Cowan Bridge

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Cowan BridgeCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_0_0
OS grid referenceCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_1_0 Cowan Bridge_cell_0_1_1
Civil parishCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_2_0 Cowan Bridge_cell_0_2_1
DistrictCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_3_0 Cowan Bridge_cell_0_3_1
Shire countyCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_4_0 Cowan Bridge_cell_0_4_1
RegionCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_5_0 Cowan Bridge_cell_0_5_1
CountryCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_6_0 EnglandCowan Bridge_cell_0_6_1
Sovereign stateCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_7_0 United KingdomCowan Bridge_cell_0_7_1
Post townCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_8_0 CARNFORTHCowan Bridge_cell_0_8_1
Postcode districtCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_9_0 LA6Cowan Bridge_cell_0_9_1
Dialling codeCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_10_0 015242Cowan Bridge_cell_0_10_1
PoliceCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_11_0 LancashireCowan Bridge_cell_0_11_1
FireCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_12_0 LancashireCowan Bridge_cell_0_12_1
AmbulanceCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_13_0 North WestCowan Bridge_cell_0_13_1
UK ParliamentCowan Bridge_header_cell_0_14_0 Cowan Bridge_cell_0_14_1

Cowan Bridge is a village in the English county of Lancashire. Cowan Bridge_sentence_0

It is south-east of the town of Kirkby Lonsdale where the main A65 road crosses the Leck Beck. Cowan Bridge_sentence_1

It forms part of the civil parish of Burrow-with-Burrow. Cowan Bridge_sentence_2

Clergy Daughters' School Cowan Bridge_section_0

Main article: Cowan Bridge School Cowan Bridge_sentence_3

Cowan Bridge was the site of the Clergy Daughters' School attended by Charlotte and Emily Brontë, the notable 19th-century writers, and their older sisters Maria and Elizabeth, who died after experiencing harsh privations at the school. Cowan Bridge_sentence_4

There is a plaque commemorating this association on the former school building, which partially survives. Cowan Bridge_sentence_5

The churchyard of St Peter's Church, Leck, has graves of several of the children who died at the school. Cowan Bridge_sentence_6

Charlotte described the abuses, the typhus epidemic in which seven pupils died, the scandal which followed, and subsequent reform of the school in Jane Eyre. Cowan Bridge_sentence_7

The character of Helen Burns is based closely on Maria. Cowan Bridge_sentence_8

Reverend Brocklehurst is a portrait of William Carus Wilson, who managed the school in the Brontës' time. Cowan Bridge_sentence_9

Women readers who had attended the school confirmed Charlotte's account. Cowan Bridge_sentence_10

In a letter to her publisher W.S. Cowan Bridge_sentence_11

Williams, Charlotte describes overhearing an elderly clergyman talk about reading Jane Eyre and saying "Why, they have got Cowan Bridge School, and Mr. Wilson here, I declare! Cowan Bridge_sentence_12

and Miss Evans." Cowan Bridge_sentence_13

She says, "He had known them all. Cowan Bridge_sentence_14

I wondered whether he would recognise the portraits, and was gratified to find that he did, and that, moreover, he pronounced them faithful and just. Cowan Bridge_sentence_15

He said, too, that Mr. Wilson 'deserved the chastisement he had got.'" Cowan Bridge_sentence_16

The Clergy Daughters' School still exists. Cowan Bridge_sentence_17

It was moved to Casterton shortly after the scandal. Cowan Bridge_sentence_18

In 1840 another typhus epidemic struck 70 of the pupils, claiming the lives of three. Cowan Bridge_sentence_19

By 1857 Dorothea Beale was teaching there. Cowan Bridge_sentence_20

It was apparent to her that while some of the physical circumstances had improved since Charlotte's time, the spiritual aspects had not changed. Cowan Bridge_sentence_21

When the Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth Gaskell came out, Beale began to write her own unfavorable impressions of the religious education handed out there. Cowan Bridge_sentence_22

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