Interview: Miss Anne Townsend, Spinster from An Unexpected Wish
Miss Townsend, welcome. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.
So lovely to meet you as well. I’m delighted to be here.
Perhaps you can tell us more about yourself?
I am the eldest daughter of a baronet. My father was Sir Walter Townsend. We grew up in our family estate in Sussex. My mother died young of influenza so I’ve been responsible for carrying for my younger sisters since her death. Father passed away from heart pains just six years ago. My stepbrother inherited the estate in Sussex. I have two sisters, Sophia and Juliet. I’m also the companion to Lady Danford.
You no longer live in Sussex? Where are you living now?
We currently reside in Beetham. Due to a misunderstanding with my stepbrother, we were forced to leave. Lady Danford was a friend of my mother’s and was kind enough to help us. I serve as her companion and in exchange, we are able to live in a cottage on her fine estate. Beetham is a beautiful place. I had never visited the Lake District before. The rolling hills and the surrounding
woods are lovely to walk in. The village is rather small, but adequate. The market town of Milnthorpe is very close by. St. Michael’s the church is very old and quite lovely.