  I am delighted that private donations have meant that we can keep one of these quilts that belonged to Hannah Hauxwell in Teesdale.”


Hannah Hauxwell shot to fame in the 1972 Yorkshire TV documentary, ‘Too Long a Winter’, about her life at Low Birk Hatt Farm in Baldersdale without electricity or running water. She moved to Cotherstone in 1988.


Her executors have donated a large framed photograph of Hannah Hauxwell standing in front of High Force to The Bowes Museum.  It is signed and dated by the cameraman who filmed her for Yorkshire TV.


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The Bowes Museum is closed!

Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Caf� Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

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We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.