One of my favourite castles is Bamburgh, the subject of my letter B.
Not far up the coast from my letter A, Alnwick, this castle sits on the beach and provides a spectacular view. While children construct castles using the golden sand, Bamburgh castle has stood undaunted by time and bombardment. Now a private home, it boasts ghosts, a great hall constructed using teak timber from Thailand and a windmill.
The mill was built in the eighteenth century by a local clergymen to provide cheap corn for the poor. The enlightened trustee, Dr Sharp, also founded charities including a school inside the castle for the uneducated children, a pharmacy, hospital and a midwife.
The mill sits on an outcrop outside the castle’s walls. Built in a time when castles no longer fulfilled any military purpose, it probably made for an unusual job for the local miller. Now, I’d love to know what had happened if it had been built a few centuries earlier…
An opportunity has opened up for an independent miller. Applicant will have an opportunity to work by the sea with beautiful views.
The employer is obliged to warn any potential applicant that canon fire might be a hazard. Due to the location of the battery alongside the mill, the miller will be required to wear a helmet. The use of armour might be necessary too.
Every opportunity will be given to protect the miller from loose canon fire, however, no guarantees can be made that the mill, or its occupants will not come under fire during a siege.
The successful candidate is welcome to attend prayers at the chapel.