Hidden East Anglia:
Landscape Legends of Eastern England
A barrow known as Thet Hill, somewhere on the banks of the river Thet, is said to be haunted by the wraith of a red-haired chieftain, apparently possessing a 'benevolent' attitude toward witnesses.
Source: A. D. H. Coxe: 'Haunted Britain' (Hutchinson, 1973), p.115.
The church mermaid
In the mid-15th
century church of All Saints (TG144418) are many delightful carvings on the bench ends,
including dragons, lions, cats and horses. On the bench nearest the
north-west door is the image of a mermaid and her comb, said to be in
that particular spot because it overlooks the sea, and because as a pagan, she must be far away from the holy altar. Of her,
A. C. Erroll has written that a mermaid came to the church door one day asking for entry, but
was denied as she wasn't a Christian. But she managed to elude the churchwarden and slipped in. "The carving on the bench-end is proof of this", says Erroll. "Nobody can deny that she is
1. A. C.
Erroll: 'A History of the Parishes of Sheringham & Beeston Regis' (private,
At TF493014 beside the river Nene is Marmont Priory Farm, on the site of a 13th century cell of the Gilbertine order. A tunnel has long been rumoured to lead from the monastic remains, burrowing beneath the river, to St. Peter's church (TF506028) more than a mile away.