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Dotheboys Hall is the brutal Yorkshire school run by the evil Wackford Squeers depicted in Charles Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby. This image, a photographic reproduction of an original drawing made in 1841, depicts the real school – Bowes Academy in Yorkshire – that inspired Dickens. Here, the school looks fairly unremarkable, but newspaper reports, letters from parents, and Dickens’s novel all provide a more vivid picture of the treatment and living conditions inside.

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