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 Friday, June 19, 2020

I'd like to apologise for repeatedly featuring Bow on this blog over the past months. This is because I can't travel very far at the moment. However, other Bows are available. You may find them of greater interest.

Bow, Devon
Bow is a village with a thousand residents on the main road between Okehampton and Crediton, and the approximate geographical centre of the county of Devon. The main street is lined by traditional cob and thatch properties and leads to an arched bridge over the River Yeo. The half-timbered White Hart has been serving beer since the 16th century. The Post Office has been housed in the Bow Garden and Aquatic Centre since 2007. Bow also has its own private waterworks which has supplied villagers since 1859. A mile across the fields in the hamlet of Nymet Tracey is St Bartholomew's Church whose nave and chancel arch date back to the 14th century, and its oak rood screen to the 15th. Slightly further away is the former Bow station, operational between 1865 and 1972 but now a private home. This has made visiting more difficult.

Bow, Devon
Bow is a tiny hamlet in the South Hams area of Devon, a few miles inland from Dartmouth. It has maybe three houses, a farm called Bow Farm and a wood called Bow Wood. It lies in a deep wooded valley beside a stream called The Gara, which flows towards the southwest's largest freshwater lake at Slapton Sands. The road from Bow Cross descends very steeply round a hairpin bend to Bow Bridge before rising just as sharply on the other side of the river. Visiting is unnecessary.

Bow, Oxfordshire
Bow is a hamlet in the Vale of White Horse in south Oxfordshire, formerly in Berkshire, about three miles from the River Thames. Bow is essentially a single street, Bow Road, on which can be found Bow Farm and Bow House. There used to be a Bow windmill and a Bow brickworks, but these are long gone. The Vale Way long distance trail passes through Bow following the Frogmore Brook. Bow is bolted onto to the village of Stanford in the Vale, a manorial settlement of early medieval origin which was once under the ownership of Elizabeth and Lettice Knollys. The poet Pam Ayres was born in Stanford, but not in Bow.

Bow, Cumbria
Bow is barely a hamlet, and can be found a couple of miles west of Carlisle. Insomuch as it has two parts, they are called High Bow and Low Bow. High Bow boasts a listed 19th century farmhouse with a 1½-storey long barn attached. Low Bow comprises a more modern farm with roadside pond. Contours suggest that Low Bow is ten feet lower than High Bow. There is absolutely no reason to visit either.

Bow, Dumfries and Galloway
Bow is a summit in the Galloway Hills overlooking Loch Doon. It's part of the Rhinns of Kells, a double-curved undulating ridge stretching over ten miles from Black Craig to Darrou. Bow slots inbetween Coran and Meaul, both of which are higher. At 2011ft high it's neither lofty enough to be a Munro, nor prominent enough to be a Graham. The summit is marked by a tiny cairn and looks down over the Lumps of Garryhorn. Hill-baggers are rarely moved to tick it off.

Bow, New Hampshire
Bow is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, and is located off Interstate 93 between Concord and Manchester. It was founded in 1727 and takes its name from a bend, or "bow", in the Merrimack River. The population of 7000 is thinly spread across a total area of 28 square miles, including an administrative hub at Bow Center and two suburbs at Bow Mills and Bow Bog. Residents enjoy over 1000 acres of Town Forest and an extensive trail system for biking, hiking and (in season) ice skating and sledding. Bow's most famous daughter is Mary Baker Eddy, founder of The Church of Christ, Scientist.

Bow, Washington
Bow is a small community in the Skagit Valley, Washington State, just over twenty miles south of the Canadian border. It started out as Brownsville in 1869 but changed its name in 1901 after the railroad passed through. Postmaster E. E. Heusted was persuaded to rename it "in honor of the great Bow railroad station in London, England", which from an East End perspective seems plain ridiculous. The only train you can catch in Bow today is on a narrow gauge steam railway at Diz Schimke's house, but only at Christmastime when he allows local residents aboard. All-year attractions include Taylor's Shellfish Farm on Chuckanut Drive and the Skagit Valley Casino Resort on Darrk Drive.

Bow, Kentucky
Bow consists of a few streets in Cumberland County near Burkesville. It's mostly fields and forest, with a population barely nudging into double figures. Its chief building is the Liberty United Methodist Church at the junction of Bow Road and Otter Creek Road. We're scraping the barrel now, sorry.

Other Bows are available
» The Bow, Scilly Isles: rock off the coast of St Agnes
» Bow Bowing, New South Wales: suburb SW of Sydney
» Bow Brickhill, Bucks: village just east of Milton Keynes
» Bow Broom, South Yorkshire: estate on the north side of Swinton
» Bow Fell, Cumbria: Lakeland peak, one of Wainwright's favourites
» Bow of Fife, Fife: crossroads near the Scottish Deer Centre
» Bow Head, Orkney: northernmost point of Westray
» Bow River, Alberta: 365 miles of Canadian drainage
» Bow Street, Ceredigion: village outside Aberystwyth, soon to gain station
» Broken Bow, Oklahoma: site of first human/Klingon contact, allegedly

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