First Home After The War - a Memory of Bamburgh.

When dad got out of Royal Navy at the end of the Second World War he took a job as a coastguard and was stationed at Bamburgh. The coastguard lookout was on the east side of the castle and a great deal of his duties in those days was to keep us kids away from washed up mines and great globs of crude oil that used to wash up on the beach. We were one of the few families that had a phone because of his job. It was a monster of a box with a grate handle generator built in. I attended Bamburgh village school under a teacher called Miss Ford who taught one of the 2 classes there. I had a very interesting young life, climbing the ivy-walled castle and the rocks by the golf course. A big day out was a trip to Seahouses and care had to be taken not to miss the return bus as they only ran twice a day. I spent many an hour on the green in front of the castle playing football and cricket. It was paradise for a young boy but could have been so much better if the sea was warmer and the north-east wind didn't blow so much!

A memory shared by Derek Hardy on May 8th, 2009. Send Derek Hardy a message

 Comments & Feedback

Mon Oct 20th 2014, at 8:44 am
I used to spend my school hols in Bamburgh,late 1940s until about 1952 .My gran used to take me and my young cousin on the "united bus" from Amble ,we stayed with my great aunt and uncle who when we first went lived down the "wynd"in a small cottage with the date above the door"1797",its still there but a holiday let now!Bamburgh was the best place in the world for a child .Just run out the back gate turn left and in two minutes you were on a great beach!!My aunt had beach huts she rented out to visitors .Later they moved to Ingram road ,I think the houses belonged to the castle .What a castle,surely the most photogenic in all England!!
I have been back several times and it is always a pleasure .I go and visit great aunt and uncles grave in St Aidans ,a beautiful church indeed.

Add your comment

You must be signed-in to your Frith account to post a comment.

or Register to post a Comment.

Sparked a Memory for you?

If this has sparked a memory, why not share it here?

Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

This week's Places

Here are some of the places people are talking about in our Share Your Memories community this week:

...and hundreds more! Enjoy browsing more recent contributions now.