The Mermaid of Blake Mere Pool, Staffordshire

The British Isles has its fair share of myths and legends concerning mermaids attached to many different places all around the coast. Surprisingly there are also a number of mermaid legends attached to many inland lakes and pools from all over Britain.

Blackmere Pond – by Graham Richter –  CC BY-SA 3.0

Blake Mere Pool has two legends attached to it that tell very different stories.   One account tells how a sailor from Thorncliffe, a nearby town, fell in love with a mermaid he met on one of his voyages and brought her to the pool so that they could both live close together. However he was a mortal and she was an immortal being and the sailor eventually died leaving her in the pool all alone.  The other account is more violent and brutal.  Read more

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