A house intended as the residence of a widow, typically one near the main house on her late husband’s estate.
- Originally the dower house of the Courtown House Estate, Marlfield was bought by the Bowes from the Earls of Courtown in 1977.
- When a landowner died, his son would inherit the estate while the widow would be offered a home on the estate for the rest of her life - a dower house.
- Designed by a notable York architect, the castle was originally constructed as a dower house for Sir Christopher's mother, but she chose to stay put at the main house.
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