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Parish Church of St Michael

A girl with long dark hair walks around the churchyard; she is said to have been betrothed to a local man named Bernard but the girl's father forbade their marriage as he was too poor. Bernard volunteered to accompany Francis Drake to find his fortune and the girl agreed to wait. She eventually gave up hope after many year's waiting and hearing that the ship with Bernard has sunk. She arranged to marry a local farmer but on the day of the wedding, the window of the church was shattered by a canonball; it was Bernard's way of saying he was coming home - and the two were eventually married. A local legend also says that six carved effigies of the Drake family come to life on the night of a full moon, where they walk from the church to a stream to drink and then return.


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