The Dickens Bar at The Morritt has the only hand painted wall mural by John Gilroy in the world. The famous Northumbrian artist is best known for his Guinness Irish Stout advertising posters. The Morritt Gilroy murals cover all fourwalls of the bar, depicting a Dickensian scene of life in the 17th century. Humour and history perfectly combine in Gilroy’s masterpiece.
The Dickens Bar is so called as Charles Dickens visited Greta Bridge in 1838 to gather background information on the Yorkshire schools for his book, Nicholas Nickleby, partly set in Teesdale.
At the end of the 18th and early 19th Century, famous painters Turner and Cotman painted many of the beauty spots in andaround the Morritt Hotel and River Greta. The Meeting of the Waters is one ofthe best known. Sir Walter Scott, also aregular visitor wrote of the area and particularly of Brignall Banks flowingdown to the river and used Rokeby Park as the setting to his epic poem "Rokeby" in 1812.