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Dr John Sharp

This kindly and intelligent man led the castle's restoration in the 18th century. He created a school in the newly restored Crewe Room (now a part of the museum) and also set up Britain's first lifeboat station keeping a safe watch over the seas around Bamburgh.

castle empty chairHe is said to love Bamburgh Castle so much that he never wishes to leave it. Dr Sharp is regularly seen by visitors wandering around the castle just keeping an eye on things. They recognise him from his portrait hanging proudly in the King's Hall. Members of the Armstrong family and castle staff have seen him from time to time walking around the building he loves.


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