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Mermaid's Grave


A mermaid is said to be buried in the sands in the area around Nunton. In 1830 some women who were gathering seaweed spotted a mermaid in the waters close to the shore.They tried in vain to catch her, but she was too clever for them. Then a young boy started throwing stones in her direction, one struck her and she disappeared from view. A few days after the sighting the tiny body of the mermaid was washed up on the beach.

Described as having the top half of a young child and the lower part of a salmon without scales, she was buried in a small specially made coffin and shawl somewhere above the highest tide mark.

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In Borderlands by Mike Dash,

In Borderlands by Mike Dash, the mermaid was described as "The upper part of the creature was about the size of a well-fed child of three or four years of age, with abnormally developed breasts." .  Her hair was dark, glossy and long.  Her skin was soft and white.

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Re: Mermaid's Grave

I think the folklorist R.Macdonald Robertson  mentioned seeing this grave at a Nunton cemetary, whilst writing in 1961.  I wonder if it was some kind of local attraction of folly?

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