Originally posted on The Witch, The Weird, and The Wonderful.
Tales of bells that have been lost to the sea are a familiar occurrence in many legends, especially those that take place around Britain’s coastline. Whether lost by bad weather, bad luck, or punishment for a rash word spoken in anger, here are a selection of Britain’s drowned bells.
The Legend of Kilgrimol:
This tale is located at Lytham St Anne’s near Blackpool in Lancashire. Not far from the shore it is said that a church and its churchyard lie submerged beneath the waves. Known as Kilgrimol, there have been several explanations for what happened to the ill-fated church. Walter Thornber in his History of Blackpool and it’s Neighbourhood states that an earthquake caused the disaster, whereas other sources report a violent storm as the cause of the disappearance.
This story is founded on a degree of fact, and according to a 17th century source there was indeed…