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St. Michael’s Mount is hiring a live-in castle manager




Zelda Caldwell - published on 05/13/21

Cornwall’s historic island castle dates back to the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded there.

Calling all lovers of Catholic history. We may have found your dream job.

The island of St. Michael’s Mount, located off the coast of Cornwall in southwest England, is looking to hire a live-in caretaker for its castle, reports the BBC.

On the island visited by the Archangel Michael

Legend has it that as far back as 495, the Archangel Michael appeared on the western side of the island to guide fishermen to safety as they navigated through the rock-strewn waters.

Edward the Confessor gave the site to the Benedictine order of Mont Saint-Michel, located across the English Channel in Normandy. The oldest buildings on the site date back to 1135, when construction began on a church and priory. 

Four miracles were said to have taken place there, in 1262 and in 1263, and St. Michael’s Mount became a popular pilgrim destination until Henry VIII disbanded monasteries and priories in England, Wales and Ireland sometime between 1536 and 1541.

Live at the castle five nights a week

Today, the island is jointly run by the National Trust and the St. Aubyn family, who live in the castle.

Duties would include staying at the castle at least five nights a week, castle maintenance, and checking the public rooms at the end of each day, reports the BBC.

Castle steward Duncan Murdoch told the BBC: “The best thing about living here is having a sea view from every window.

“The worst thing is not being able to get a pizza delivered to your door.”

Kate Cornwell, of the St Aubyn Estate, told the BBC, “People who suffer from sea sickness need not apply — you’ll need to love boats as it’s the only way to get on and off the island at high tide.”

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