Friday, 20 June 2014
The Suffolk mermaid
Somewhere in Rendlesham could be found an S shaped pond with a sinister reputation. Children in the 19th century were warned to stay away from it 'lest the mermaid should come and crome you in'.
Crome was a long-handled rake.
Some folklorists believe that these legends of water bogeys are distorted memories of water spirits which were worshipped by our pagan ancestors. Others suggest that tales like these have a rather mundane origin ..... to deter children from playing near water.