Guard, watch out

He warned of fires, approaching enemies or thunderstorms

As with its predecessor the Annot, a guard was on duty on the Munot day and night all year round. He warned of fires, approaching enemies and heavy storms and announced large incoming cargo ships on the Rhine. Another important task was the striking of the hours in accordance with the St. Johann (city) church bell. It was not until 1922 that a “Munotpedell” (warden) replaced the guard.

As well as a salary, the guard was also given wood, grain and every few years a new service tunic in the city colours. The guard and his family also lived in the tower rent-free.

The guard had a deputy who took over the watch for a few hours every night. The city council kept a close eye on their guards. Misconduct was punishable by wage cuts, dismissal or even prison sentences.

A tower guard signals with a trumpet. House Book of the Mendelian Twelve Brothers Foundation, 1426–1549. Nuremberg city library.

Even today, the Munot warden lives in the tower and rings the Munot bell every evening at 9 p.m.